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Austrians To Vote In Tight Presidential Election On Sunday

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Austrians return to the polls on to elect a president, after a May election was disallowed. The race is close between a far-right nationalist candidate and the former head of Austria's Green party.

Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis Picked By Trump To Be Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor about Donald Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to head Defense. Mattis endorses an aggressive use of force against ISIS.

Movie Review: 'Jackie' Stars Natalie Portman As Jacqueline Kennedy

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

A biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy opens on Friday, and centers on the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our reviewer says Jackie is a transporting and transfixing biopic.

Castro's Final Journey Is Tightly Orchestrated, Drawing Huge Crowds

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Fidel Castro's remains continue their cross-country, four-day tour of Cuba through a radically changed countryside. A military convoy is escorting the ex-leader's ashes through towns and cities.

Richard Stengel Is Set To Leave State Department Post

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep sits down for an exit interview with Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel about his efforts to counter ISIS messaging and the challenges he sees going forward.

San Bernardino Attack: The Police View 1 Year Later

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep talks to police chief Jarrod Burguan one year after a husband and wife team killed 14 people and injured 22 in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Trump Picks Retired Marine Corps General Mattis As Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

At a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night, Donald Trump said he would select retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department, filling a key role in the incoming administration.

Jeff Koons Gives France A Giant Bouquet Of Flowers, But It Comes With A Price

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

The work of art is meant to honor the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks. Construction is already underway on Bouquet of Tulips -- but not all Parisians are pleased with the gift.

Veterans Offer Relief To Protesters Of Dakota Access Pipeline

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

Thousands of military veterans will descend on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation this weekend to provide relief and supplies for demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Time For Homeopathic Remedies To Prove That They Work?

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:00am

The Federal Trade Commission told purveyors of homeopathic remedies that they have to say there's no scientific evidence that these nostrums actually work. The question is, will fans care?

Is Trump's Deal With Carrier A Form Of Crony Capitalism?

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:53am

Steve Inskeep talks with former Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and libertarian economist Tyler Cowen about the problems that arise when a president pressures individual companies to do his bidding.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:49am

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

In Prison And Outside, He Found His 'Iota Of Light': A Mentor Named Fred

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:48am

"What is life without hope? Even an iota of light can go a long way," says Robert Sanchez, a social worker who served 15 years in prison. He found that guiding light when he met minister Fred Davie.

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