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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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2015 Rock Hall Of Fame Class Includes Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Green Day

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:03am

The Smiths and N.W.A. were left off of the list of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Hall voters opted for acts such as Lou Reed, Bill Withers, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It's Like To Be An Uber Driver

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:26pm

The ride hailing service says it is creating 20,000 driver jobs every month. While this makes the service better for customers, drivers worry it will drive prices — and their earnings — down.

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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:31pm

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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Supreme Court Refuses To Limit Abortion Drug's Use

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:02pm

An Arizona law aiming to limit prescription of RU-486 to the first seven weeks of pregnancy was blocked by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Monday, Supreme Court justices let that stand.

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Russia Boosts Interest Rates To 17 Percent Amid Currency's Slide

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:50pm

The move to raise rates from 10.5 percent is aimed at limiting the ruble's slide and curbing inflation. Sanctions and low oil prices have made it the world's worst-performing major currency this year.

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Chinese Man Cleared Of Rape, Murder 18 Years After His Execution

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:20pm

Chinese authorities offered a rare apology to the family of the 18-year-old from Inner Mongolia. Another man had confessed to the crime after his arrest in 2005.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: The Lessons He's Learned From Fighting Ebola

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:12pm

"We run the risk of going from hysteria to a sense of indifference," says the now-recovered physician. "And I think that is even more dangerous than our fear."

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Sydney Residents Rally To Head Off Anti-Muslim Violence

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:12pm

Audie Cornish talks to Australian terrorism expert David Kilcullen about the relationship between the Australian government and Muslim communities.

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'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:50pm

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.

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Murakami's 'Library' Is Dark, Creamy And Grainy At The Same Time

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:46pm

Alan Cheuse reviews "The Strange Library" by Haruki Murakami.

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Nebraska Landowners Sit At The Heart Of Keystone Controversy

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:46pm

The Keystone XL pipeline has created a heated debate over climate change and energy independence. We visit York County, Neb., to speak to people for whom the pipeline could be a tangible reality.

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Sydney Siege Ends With Two Hostages And Gunman Dead

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

The siege of a cafe in Sydney, Australia has ended with two hostages and the gunman dead. Police stormed the cafe in the early hours of the morning after a 16-hour standoff.

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How To Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

Given recent stories about violence against college women, what should parents say to college-age sons? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with author Rosalind Wiseman about guiding boys through adolescence.

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The Distracting Problem With The Term 'Disruption'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

Audie Cornish speaks to journalist Kevin Roose about the use of the term "disruption" in the tech industry.

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Lawyers Say Sony Can't Keep Media From Reporting Hacked Details

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

NPR's David Folkenflik talks with Melissa Block about the discussion within media circles about the legality and propriety of publishing information stolen in the hack attack against Sony Pictures.

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Senate Set To Vote On Surgeon General Nominee

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

After months of delay, the Senate is poised to approve President Obama's choice to be the next surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. NPR's Mara Liasson tells us about Murthy and the controversy.

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From Water Cutoffs To An Art Scare, Detroit Has A Tumultuous Year

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

Detroit has officially emerged from the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. But 2014, which included a trial over the city's plan to shed $7 billion in debt, changed the very fabric of the city.

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There's No Place Like A Dorm Room For The Holidays

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

When holiday break comes, college kids start packing up and heading for home. But for former foster students, there's no home to go to.

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150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

The Sand Creek Massacre of December 1864 left nearly 200 people dead. Now, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapahoe are returning to the site to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.

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