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John Lewis' Graphic Novel Wins 4 American Library Association Awards

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:53:00 -0500

March: Book Three, the third installment in the civil rights leader's memoir, won the Coretta Scott King Award for best African-American author. The Caldecott and Newbery medals also were announced.



'Founder' Serves Up A Profile Of The Man Behind McDonald's

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:25:00 -0500

A new biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a single burger restaurant into a multi-billion dollar worldwide franchise. Critic David Edelstein says The Founder offers a dark dose of realism.



BassDrumBone Marks 40 Years Of Playing Together With 'The Long Road'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:25:00 -0500

Trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway first played together as a trio in 1977. Critic Kevin Whitehead says their new double album proves they can still deliver.



'America In Laos' Traces The Militarization Of The CIA

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:25:00 -0500

In the '60s, the CIA began a secret program that aimed to curb Communism by arming and training local fighters in Laos. Author Joshua Kurlantzick calls it "the largest covert operation in US history."



Metropolis: 1/21/17

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:13:20 -0500

Hear new tracks by Tensnake, Bonobo and The Black Madonna in this week's mix from KCRW's Jason Bentley.



Delusions Or Deceptions? White House 'Alternative Facts' Rile Press

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:09:00 -0500

President Trump and his top aides spent their first weekend in the White House threatening reporters and insisting on the veracity of demonstrably false statements.



Trump To Nominate Heather Wilson As Secretary Of The Air Force

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:55:00 -0500

If confirmed, Wilson would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position. She represented New Mexico in Congress from 1998 to 2009 and currently leads a South Dakota college.



New App Sends Anonymous Compliments Instead Of Taunts

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:52:00 -0500

As internet bullying, disparaging memes and negative posts proliferate on social media, a new app called Brighten aims to push back.



One Small-Town View Of Political Disagreements And Trump Presidency

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:47:00 -0500

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Adams says people in places like her Kentucky hometown "can’t afford to stay divided."



First Watch: Eric Biddines, 'Peeuurrnn'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:41:00 -0500

The bouncy, Upgrayde-produced song takes its onomatopoeic title from the sound of a speeding bullet.



Why We Procrastinate — And How We Can Stop

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:40:00 -0500

For many people, procrastination is a strong urge that can derail even the simplest tasks.



19 Dead After Fatal Storms Strike The Southeast

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore about the storms and their impact.



Trump Signs 3 Executive Orders, Including Withdrawal From Pacific Trade Deal

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:23:00 -0500

That order is mostly symbolic. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, strongly backed by the Obama administration, was never ratified by Congress.



Wire Set To Release New Album; Hear 'Short Elevated Period'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:19:00 -0500

The British band, which has made evolution and sonic adventurousness a part of its trademark since its iconic debut in 1977, will release its 15th album, Silver/Lead, on March 31.



Farm Of The Future: What Grows In Las Vegas Stays In Las Vegas

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:16:00 -0500

Crops like radishes, jicama and cilantro will soon be grown close to the Strip, so restaurants will have immediate access to fresh ingredients, instead of having to wait for trucks from California.