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In The Dark Crime Thriller 'Old Stone,' A Taxi Driver Turns Amateur Detective

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Johnny Ma's mordant tale of a taxi driver forced to cover the health costs of a man he ran over "shifts from docudrama to "black-hearted thriller," says critic Mark Jenkins.

Trump Gushes About Pakistan In Call With Its Prime Minister

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:56pm

The U.S. and Pakistan have had strained relations for years. But in a phone call between Donald Trump and Pakistan's leader, the president-elect was full of effusive praise.

Trump Warns U.S. Companies Will Be Taxed Very Heavily If They Leave Country

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:34pm

Trump appeared at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis that will keep 1,000 jobs rather than moving them to Mexico after he intervened.

Top U.S. AIDS Official Touts Progress, Has Tough Words For Tanzania

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:32pm

An interview with Dr. Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator. She says this is an "exciting" time in the global fight against the disease.

French President Francois Hollande Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:27pm

This marks the first time in 60 years that a sitting French president hasn't sought re-election. Hollande is extremely unpopular, and this opens up the candidate field for his Socialist Party.

Aversion To Fidel Castro Spans Generations Of Cuban-American Families

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

In many Cuban-American families, the aversion to Fidel Castro spanned generations. This is true even as children and grandchildren of the original exiles grew more liberal in their political beliefs. It's true in the Ramos family of Miami.

Giving Tuesday Generates Record Number Of Charitable Donations

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

For a few years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been called #GivingTuesday, hashtag included. This is a day where people donate to organizations and give back, in general. But this year, donation records have skyrocketed. For some, President-elect Trump was their primary motive for giving.

Business Leaders In Trump's Cabinet Pledge Commitment To Populist Message

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

This much is clear: Donald Trump is assembling a very wealthy cabinet. Key players Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, nominees for Treasury and Commerce respectively, are Wall Street veterans, but they say they are committed to Trump's populist message.

Legal Battles Over Abortion Continue In States Across U.S.

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

Whatever a Trump administration does when it comes to abortion, state by state legal battles over the procedure will continue to play out. More lawsuits and another restrictions were announced this week.

Syrian Regime Makes Advances In Rebel-Held Area Of Aleppo

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a veteran diplomat who has served in the Middle East, about the situation in Syria as the regime makes advances in the part of Aleppo under rebel control.

New Members Of Congress Compete In Office Lottery

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

Back flips, superstitious dances and prayers aloud are all strategies used by incoming members of Congress during the biennial event known as the congressional office lottery. It determines who gets primo office real estate and who gets stuck in the hinterlands of Capitol Hill.

Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit Heads To Connecticut Supreme Court

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:31pm

The gun's design and intended use are at the heart of the plaintiffs' case, as the families' attorneys say the weapon should never have been sold to civilians.

Mary Halvorson Leaves Some Room For Weirdness In 'Away With You'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:30pm

Halvorson, a prolific jazz guitarist, plays with harmonies and melodies as she leads an eight-piece band on her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Away With You "richer than ever."

Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:18pm

The New York Times' Eric Lipton says that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings. But Lipton doubts congressional Republicans would probe such conflicts.

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Ruling To Block Overtime Pay Rule

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 1:27pm

The future of the rule is extremely uncertain. Even if the Obama administration wins its appeal, the incoming Trump administration has already threatened to scrap the measure.

Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 1:18pm

A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.

Carrier Will Keep 1,000 Jobs In U.S., But Trump Faces A Much Tougher Problem

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:57pm

Like President Obama, Trump must deal with the millions of old-school, middle-skill jobs, like manufacturing, that just aren't coming back.

We Banjo 3 On Mountain Stage

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:47pm

Hear the Irish band play its mix of swing, soul and banjo live onstage in West Virginia.

A Million Dollar Prize For A Doctor Who Goes The Extra Mile

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:42pm

Dr. Raj Panjabi started Last Mile Health to bring health care to remote parts of Liberia. Now he's received the very generous TED Prize, to be used to fulfill "a wish."

Advice For Employees Who Hate The Boss

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:33pm

We speak with Curt Nickisch of Harvard Business Review about what employees should do if they don't get along with the person managing them.




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