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How Will China Select Its New Leaders At Its Communist Party Congress?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:32am

Experts believe Chinese leader Xi Jinping intends to bend, break or scrap informal succession rules. He is most opposed to a rule that could hinder his ability to designate his own successor.

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How You, Too, Can Create Emojis

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:27am

Emojis make up a young and emerging language — and that means we need more of the cute little pictures to help us say exactly what we mean.

Florida's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Richard Spencer Speech

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:21am

As a state entity, the University of Florida must allow the white nationalist to speak on campus. But its president urged students and staff to avoid the event and shun its speaker.

(Image credit: Bernard Brzezinski/University of Florida)

Where In The World A Housing Bubble Might Pop

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:20am

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson learns more about how UBS Wealth Management ranked its annual Global Real Estate Bubble Index.

New Wildfire Ignites In California's Santa Cruz Mountains, Evacuations Ordered

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:11am

As firefighters in Northern California make progress on the deadly wildfires, some evacuated residents have been able to return home.

ISIS Loses Raqqa, Its One-Time Capital

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:06am

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson sorts out the complicated Middle East battlefield with BuzzFeed News correspondent Mike Giglio, who's based in the region.

New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:04am

On this week's show: Reincarnation, the afterlife, parallel universes, time travel... and how it'll affect your weekend! Also: What to do when a favorite artist works with a not-so-favorite artist.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artists)

Songs We Love: CCFX, 'Venetian Screens'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:00am

Featuring members of Trans FX, CC Dust and Vexx, the Olympia trio channels the dream-pop of Cocteau Twins and retro dance sounds of Saint Etienne.

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Songs We Love: Cut Worms, 'Widow's Window'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:24am

Max Clarke arrives with a dusty, beautiful collection of understated but sharply written songs that play out like a montage. On "Widow's Window," he whispers to a sill.

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Top Stories: Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws; The Dow Tops A New High

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:24am

Also: Islamic State militants are surrounded in Raqqa, Syria; the latest on California's wildfires; and the plague outbreak is getting worse in Madagascar.

Dow Crosses Another Milestone, Topping 23,000 For The First Time

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:08am

The Dow Jones industrial average topped 23,000 for the first time, crossing another milestone amid better-than-expected earnings reports and concerns that stocks are approaching another bubble.

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:04am

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:54am

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., is withdrawing days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Agency in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

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ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:42am

Arab and Kurdish fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began their offensive four months ago. Now ISIS fighters are reportedly bottled up in a stadium complex in the city.

(Image credit: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

'Tis The Season? James Elkington Gets Moody On '13 Days Of Xmas'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:00am

The Chicago-based guitarist digs into his English heritage for a traditional folk song featured on a new holiday music compilation from Bloodshot Records.

(Image credit: Tim Harris/Courtesy of the artist)

Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Is 'Quietly' Involved In Anthem Protest

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:46am

NFL executives and players meet to discuss protests during the national anthem. Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin is watching closely — he's become involved with issues underlying the protests.

Senate Democrat Calls On Trump To Withdraw Tom Marino's Nomination

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:46am

David Greene talks to Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill about reports that President Trump's nominee to be the next drug czar, Republican Rep. Tom Marino, has deep ties to the drug industry.

Anthony Bourdain Urges Americans To 'Value The Things We Eat'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:16am

In interview with NPR's Here & Now about his new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, the chef drives home the enormity of the problem and the importance of changing our perspective.

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Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In 'Uncommon Type'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:00am

Tom Hanks' well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles.

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'Star Wars' Fan In Ohio Recreates Imperial Walker On His Front Yard

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:51am

Remember the massive four-legged transport vehicle from The Empire Strikes Back? Nick Meyer needed a Halloween theme: He built the All Terrain Armored Transport, also known as an AT-AT walker.

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