India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

The Indian prime minister, in an interview, called his country's Muslims patriots. The remarks are his most forthcoming on India's Muslims, many of whom doubted his commitment to religious minorities.

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

Six young Iranians were arrested in May for producing their own version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy." Iranian authorities said the video, which went viral, offended public morals.

Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to the rest of the U.K.

Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.

Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.

French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.

As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

At final count, the "no" votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question "for a generation."

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How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here's how they compare.

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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

September 18, 2014
The exotica band, Ixtahuele. (Ixtahuele/Facebook)

“Space age pop” and “incredibly strange music” are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

An Insider’s View Of The Bob Dylan Story

September 17, 2014
Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)

A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.”

Remembering Jesse Winchester

September 16, 2014
Jimmy Buffett and Jesse Winchester perform at Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast on July 11, 2010. Winchester died earlier this year. Buffett wrote the liner notes for Winchester's posthumous album which is being released today. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jimmy Buffett remembers his friend the late songwriter Jesse Winchester, whose posthumous album is being released today.

Music On Only A Game

September 13, 2014
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Only A Game’s Gary Waleik catalogs the ditties that made this week’s cut.

DJ Sessions: Summer’s Last Hurrah

September 11, 2014
Mirel Wagner is one of the featured artists on this week's DJ Sessions. (Mirel Wagner/Facebook)

On this edition of DJ Sessions. KCRW’s Anne Litt gives summer a musical send off. But it’s not all sunshine and fields of flowers.

Delta Spirit Heads ‘Into The Wide’

September 11, 2014
The band Delta Spirit shown recording their recently released album "Into the Wide," which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy. (Delta Spirit/Facebook)

The folk rock band Delta Spirit’s new album was inspired by rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

Music On Only A Game

September 6, 2014
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Only A Game’s Gary Waleik provides the musical playlist for this week’s show.

Tierney Sutton Plays LIVE For On Point

September 5, 2014
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and her band in performance. (Courtesy Tierney Sutton)

We break out Tierney Sutton’s three beautiful live tracks from our broadcast today for your listening pleasure.

Tierney Sutton's Jazz Vocals And Baha'i Faith

September 5, 2014
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton in performance. (Andrea Carter / Courtesy Tierney Sutton)

Jazz singer Tierney Sutton on the improvising life in music and her Baha’i faith.

DJ Sessions: Reggae With Staying Power

September 4, 2014
One of the reggae artists recommended by DJ Howard "Flagga" Duperly is Rolando McNaughton Jr., who goes by the stage name Chronixx. (

Howard “Flagga” Duperly of WDNA in Miami shares new reggae artists that he says won’t be one-hit wonders – from Chronixx to Sasha Dias.

Another Visit With Ukulele Sensation Jake Shimabukuro

September 1, 2014
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

“There’s something really magical about the ukulele,” Jake says. “It feels so good, it makes you smile, and it just makes everything okay.”

Music On Only A Game

August 30, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists the hits that fit.

The Beyoncé Brand Of Feminism

August 29, 2014
Beyoncé performs at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Getty)

Sex, power and Beyoncé’s feminism. The message to young women.

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

August 28, 2014
Tim DeLaughter and the Polyphonic Spree perform at the Marsh Chapel at Boston University. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

August 27, 2014
Steve Perry was lead singer of Journey during its most successful periods, including the song "Don't Stop Believin'." He's pictured here onstage in New York in 1979. (Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

35 Years Later, Kate Bush’s Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

August 26, 2014
British singer-songwriter Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year absence. (

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world.

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