Politics

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist rebels reportedly have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn’t split down party lines.
 

September 18, 2014 | WUWM · Last week, a federal appeals court reinstated the photo identification requirement. It had been blocked in a lawsuit brought by voter advocacy groups.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · President Obama’s remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · It’s open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · The expected vote on whether to authorize the Obama administration’s plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the self-described Islamic State militant group.
 

 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist rebels reportedly have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here’s expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.
 

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September 18, 2014 | WNYC · The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They’ll be held four times a year instead of just two.
 

Arts & Life

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Italo Calvino’s delightful “cosmicomic” stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.
 

Music

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September 17, 2014 | FolkAlley · Loretta Lynn, Jason Isbell, Jackson Browne, and more of the most revered artists in roots music performed live from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out’s history and recent decline.
 

Mountain Stage
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Portland singer counts indie-rock, folk and Celtic musicians among his many collaborators, but here he performs both solo and accompanied by the Mountain Stage band.
 

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