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Episode 806: Walmart's Pickle

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:57pm

Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!

(Image credit: Marcie LaCerte/NPR)

David Crosby On World Cafe

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:21pm

On the occasion of his new album, Sky Trails, the legendary singer-songwriter pops in to tell funny stories from across his long career.

(Image credit: Anna Webber/Courtesy of the artist)

Lost Kitchen Restaurant Made Chef's Small Hometown A Dining Destination

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:03pm

One of the most coveted dinner experiences in America is a 40-seat restaurant in rural Maine where the chef prides herself in serving local food that diners recognize on the plate.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Nicole Franzen)

It's Time To Say Thnks Fr Th Mmrs To Vans Warped Tour

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

The Vans Warped Tour is the longest running music festival in North America. On Wednesday, founder Kevin Lyman announced that the tour is ending after 22 years. After helping launch bands like No Doubt, Sublime and countless others, the next summer will be the last cross-country tour.

Critics Say Tillerson Is Gutting The State Department In His Re-Design Efforts

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is running into opposition in Congress as he tries to cut the budget and the staff at the State Department. Longtime Ambassadors are sounding the alarm too.

A Re-Evaluation Of Bill Clinton's Behavior After The Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

In the post-Weinstein era, today's progressives and feminists are re-evaluating former President Bill Clinton's behavior and coming to different conclusions than their older counterparts did in the late 90s. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Ezra Klein, editor of Vox, about what's being said, and about his take on Clinton's past.

Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.

Female Voters In Alabama Speak Out For And Against Roy Moore

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Alabama may be among the most Republican states in the nation, but will the allegations of sexual assault push some Republican women away from their party's U.S. Senate candidate, Roy Moore?

Economist Takes Deep Dive Into The Effects Of Slashing Corporate Taxes

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

There are significant differences between the Senate and House versions of the tax overhaul. NPR's Elise Hu talks with economist Kimberly Clausing about how both plans would offer a very large tax cut for corporations and that cut would be permanent, and what that would mean.

Congress Is Continuing To Address Sexual Harassment Issues

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

NPR's Elise Hu speaks with David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and co-author of One Nation After Trump about how allegations of sexual harassment are being handled in the political sphere and the tax overhaul efforts in Congress.

FCC Rule Rollback Makes It Easier To Buy And Sell Media Outlets

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

On Thursday, The FCC rolled back rules meant to prevent single media companies from dominating the news in local markets. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Professor Lewis Friedland of the University of Wisconsin-Madison about what that could mean for cities and towns across the country.

Senate Plan For Individual Tax Cuts Could Set Congress On A Collision Course

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Senate Republicans would phase out tax cuts for individuals after several years. Critics say they are both setting up future political crises, and hiding the true cost of their tax plan.

In 'The Problem With Apu,' Hari Kondabolu Discusses South Asian Representation

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based stand-up comedian, the child of Indian immigrants, and a big fan of The Simpsons. NPR's Elise Hu talks Kondabolu, whose new film The Problem With Apu delves into issues of South Asian representation.

If You Give Sheep Cameras, They'll Help Create Street Maps

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

The Faroe Islands didn't have Google street view, but they wanted to. So they strapped 360-degree cameras on the backs of sheep to make their own.

Music In 'Mudbound' Intended To Evoke Earth, Dirt And Mud

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Afro-punk artist, Tamar-kali, makes her debut as a film composer in Mudbound, the new movie from director Dee Rees. Her background includes running a five-piece rock combo and a string sextet that fuses classical music and post-punk.

Tourists Are Returning To the U.S. Virgin Islands As Recovery Is Still Happening

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

NPR's Elise Hu speaks with Kenneth Mapp, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands after they welcomed back the first cruise ships since Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through. Tourists are coming back, but there are other parts where recovery efforts are still moving slowly.

T-Pain Emerges From Emotional 'Oblivion' With New Album

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:36pm

The Tallahassee rapper/singer drops his first full-length album in six years.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist/Nappy Boy Entertainment/Konvict Muzik/RCA Records)

Politician's Public Peeing Puts Spotlight On Need For Public Toilets

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:20pm

It's not exactly clear what prompted Ugandan MP Ibrahim Abriga to relieve himself on a city wall. But one thing is certain: Kampala is one of many places where public toilets can be hard to find.

(Image credit: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Remembering Syndicated Gossip Columnist Liz Smith

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Smith, who died Sunday, started her daily column for The New York Daily News in 1976. In 2000, she told Fresh Air: "I always held back from writing things that were intentionally hurtful."

Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Kaling's Hulu series, The Mindy Project, recently ended after six seasons. In 2012, the actress told Fresh Air that her character on the show was inspired by her late mother, who was an obstetrician.

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