Politics

March 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Harry Reid’s retirement announcement and Ted Cruz’s appeal to the far-right.
 

March 27, 2015 | NPR · Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he’s tough on security and corruption.
 

March 27, 2015 | NPR · Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek a sixth term next year and will retire after three decades in the chamber. He endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer to replace him as Democratic leader.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Democrats argue the top Senate leader’s retirement might be a good thing. But it’s going to set off a scramble to replace him in one of the most hotly contested races in 2016.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · The senator from Nevada was raised in a home built of scavenged railroad ties and with a toughness that has carried him through his life and political career.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is not seeking re-election in 2016, but he is leaving no room for a leadership fight. He’s throwing his support to his top lieutenant and message maestro.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made the endorsement on Nevada Public Radio after saying earlier today that he won’t seek re-election in 2016.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · The Democratic leader later told Nevada Public Radio he was endorsing Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, to succeed him as minority leader when his term ends in 22 months.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · The president called the show “one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades.” Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.
 

 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in what is being described as the closest contest in the history of the West African country.
 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Andreas Lubitz is believed to have locked the pilot of the Germanwings Flight 4U 9524 out of the cockpit before deliberately putting the aircraft into a fatal descent.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · The top contenders in Nigeria’s election are incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, who has battled an Islamist insurgency for years, and a former military leader who promises to be tough on corruption.
 

Arts & Life

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we’ve decided to ask the show’s creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · John Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He was found dead this week at his home in Scotland.
 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders’ ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.
 

Music

March 28, 2015 | NPR · John Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He was found dead this week at his home in Scotland.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · For the first time since moving to the U.S. in 1981, Eliane Elias recorded an album in her native Brazil. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with the musician about her new album, Made in Brazil.
 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · A self-taught visual artist who longed to make soul records, Mingering Mike ended up realizing his dreams on paper rather than vinyl. Decades later, his work is paying off.
 

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