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Around the Nation
4:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Two Of Three States Reject Ballot Measures Restricting Abortion

Abortion-rights supporters outside the Supreme Court in January for the annual March for Life. This week North Dakota and Colorado struck down ballot measures restricting abortion, while Tennessee passed an initiative that may result in restricted rights.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

Amid all the shakeout from this week's midterm elections, many are trying to assess the impact on abortion.

Two abortion-related ballot measures were soundly defeated. A third passed easily. And those favoring restrictions on abortion will have a much bigger voice in the new Congress.

In North Dakota and Colorado, voters rejected 2-to-1 so-called personhood measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses.

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Movie Interviews
3:15 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

For Christopher Nolan, Making 'Interstellar' Was A Childhood Dream

In Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are part of a team of explorers who have identified several potentially habitable planets accessible via wormhole.
Melinda Sue Gordon Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 12:39 pm

Director Christopher Nolan inverted time in his reverse chronology thriller Memento; he burrowed deep into layers of the subconscious in Inception; and he reinvented Batman with his "Dark Knight" trilogy. Now Nolan is venturing to galaxies far, far away. His new film, Interstellar, is set in a near future where planet Earth is close to running out of food and the human race is hurtling to extinction. So a team of explorers time-travels through space to try to find a new home.

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Law
2:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear New Health Law Challenge

A counselor for the health care law speaks with taxi driver David Bilewu, a 39-year-old Nigerian immigrant in Chicago. Illinois set up its exchange through a federal partnership.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

In a rare and unexpected move, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to the Obama health care overhaul, dealing the White House yet another blow this week. Health care experts say an adverse ruling would be catastrophic for the health insurance program that the president has fought to enact and preserve.

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Iraq
2:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Marine Reflects On Second Battle Of Fallujah, 10 Years Later

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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10 years ago today, American troops were encircling the city of Fallujah some 40 miles west of Baghdad. Here's how NPR's Anne Garrels described their preparations for battle.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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Planet Money
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Liberia's 'Flags Of Convenience' Help It Stay Afloat

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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Europe
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Art Installation Commemorates 25 Years Since Berlin Wall Lost Its Power

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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Iraq
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

White House Will Send 1,500 Military Personnel To Iraq

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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Code Switch
4:44 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

The Sonic Boom of the South at Jackson State isn't just a band; it's the university's most visible marketing tool.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Six months ago, we brought you the story of the Edna Karr High School marching band in New Orleans. Two members of the band in particular, snare drummer Charles Williams and tuba player Nicholas Nooks, or Big Nick as his friends call him, earned scholarships to Jackson State University in Mississippi — their dream.

The marching band at Jackson State is known as the Sonic Boom of the South. Band camp began in August with 164 freshmen. But after weeks of late nights and early mornings, musical training and also push-ups, 24 had quit.

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All Tech Considered
4:33 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Beyond Cat Videos: YouTube Bets On Production Studio 'Playgrounds'

A new Manhattan studio joins YouTube Spaces in London, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Media analysts say YouTube hopes content produced there will ultimately get viewers to stay longer on the site.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:18 pm

A glitzy new production facility in Manhattan is a far cry from the bedrooms where many YouTube creators used to shoot their videos. Every inch of YouTube Space New York, which opened Thursday, can be used as a potential set.

The space contains three production studios and an area called Brand Lab, designed to bring Madison Avenue to YouTube's door.

Adam Relis, head of the facility, points to a portion of the floor covered with Lucite. More than 300,000 linear feet of cable are running beneath his feet. "That's 187 times the Empire State Building," he notes.

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Law
3:44 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds State Gay Marriage Bans

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Flu Season Brings Stronger Vaccines And Revised Advice

Which flu vaccine should you get? That may depend on your age and your general health.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

The symptoms of the flu are familiar: fever, chills, cough, congestion, feeling very, very tired. If you're a healthy adult under 65, you'll most likely recover in a week or two.

But for those older than 65, things can get worse fast, says Dr. H. Keipp Talbot, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Obama Chief Of Staff: We're Willing To Hear Ideas From Everyone

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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Politics
3:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Sen. John Thune: Majority Gives GOP A Chance To Take On Obamacare

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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We're going to hear now from the third-ranking Republican in the Senate. That's John Thune of South Dakota who joins us from his home in Sioux Falls. Senator Thune, welcome to the program.

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Book Reviews
2:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Dizzying, Fictional 'History' Draws On Bob Marley's Life

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

As much as I wish it were different, Robert Nesta Marley is mainly known in the United States as the front man for smoking pot. Or, as a favorite subject for poster makers, who profit off college students searching for an identity. Students who associate the great dreadlocked one with good vibes.

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Trade Lingo
2:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

In Comedy Writing, Fear The 'Bono's' And 'Nakamura'

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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Walk into a room filled with comedy writers, and you might hear this.

