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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR’s Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans’ faces.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · If elected on Sunday, Syriza would be the first anti-austerity party to come to power in the Eurozone. But it would still have to pay off Greece’s debt and help the country out of a deep depression.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Israelis are watching the latest spat between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House — which could worsen his country’s global standing, but win him votes in Israel’s March elections.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.
 

January 24, 2015 | NPR · From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, “everybody’s terrified.” Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city’s low arrest rate when black men are killed.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’m more of a communicator than a technician,” says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR’s studios.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Pete Sokolow has been called irascible and a tough-as-nails teacher. He’s also one of the last living links to klezmer’s immigrant pioneers — and to a new generation of musicians, he’s invaluable.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Painter’s daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren’t rushing to download the app.
 

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January 24, 2015 | CPR · Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver’s Kohaku is still thriving today.
 

 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · In areas such as New York City, the worst of the snow is expected to hit around midnight. The next time the city will have less than a 50 percent chance of snow won’t come until 3 p.m. ET Tuesday.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · A week after an Argentine prosecutor was found dead on the eve of his testimony about an alleged government cover-up of a terrorist attack, President Cristina Fernandez unveils a new plan.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · The Syrian town was not seen as militarily important, but Islamic State propaganda bumped it up the list of targets.
 

Arts & Life

January 26, 2015 | NPR · From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Now that the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has made more than $100 million at the box office in just three weeks, NPR’s movie critic Bob Mondello has a modest musical proposal.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.
 

Music

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Ezra has a voice that can float high and delicate, but it can also wade deep. His debut album, Wanted On Voyage, is named for the words inscribed on Paddington Bear’s suitcase.
 

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January 26, 2015 | WQXR · Hear the CSO and its charismatic conductor Riccardo Muti in a program showing the muscle and subtlety of the of orchestra in music by Scriabin, Debussy and Mendelssohn.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Greek songman Demis Roussos lived an enormously colorful life, from his start as a prog-rock pioneer to being held captive by Hezbollah terrorists. He died Sunday at age 68 in Athens.
 

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