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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Preview

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:49:38 -0500

This week, Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk nominees we haven't got around to yet, and look in on some of the hottest races.



Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:28:00 -0500

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.



Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

There's a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump's immigration order.



Kenya's Censorship King: Head Of Film Board Accused Of Overstepping

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

Ezekiel Mutua is the head of Kenya's film board. He's really just supposed to rate films and other media. But over the past year, he has undertaken a censorship crusade expanding his mandate into the Internet, music and even forcing the cancellation of a lesbian speed-dating event.



Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.



Deadline Passes For Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters To Leave

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

The deadline has passed for protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to clear the camp they have inhabited for months. The camp is expected to be flooded in the coming days, and the pipeline is nearly complete.



Supreme Court Rules Racial Testimony Influenced Inmate's Death Sentence

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas inmate who argued that he received a death sentence because an expert told the jury that he was more likely to be violent in the future because he's black.



Breaking Down The Nearly 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants In The U.S.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

The number of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally is estimated to be around 11 million. But demographers say that figure may become harder to track as President Trump ramps up deportations.



Homeland Security Wants To Hire Thousands More Border Agents

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security wants to hire thousands more immigration and border security agents to help implement the administration's goals. But that's easier said than done.



Mall Of America Searches For Writer-In-Residence

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:38 -0500

The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minn., is the largest mall in the United States, and it is now looking for a writer-in-residence.



Career CIA Analyst Ned Price Quits Rather Than Serve Trump Administration

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Ned Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until last week. He says he quit because, "I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional." NPR talks to Price about his decision and asks whether others may follow.



Members Of Congress Face Angry Constituents At Town Halls

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Members of Congress are back home this week, and many are getting an earful from angry constituents and demonstrators worried about efforts to repeal Obamacare, among other issues.



Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The late Van Cliburn won a piano competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Today, pianists competing in an event named after Cliburn hold a certain reverence for the man and the moment.



Agnes Obel On World Cafe

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:19:05 -0500

With an army of strings backing up heavy lyrics, the Danish songwriter's session might just give you the shivers.



Will Trump Democrats In Wisconsin Swing Back To Their Party?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:17:00 -0500

President Trump won over Democrats in rural Wisconsin in 2016. Looking at Trump's term so far, one Democrat worries she will regret switching parties. Another says she will be voting GOP from now on.