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Hong Kong Police Arrest Protest Leaders, More Than 100 Others

Authorities cleared a major pro-democracy protest camp in a blue-collar neighborhood Wednesday. The months of fruitless demonstrating has disheartened many protesters, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts

After a stray dog met a team of Swedish adventure athletes in Ecuador, he ran for miles to stay with them. Now Arthur the dog is famous — and it all started with a meatball.

Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, says he has "a clean conscience" about the shooting; he also says he's sorry for the loss of life.

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears

In Ferguson, Mo., some residents spent Tuesday cleaning up looted and vandalized businesses near the police station — some for the second time since the August shooting sparked public outcry.

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

Some of those who attended planning meetings with local officials blamed police and the county attorney's office for fueling the unrest by making the finding public at night and with little warning.

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Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

This problem exists nationwide, but in the nation's capital, there are more requirements and restrictions. For example, D.C. limits the maximum resale price and makes homeowners wait before they sell.

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In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class For 150 In A Cowshed

In a remote village, poor children are on the front line of an education battle. The village's only educated person aims to teach them — and shame teachers who are paid but don't show up for work.

Missouri Governor Adds 'Significantly' To National Guard In Ferguson

"Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said, adding that there will be 2,200 National Guardsmen in the region tonight.

An Insider’s View Of The Bob Dylan Story

November 27, 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.”

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.

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