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Business
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Business Leaders Hope Shifts In Congress Will Bring Tax Reform

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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Asia
2:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Chinese Tech Company Combines Multiple App Types Into One — At Great Profit

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

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Business
4:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling

Ray Gerrish repairs a drilling rig near Watford City, N.D. Oil industry analysts predict that oil prices will have to remain low for at least several months before having a significant effect on U.S. production.
Jim Gehrz MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

Oil prices fell again Tuesday, to just below $76 a barrel before recovering slightly — one day after Saudi Arabia cut prices for the crude it sells in the U.S. market.

During most of the last quarter-century, that would have been viewed as a very positive development for the U.S. economy. But oil production here has increased so quickly in the past several years, the continuing price drops pose a potential threat to U.S. oil producers.

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The Salt
4:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

Sunlight streams into a corn storage building at a Michlig Grain storage facility in Sheffield, Illinois, U.S., on Oct. 31, 2014. The price of corn has been falling for months.
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

U.S. farmers are bringing in what's expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But for many farmers, that may be too much of a good thing.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. The problem? Demand can't keep up with that monster harvest. Corn and soybean prices have been falling for months. A bushel of corn is now worth under $4 — about half what it was two years ago.

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Iraq
4:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

We Are Not Slaughterers: An Iraqi Village Rejects Islamic Militants

Citizens of Dhuluiyah, Iraq, must take boats to get in an out, since one of the town's two bridges was blown up by the Islamic State and the other was commandeered by tribesmen defending them.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 9:38 am

The only way for civilians to get to the town of Dhuluiya is by boat across the river Tigris, since the so-called Islamic State blew up the main bridge here and tribesmen battling them commandeered the other.

Steering through long reeds, we pull into a little dirt harbor. Here, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, is the home of a branch of the Jubbour tribe. They're a big Sunni group in this agricultural area and they want to tell me how they've halted the advance of the Islamic State.

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The Salt
2:49 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Massachusetts Food Waste Ban Gains Broad Acceptance

Massachusetts composting companies like City Soil, which turn food waste into compost that can be used on gardens and farms, say they expect to get quite a bit of new business from the food waste ban.
Courtesy of City Soil

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:03 pm

Americans alone, on average, throw out about 20 pounds of food a month, most of it hauled away with the trash.

In October, Massachusetts began telling any institution — like businesses, colleges and hospitals — that produces large amounts of food waste: Not in our landfill. Massachusetts law now says that if you throw out more than a ton of food waste a month, it can't go to a landfill.

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Parallels
2:35 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Iraq's Yazidis Appeal For Help In Finding Their Missing Women

Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraq take shelter in the city of Dohuk on Aug. 5. The Yazidis, are a small community that follows an ancient faith and have been repeatedly targeted by jihadists. Yazidi leaders say several thousands members of the community have gone missing in recent months.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

When the Islamic State took over large parts of northern Iraq this summer, including the areas where the minority Yazidi community lives, the U.S. carried out air strikes and halted the advance of the extremists.

Still, thousands of Yazidi women and girls have gone missing over the past few months and there are now reports they are being sold by the Islamic State as sex slaves.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Like In Past Elections, Latino Voter Turnout Could Swing Results

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

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Author Interviews
3:21 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

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McSweeney's

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:57 pm

Information wants to be free. At least that's what Internet activists and many consumers say in support of free online content.

But when we stream a new film online or listen to music on Spotify, we don't always consider — or care about — the artists who are losing out.

The debates over intellectual property, copyright and traditional ideas of enforcement have been hot topics of late. The fall of Napster in the late '90s and the current battle between publisher Hachette and Amazon show that copyright law needs to be rewritten to fit digital standards.

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New Boom
3:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Millennials Have Inherited The Black Marriage Gap

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:03 am

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Middle East
3:06 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Rebel Group Encounters Setback In Syria

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:07 pm

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Law
2:59 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Supreme Court Case Tests Status Of Jerusalem

Menachem Zivotofsky and his father, Ari Zivotofsky, gather to speak to media outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday. The court is taking its second look at a dispute over the wording of U.S. passports for Americans born in Jerusalem, a case with potential foreign policy implications.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday in a case testing whether American citizens born in Jerusalem can list Israel as their place of birth on their passports. It might sound like an academic question, but the status of Jerusalem is at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East.

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Health Care
2:44 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Doctor: Helping A Patient Die Will Never Become Routine

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:36 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

New Players In The NBA: Big Data, User-Controlled Jumbotrons

This sample image from Second Spectrum shows the company's data visualizations for the NBA. They crunch game data — past and present — to show live statistics and information during games.
Courtesy of Second Spectrum

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.

The Clippers were the first NBA team to roll out new features for the huge monitors that hover just above the playing floor. For instance, sometimes the video replay was enhanced to show overlays of intricate new statistics, displaying the game as if viewed from the point of view of the Terminator.

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