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Episode 801: The Death Show

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:46:30 -0400

Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.

Appeals Court Sets Terms For Abortion For Teen Immigrant

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:43:00 -0400

A lower court had ordered the government to allow the minor who is in the U.S. without permission to seek an abortion "without delay." The appeals judges say first she needs a sponsor.

Case Considers Unaccompanied Minor's Right To Have An Abortion

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:01:00 -0400

A panel of federal judges said Friday that a 17-year-old Mexican girl in the U.S. illegally has a right to an abortion — but she's not being allowed to get the procedure yet.

Prisoners Face Uncertainty As Number Of Halfway Houses Are Cut

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:49:00 -0400

The Justice Department has ended contracts with several halfway houses across the country. That change means inmates will likely stay in prison longer and have a tougher transition back to society.

Need Hurricane Aid? In One Texas City, If You Boycott Israel, You May Be Out Of Luck

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:36:49 -0400

A city official told NPR that Dickinson is simply following a recently passed state law: "The city has nothing to do with it." But the representative who authored the law said it's being misapplied.

Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:40:52 -0400

Last year, the Orionids were hampered by a bright moon. But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in the sky, which should allow the remnants of Halley's Comet to shine.

Reporter Pulls Blanket Off Cozy Ties Between Mattress Companies And Reviewers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Shoppers go online for reviews of the products they want to buy — like mattresses. But one reporter found out that reviewers often have cozy business deals with the companies they're reviewing.

New Season Of 'The Walking Dead' Likely To Please Thrillseekers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

AMC's hit, The Walking Dead, returns for its 8th season on Sunday. Some fans criticized the show for not having enough action last season. They probably won't be disappointed this season.

Russian Operatives Secretly Ran Websites To Emphasize Divisive Issues In U.S.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Conrad James, an activist who was contacted by the website BlackMattersUS and asked to organize a protest. Turns out, Russian social media trolls ran BlackMattersUS.

Russian Magazine Says 'Trolls' Used Social Media To Disrupt U.S. Election

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

A Russian business magazine says it has uncovered details of "trolls" based in St. Petersburg used social media to try to spread discontent and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. election.

Panetta On Presidents' Difficult Task Of Reaching Out After U.S. Military Deaths

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Leon Panetta, who served as defense secretary, CIA director and White House chief of staff for two presidents, about how past administrations responded to military deaths.

Investigations Continue Into U.S. Military Deaths In Niger

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, about what happened on the ground in Niger that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead.

Baltmore Is Latest City To Sing Fatberg Blues

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Baltimore recently removed a massive fatberg — a toxic lump of cooking oil and household waste — from its sewers.

Can A Democrat Win In Alabama?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

A competitive special election in Alabama has Democrats thinking they may have a shot at a U.S. Senate seat in a deeply red state. The Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has a controversial record that includes being twice removed from public office.

How The White House Plans To Tackle Its Legislative Priorities

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Congress has a lot on its plate: tax overhaul, immigration, the Iran deal. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, about priorities for the rest of the year.