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Performing Arts
11:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

Originally aired April 28, 2014.

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Remembrances
11:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols

Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Thai Martial Law Will Remain In Place 'Indefinitely,' Minister Says

Thailand's Justice Minister Gen. Paiboon Koomchaya tells Reuters that martial law will remain in place "indefinitely."
Chaiwat Subprasom Reuters /Landov

Martial law in Thailand will remain in place "indefinitely," the country's justice minister told Reuters in an interview nearly six months after the military overthrew the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Goats and Soda
10:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Viagra Of The Himalayas Brings In Big Bucks And Big Problems

People live for — and die because of — the "Viagra of the Himalayas."

That's the nickname for one of the weirdest fungi around.

It starts with the larva of the ghost moth — a caterpillar that lives underground. A fungus invades the larva, kills it and consumes the body. Just the outer skeleton remains.

Eventually, a small brown stalk erupts from the dead caterpillar's head. In the spring, the pinkie-sized stalk pokes an inch or two from the earth. That's when people across the Tibetan Plateau head to the high-alpine meadows to harvest the crazy-looking creature.

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Shots - Health News
10:06 am
Fri November 21, 2014

In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

When my partner Cheryl was dying from respiratory complications related to treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, she was in so much physical distress she couldn't bear to be touched.

The only contact she could stand — one of the few ways I could share my love with her — was for me to rub her feet. As I stood at the foot of her hospital bed doing just that, a scrub-clad figure we had never seen before poked her head in the door, curled her lip and demanded: "What is your relationship?"

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The Salt
10:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The 3-Bird Turducken Has Nothing On This 17-Bird Royal Roast

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:48 am

The turducken – a whole chicken stuffed inside a whole duck stuffed inside a whole turkey, all boneless — is a relatively recent culinary phenomenon. Though popularized in the last 20 years with the help of Louisiana's Chef Paul Prudhomme and John Madden, who brought one to a football game broadcast in 1997, the turducken actually builds on a long tradition of creative bird-into-bird stuffing.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ex-News Of The World Editor Andy Coulson Freed From Prison

Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor, leaves the Central Criminal Court in London on June 25. He was released from prison on Friday after serving less than five months of his 18-month sentence for conspiring to intercept voicemails.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was found guilty of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails, was released today after serving less than five months of his 18-month sentence.

British news reports say that as a condition of early release, Coulson, 46, will have to wear an electronic tag for the remainder of his sentence.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:49 am

House Republicans on Friday followed through on a threat to sue President Obama over actions he has taken concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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And this morning, House Speaker John Boehner has weighed in. He delivered a statement reacting to President Obama's plans to overhaul the country's immigration system. Here's some of what he had to say.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Fri November 21, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson Owes IRS Money, Won't Pay

London Mayor Boris Johnson is presumably not singing for his supper — or for the money the IRS says he owes.
Alastair Grant AP

London Mayor Boris Johnson owes the IRS money — and he's not going to pay it.

Johnson, who was born in the U.S. and lived here until he was 5 years old, holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship.

At issue, he told NPR member station WAMU's Diane Rehm Show in an interview, was capital gains on the sale of his first residence, a sum that is not taxable in Britain.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

Attorney General Eric Holder, pictured Sept. 4, says "durable relationships between police and their communities do not develop overnight."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 8:38 am

Attorney General Eric Holder is urging law enforcement officers and protesters to keep the peace as a grand jury decision nears about whether to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo.

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Shots - Health News
8:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The 2 Things That Rarely Happen After A Medical Mistake

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:37 am

Patients who suffer injuries, infections or mistakes during medical care rarely get an acknowledgment or apology, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report.

Their study was based on responses of 236 patients who completed ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire during the one-year period ending in May 2013 and who agreed to share their data.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Boehner: 'We Will Not Stand Idly By As President Undermines The Rule Of Law'

Speaker of the House John Boehner talks with reporters in his office in the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:05 am

"We will not stand idly by as the president undermines the rule of law and places lives at risk."

That's what House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, had to say this morning about President Obama's unilateral action on immigration.

In a news conference at the Capitol, Boehner used harsh language to describe the executive actions intended to defer the deportation of, according to the White House, up to 5 million immigrants.

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Around the Nation
6:15 am
Fri November 21, 2014

GOP Rep. Cole Says Obama Is Playing Politics With Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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It's All Politics
5:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Who's Dreaming Now? Obama Opponents Do A Weapons Check On Immigration

Even though they were sitting close together at a White House luncheon earlier this month, Democrats and Republicans remain far apart on many issues including immigration. From left are House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:01 pm

Even before President Obama actually announced his new deferred deportation policy for millions of people in the country illegally, Republicans were everywhere denouncing it and threatening retaliation.

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The Two-Way
4:41 am
Fri November 21, 2014

U.S. Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To Georgia, Slovakia

A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through Camp X-Ray, the first detention facility to hold "enemy combatants" at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:34 am

The United States has transferred five detainees being held at its prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Georgia and Slovakia.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, four of the men are Yemeni, and that is important because they are the first Yemeni prisoners to be transferred since 2010. The newspaper explains:

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Europe
4:24 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Update: Venice Isn't Banning Rolling Suitcases

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:58 am

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Politics
3:27 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Bypasses Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deporation

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Iran Nuclear Negotiators Face Monday Deadline

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:04 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

White House Adviser Cecilia Munoz Answers Immigration Questions

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:04 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Nearly Deported, Felipe Diosdado Fights To Stay In U.S.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:01 am

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Shots - Health News
2:19 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:04 am

A brain area that recognizes faces remains functional even in people who have been blind since birth, researchers say. The finding, presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting this week, suggests that facial recognition is so important that evolution has hardwired it into the human brain.

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A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus
2:17 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Colleges Straddle Line Between Assault Prevention And Victim-Blaming

Agent Illustrateur Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:34 am

As efforts increase around the nation to combat campus sexual assault, one aspect of prevention seems to confound schools the most: how to warn students about staying safe — without sounding like they're blaming the victim.

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Politics
7:19 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:03 pm

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.

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It's All Politics
7:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

'I Will Not Sit Idly By' And Other Congressional Tweets On Immigration

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President Obama announced Thursday that he's using executive actions to grant temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

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The Salt
4:41 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.

But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.

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Law
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

New Affirmative Action Cases Say Policies Hurt Asian-Americans

Edward Blum announces the filing of two lawsuits on Monday, challenging the alleged racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:22 am

If you go to HarvardNotFair.org, you'll find yourself on a page that says this: Were You Denied Admission to Harvard? It may be because you're the wrong race.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama To Extend Temporary Deportation Relief

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 6:17 pm

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It's All Politics
4:12 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (center) talks about recent Republican Party gains and the road ahead for the GOP as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry listen during a Wednesday press conference at the Republican governors' conference in Boca Raton, Fla.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 5:25 pm

More than two dozen members of the Republican Governors Association gathered this week in Boca Raton, Fla., to talk about policy issues and bask in their success after the recent midterm election.

Under New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chairmanship, the RGA spent $130 million and achieved remarkable success at the polls: All but two Republican governors running for re-election won. And the GOP even won governors' races in deep blue states like Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland.

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The Two-Way
4:05 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday.
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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:01 am

After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

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