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10 Albums That Made 2017 Brighter

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:36:27 -0500

World Cafe's Talia Schlanger picks 10 records that made the world feel more colorful. They aren't happier records necessarily — they do infuse the grayscale of newsprint with the chroma of dreams.

Nate Chinen's Top 10 (Actually 21) Albums Of 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:18:05 -0500

The best albums of 2017 delivered both comfort and challenge — both salve and spur. (That also applies to the honorable mentions listed, any of which could easily have come off the bench.)

Ann Powers' Top 10 Underheard Albums Of 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:06:00 -0500

Here's a list of 10 albums that deserve more year-end love than they're generally getting, a counter to an age where music has taken on an introspective function.

Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:50:38 -0500

Advocates for single-payer health care in the U.S. often look to Canada as a model. But some American doctors practicing there wonder whether the U.S. is ready to call health care a right.

'Why Do You Have This Spy Hysteria?' Putin Asks At Annual News Conference

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:46:00 -0500

"They undermine their own nation," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of President Trump's American critics. The news conference went on for nearly four hours.

Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:38:48 -0500

Five out of these 10 records are debuts — a statistic that fits perfectly in the spirit of finding new music to fall in love with this year.

More Women Come Forward Accusing Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:32:00 -0500

On Wednesday evening, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times published accusations of rape and other sexual assaults that allegedly took place between the 1980s and 2014.

Top Stories: Disney Buys Much Of Fox; The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:16:14 -0500

Also: An aid group says thousands of Myanmar Rohingya Muslims were murdered in a month; Roy Moore won't concede the Alabama senate election he lost; and awards for the funniest wildlife photos return.

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:44:00 -0500

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

Smoke Blankets Santa Barbara County, Not Everyone Can Evacuate

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:41:00 -0500

Wildfires have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of Southern California. Residents who resisted calls to evacuate talk about living through the fires, and what "the new normal" looks like.

Money Is Flowing Into State Supreme Court Races, Study Says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:40:00 -0500

Analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy group, finds spending on state court races with elected judges is spiking, and that sources for many of the donations aren't transparent.

President Trump Draws Closer To His First Legislative Victory

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:40:00 -0500

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate say they have hammered out details of a final tax overhaul bill that they plan to pass next week.

This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Most Of Murdoch Empire

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:12:00 -0500

Rupert Murdoch keeps Fox News and Fox TV but sells off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.

Unhappy 10th Anniversary, Great Recession. You Still Hurt Us

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:02:05 -0500

The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn's impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.

At Least 6,700 Myanmar Rohingya Killed In Single Month, Aid Group Says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Doctors Without Borders conducted field studies in neighboring Bangladesh, where Rohingya Muslims have fled since the beginning of what the U.N. describes as "ethnic cleansing."