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Stop Hating On Ed Sheeran's Fundraising Ad, Say Critics

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:52:00 -0500

A Comic Relief spot starring the pop singer, raising funds for children in Liberia, was voted the worst charity ad of 2017. Some are saying the criticisms aren't warranted.

Everybody Dance Now! A Musical Celebration Of New York's Cabaret Law Repeal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:28 -0500

A law prohibiting unlicensed dancing in New York City lived long past its original intent. DJ and producer Louie Vega celebrates its repeal with a 91-song playlist, one for each year of its lifetime.

Happy Birthday, Eddie Palmieri! Alt.Latino Helps El Maestro Blow Out 81 Candles

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:28:01 -0500

81 years young and showing no signs of slowing down, pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri talks about life and his latest album

Wife Of Kentucky Lawmaker Who Killed Himself Plans To Run For His Seat

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:06:00 -0500

State Rep. Dan Johnson's death came days after a news outlet published allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. His widow decried "high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths."

Checking Back In With Anguillan Journalist Who Stayed On The Air During Hurricane Irma

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:52:00 -0500

Three months later, 19-year-old Nisha Dupuis says the British territory has come a long way. But the recovery effort continues.

Basic Legal Questions Stump Trump Judicial Nominee

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:40:00 -0500

Footage of Matthew Spencer Petersen was shared widely after Petersen struggled to answer basic legal questions posed at a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Military Takes On Driverless Vehicles

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:33:00 -0500

Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of companies like Tesla, Uber and Google. Now, add the U.S. military to that list.

'Last Jedi' Puts The Smarts — And The Heart — Back Into The 'Star Wars' Franchise

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

The late Carrie Fisher makes her final appearance — now as General Leia — in Star Wars Episode VIII. Critic David Edelstein says The Last Jedi is nothing short of terrific.

How Katharine Graham Defied A Federal Judge To Publish The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

Graham, who died in 2001, held the title of publisher at The Washington Post from 1969 until 1979. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1997 about her 1971 decision to publish the top-secret documents.

Former 'Post' Executive Editor Ben Bradlee On Publishing The Pentagon Papers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

Bradlee served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. In 1995, he told Fresh Air about his decision to publish the top secret documents related to U.S. policy making in Vietnam.

Alt.Latino's Favorites: The Top 10 Latin Albums Of 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:26:00 -0500

In a genre going in as many directions as modern Latin music, how do you narrow a list of albums to just a few favorites? Alt.Latino's host and guests share their attempt for 2017.

A TV Critic's Guide To Holiday Specials

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:24:00 -0500

Holiday TV is known more for its sticky sentimentality than its substance. But even NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has a sweet tooth.

Rural Hospitals Concerned About Reduced Funding For Prescription Drug Program

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:20:00 -0500

It's yet another hurdle for rural communities already fighting to keep their health care local.

Social Media Buzz: Net Neutrality, #MeToo And A Viral Bullying Video

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:11:00 -0500

Strong reactions to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules flooded social media this week.

What's In The Latest GOP Tax Cut Plan?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:06:00 -0500

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Michael Regan of Bloomberg News about the final tax cut plan that Republicans in the House and Senate hope to pass next week.