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First Listen: Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts, 'Milano'

16 hours 54 min ago

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O guest stars on the Italian producer's paean to 1980s Milan and all its vices.

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Yes Or No? Spain Demands An Answer On Catalonia's Independence

20 hours 14 min ago

After the regional government failed to clarify its stance on secession earlier this week, Madrid imposed a Thursday deadline for it to withdraw a declaration of independence or face direct rule.

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Federal Judge Orders Government To Allow Abortion For Teenager In The U.S. Illegally

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:07pm

The case pits the Trump administration and anti-abortion groups against civil libertarians and immigrant rights advocates.

Declassified Files Lay Bare U.S. Knowledge Of Mass Murders In Indonesia

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:47pm

The Indonesian military systematically killed at least half a million people in the 1960s. Documents released Tuesday show U.S. officials knew about it from the start — and stood by as it unfolded.

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'Courage, Personified': Remembering The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:18pm

A reflection on the singer's impact on the entire nation of Canada, and his electric last performance on August 20 in Kingston, Ontario.

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:00pm

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

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Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested For Years By Team Doctor

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:44pm

The gold medalist says Dr. Larry Nassar claimed he was giving her "medically necessary treatment." She says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old.

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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:22pm

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

The last known privately owned painting by Leonardo da Vinci is going up for auction. But it will probably go back into private hands because no museum can afford the price. "Salvator Mundi" is likely to sell for more than a $100 million.

How Can The International Community Respond To The 'Ethnic Cleansing' In Myanmar?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein about what can be done about the violence perpetrated by Myanmar's military against the Rohingya minority.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:41pm

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

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