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Episode 731: How Venezuela Imploded

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:52:04 -0400

Venezuela has just about every economic advantage a country could ask for: fertile land, good climate, educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil. So how did it go so wrong?

Major Websites Experience Outages In Apparent Online Attack

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:28:00 -0400

A number of major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, were knocked out of service for parts of the day in a sprawling, sophisticated online attack.

Debate Check: Could U.S. Economy Grow As Fast As India's Or China's?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:06:00 -0400

At this week's presidential debate, Donald Trump compared growth rates in the three countries. Here's what the experts have to say.

One Tiny Belgian Region Blocks International Trade Deal

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:02:00 -0400

Wallonia, a French-speaking Belgian region with fewer than four million residents, is holding up Europe's free trade agreement with Canada.

Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' Is A Family Affair

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:04:01 -0400

The album, one of the 82-year-old's best, was produced by his son Adam, who joins World Cafe to discuss what it's like to work with a living legend who just happens to be your dad.

Tiny Vessels Make Much Noise: Listen To Ants As They Walk

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:58:00 -0400

The everyday ant seldom gets close enough to a microphone to be amplified and heard but 'The World According to Sound' podcast manages to let us listen to the insects as they go about their day.

Ex-NSA Contractor Accused Of Theft Must Remain In Federal Custody, Judge Orders

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:58:00 -0400

A federal judge said that Harold T. Martin III, who is accused of stealing classified government documents and property, "is a serious risk to the public" and presents a flight risk.

Warpaint On World Cafe

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:00 -0400

On its new album, the L.A. band's atmospheric grooves are more extroverted than ever before. Hear a powerful performance recorded live in the studio.

101-Year-Old Chicago Cubs Fan Hopes Beloved Team Grants Her Birthday Wish

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:36:00 -0400

Centenarian Virginia Wood has a birthday wish — a World Series title for her Chicago team. But they'll have to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers before they compete for the top prize.

'Moonlight': A Film About A Black Man's Coming-Of-Age In South Florida

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to actor Mahershala Ali about the complex and nuanced ways his characters exemplify black masculinity - particularly in the new film, 'Moonlight.'

Clinton Campaigns In Ohio Where She's In A Virtual Tie With Trump

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton campaigned in Ohio Friday.

Mixed Reaction As Calais Refugees Are Rehoused Across France

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Refugees from the soon-to-be-razed squatters camp in Calais are being resettled in reception centers across France. The country has traditionally been a haven for asylum seekers, but resettling the newest wave is dividing communities.

Federal Prosecutors: Former NSA Contractor's Alleged Theft Is 'Breathtaking'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Federal prosecutors allege a former contractor for the National Security Agency stole a massive amount of classified government material. The defendant appeared in court Friday.

Fans Of Indians Baseballer Ryan Merritt Pitch In To Buy Him Wedding Gifts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Ryan Merritt had only started one game for the Indians before the playoffs. After he helped the team to the World Series — fans showed their support by buying Merritt gifts from his wedding registry.

How A Woman Serving Life In Prison Made The Judge Who Sentenced Her Proud

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles were unconstitutional, the Court ordered states to review the cases of prisoners given that sentence. We hear about one prisoner in that situation, Jennifer Pruit, and the connection she made with the judge that sentenced her.