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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

Morning Edition

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

Morning Edition

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi tells NPR TV critic Eric Deggans the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.

Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.

Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

The secretary of defense says the extremists are well-funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.

Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.

Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.

All Things Considered

European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State

The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

All Things Considered

Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Earlier in the summer, a U.S. raid failed to rescue American hostages in Syria, including journalist James Foley, who was executed in a video released this week by Islamist militants. The hostages were not where they were thought to be. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the limits on America's ability to gather intelligence in Syria, as well as the latest developments since Foley was killed.

All Things Considered

American Ebola Patients Leave Atlanta Hospital Healthy

Two U.S. missionaries who caught the Ebola virus in Liberia have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital after fully recovering. They were the first known Ebola patients flown to the U.S. for treatment. Both received an experimental drug called ZMapp, but it remains unclear what role that treatment played in their recovery.

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

August 21, 2014
Kinan Azmeh performs in Damascus. (Rima Badawi)

“Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?” Kinan Azmeh asks. “Of course it doesn’t. But… it can inspire.”

DJ Sessions: Dance Music From The U.K. And Beyond

August 20, 2014
One of the groups recommended by KCRW's Mario Cotto is English electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco.

Mario Cotto of KCRW shares a number of new sounds in dance music out of the United Kingdom and New York City.

Self Portraits, Nashville Style

August 14, 2014
Bryce McCloud (right), who runs a mobile self-portrait project called Our Town in Nashville, TN, and his assistant Elizabeth Williams pose with their own portraits. (Nina Cardona/WPLN)

A year-long art project called “Our Town” is challenging Nashville residents to make self portraits with rubber stamps and ink.

Nickel Creek Plays Three Songs LIVE For On Point

August 13, 2014
When we first tried to talk to Nickel Creek, they looked like this. Would you believe they're in their 30s now? (Courtesy Nickel Creek)

Nickel Creek shares three live (well, mostly) tracks from their interview with On Point Radio.

Virtuosic Folk Trio Nickel Creek Reunites

August 13, 2014
Nickel Creek

After a seven-year hiatus, progressive folk trio Nickel Creek is back together. We’ll hear from them and their latest album, “A Dotted Line.”

DJ Sessions: Country’s Vast Age Range

August 12, 2014
Emi Sunshine, pictured here at age 9, recorded her first two albums by the time she was 7 years old. (Emi Sunshine/Facebook)

WSM’s Marcia Campbell shares some favorite country artists from 10-year-old Emi Sunshine to the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

Music On Only A Game

August 9, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik presents the songs that run the gamut from clichéd and overplayed to sublime.

On Stage: Christian Rap At Rap Fest

August 8, 2014
Rap Fest is a Christian rap outreach festival in the Bronx. This is its 21st year. (Steven Sanchez)

In our weekly look at performances around the country, we visit a Christian rap festival in the Bronx, now in its 21st year.

Harpsichord Workshop Is Music To Enthusiasts’ Ears

August 8, 2014
Will Plouffe, a harpsichord builder with Zuckermann Harpsichords International, levels and balances a keyboard he built. (Shana Sureck/WNPR)

Zuckermann Harpsichords International in Stonington, Conn. has become the epicenter of harpsichord production in the U.S.

‘Brokeback Mountain’ Composer Releases New Album, ‘Camino’

August 7, 2014
Soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla performs onstage during The Last of Us: One Night Live reading and performance at The Broad Stage on July 28 in Santa Monica, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Sony Computer Entertainment America)

The two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who has also won 16 Grammys, discusses his new album.

Melissa Etheridge With a Fan on How Her Music Transcends Politics

August 6, 2014

A fan calls in to thank Melissa Etheridge for her music — and tell her that her stories transcend politics.

DJ Sessions: Picks From Anthony ‘Color Me Badd Forever’ Valadez

August 6, 2014
Among Anthony Valadez's recommendations is Canadian producing and performing duo Majid Jordan. (Majid Jordan/Facebook)

The KCRW DJ shares songs from Majid Jordan, Nick Hakim, Silk Rhodes, Liam Bailey and Color Me Badd.

Melissa Etheridge On Music and Politics

August 6, 2014
Melissa Etheridge

We talk with legendary rocker Melissa Etheridge.

Music On Only A Game

August 2, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists this week’s sports smash hits.

DJ Sessions: Yesterday’s Covers, From ‘Hound Dog’ To ‘The Twist’

July 30, 2014
American rock singer Elvis Presley serenades a basset hound in a top hat with the song, "Hound Dog" on the set of "The Steve Allen Show" in July 1956. (NBC Television/Getty Images)

Paul Ray of KUTX shares famous covers that people may not know are covers – along with the lesser-known original versions.

Music On Only A Game

July 26, 2014
Only A Game Music

                The Simpson’s Theme by Adam Mormolstein (from Band Camp)   The Snail is Fast by Nomadik and V12 (from Turbo: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, Relativity, 2013)    Roller Boogie by Bisquit (from Roller Boogie Soundtrack, Casablanca, 1979)   Scottish National Anthem (Scotland the Brave) by The Scottish […]

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