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At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:12pm

After a successful 2014 election season, the nation's GOP governors gathered to talk about policy issues and bask in their victories. But President Obama's immigration plans dominated the discussion.

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Asking Bill Cosby If He Is A Serial Rapist

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:07pm

Listeners are divided by generation over whether host Scott Simon went too far in questioning "America's Dad." Cosby wasn't set up, however, and the charges are too many to ignore.

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Obama Will Announce Relief For Up To 5 Million Immigrants

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:00pm

Defying congressional Republicans, President Obama will defer the deportation of the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and will also prioritize the deportation of criminals.

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'Only The Truth' Gets At Reality Through Legend

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:54pm

An opera nominated for a Latin Grammy explores Mexico's current political climate. It's based on a fictional bandida who continues to inspire fear and admiration along the border.

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The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing Two Trillion A Year

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:30pm

Nearly a third of us are overweight, and some of the worst rates of obesity are in the developing world. All this corpulence takes a huge economic toll — two trillion dollars a year.

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Alabama Settlement Could Be Model For Handling Poor Defendants In Ferguson, Mo.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:18pm

The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.

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Obama Isn't Alone In Using Executive Action On Immigration

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:17pm

Melissa Block talks with Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, chairman of the immigration task force. He says Obama has the legal authority to take executive action on immigration.

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Digging Out From The Snow Is Slow-Going In Buffalo

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:09pm

Melissa Block talks to Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County Executive, about the snow situation in his area.

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A Frustrating Love Letter In 'Monk With A Camera'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:03pm

The documentary Monk With A Camera follows Nicholas Vreeland, born to New York socialites, who has been a Buddhist monk for decades.

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Walking Through Bad City In The First 'Iranian Vampire Western'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:03pm

Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature borrows from B-movies, vampire movies, westerns, pulp traditions, and vigilante stories. The vision may not always be coherent, but it's fascinating.

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A Concert Film Without Much Concert Film, 'Pulp' Sketches A Hometown

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:03pm

The documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets is not much about any of those things, but it does try to take a closer look at the band's singer-songwriter and the town he left.

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It's Getting Serious In Panem As 'Mockingjay' Goes Dark

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:03pm

The first half of last third of the Hunger Games trilogy — really — dismisses much of the colorful action of the first two films and draws focus to a dangerous propaganda war.

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Obama's Immigration Action Has Roots In Reagan Policy

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:52pm

The Simpson-Mazzoli Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan 28 years ago this month. Republican presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush later expanded on it.

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'Fake Sheikh' Accused Of Tricking Sources Into Making News

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:46pm

A new BBC documentary shines a bright light on the so-called "Fake Sheikh," an infamous British tabloid writer who posed as a Middle Eastern sheikh and enticed people into sometimes illegal behavior.

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Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:46pm

Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Obama To Focus On Nevada After Executive Action On Immigration

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:41pm

President Obama will be in Nevada on Friday to talk about executive action for undocumented immigrants.

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White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:40pm

The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.

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Columnist: 'Shameful' That Leaders Made Arab-Israeli Conflict Religious

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm

Robert Siegel talks to Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea about the recent synagogue attack in Jerusalem and its aftermath.

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Latin Roots: Essential Latin Accordion Music

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:33pm

KRVS' Diego Martin makes the Cajun-Latin connection for World Cafe.

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Robert Ellis On Mountain Stage

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:44pm

The Houston singer-songwriter's performance includes an impromptu Richard Thompson cover.

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