Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and ... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers.

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Electric bicycles have been popular in Europe for some time. But recently there has been a surge in U.S. sales amid changing perceptions that e-bikes aren't just for the elderly.

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An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

Staff members at a clinic in Sierra Leone were told to minimize treatments and expect few survivors. But they refused to follow that plan and came up with a safe way to boost the survival rate.

Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The outcome is significant because Texas with it 5 million students has a large impact on the national textbook market.

Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

Touting the use of renewable energy, the Bath Bus Company says the Bio-Bus runs cleaner than a bus powered by a traditional diesel engine.

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In Southwest, New Immigration Policies Bring Frustration From All Sides

Anger and disappointment with Obama's executive action has been swift, and isn't just being voiced by anti-illegal immigration groups. Some immigrant rights supporters call the moves inadequate.

The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP)

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

November 21, 2014
Photograph of Greg Wilder (Sean Hurley/NHPR)

What will the music of the future sound like? New Hampshire composer Greg Wilder is hoping to build the machine that writes it.

Are We Making Pop Music More Bland?

November 20, 2014
Derek Thompson of The Atlantic argues that today's data-driven record industry is making pop music more repetitive. (Image via The Atlantic)

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic argues that today’s data-driven record industry is making pop music more repetitive.

When Sideshows Take Center Stage

November 20, 2014
A shot from the AMC reality series, "Freakshow." (Jessica Brooks / AMC)

From TV to Broadway, circus sideshows — freak shows — are having a big cultural moment. What’s the history behind the comeback?

DJ Sessions: Bands And Songs In Rebirth

November 19, 2014
Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio performs for fans on day 1 of the 2013 Splendour In The Grass Festival on July 26, 2013 in Byron Bay, Australia. . (Mark Metcalfe/AFP/Getty Images)

KCRW’s Anne Litt shares a playlist with new music from TV on the Radio, which is out with its first album since the death of a band member.

John Lloyd Young Takes ‘Jersey Boys’ From Theater To Screen

November 17, 2014
John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli in the new movie "Jersey Boys." (Warner Bros.)

When Clint Eastwood walked into the theater to scout him for the film, Young had already performed as Valli more than 1,300 times.

'A Brief History' Of 1970s Jamaica

November 17, 2014
A young couple decked out in "Jamaica" jackets stop at a display honoring reggae icon Bob Marley set up on the grounds of the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

The 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley is the plot of a bright, new novel that’s getting rave reviews. We’ll talk with author Marlon James.

Music On Only A Game

November 15, 2014
Only A Game Music

Stop the presses! In a revelation sure to confirm his status as a 30-year NPR veteran, Bill Littlefield admits in this week’s music blog that he doesn’t know what twerking is.

Amanda Palmer On ‘The Art Of Asking’

November 11, 2014
Amanda Palmer's new memoir is "The Art of Asking." (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

The performer is both celebrated and attacked for it. She writes in her new memoir, “I am totally not afraid to ask. For anything.”

Seventy Years Of Broadway's 'On The Town'

November 10, 2014
The cast of the current Broadway revival of "On The Town" in a preview performance. (Courtesy On The Town)

Seventy years after its first production, “On the Town” is back on Broadway. We’ll look at the collaboration that led to the creation of this jubilant show.

Music On Only A Game

November 8, 2014
Only A Game Music

An entry from Elvis Presley features prominently in Bill Littlefield’s latest addition to the Only A Game music blog. Unlike one song on this week’s show, Bill’s blog is most certainly not “redolent of idiocy.”

The Explicast, Episode Four: How Do You Sell A Million Records?

November 7, 2014
Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in New York. (AP)

Sure, Taylor Swift just sold nearly 1.3 million copies of her newest album in one week of sales. But how can the rest of us manage that? The Explicast explains.

On Stage: Ukulele Getaway In Florida

November 7, 2014
Pictured is an image from the poster for the 2014 Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway. (Tampa Bay Ukulele Society)

In this week’s installment of our “On Stage” series, we look at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway in Clearwater, Florida.

Celebrating John Philip Sousa’s 160th Birthday

November 6, 2014
Legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1854. (AP)

Today, we celebrate the birthday of marching band composer John Philip Sousa. (And it’s host Robin Young’s birthday too!)

DJ Sessions: Women And The Future Of Music

November 5, 2014
American R&B artist Janelle Monáe performs at the annual Øyafestivalen last August in Norway. (John Rudolph/Flickr)

Kentucky DJ Kyle Meredith shares a playlist highlighting female artists who have been pushing the music industry forward.

Taylor Swift And Spotify: It’s Complicated

November 4, 2014
Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

The pop star barred the online streaming service Spotify from playing any of her music, shortly after her latest album release.

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