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Comet Narrowly Passes Mars, NASA Orbiters

October 20, 2014
An artist's concept of comet Siding Spring and Mars. (NASA)

The comet Siding Spring came closer to Mars than any comet has come to a planet in recorded history.

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

October 20, 2014
Rachel Rohr spent one month driving across the country, talking with young Americans ahead of the midterm elections. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

HGTV Is A Hit With Affluent Women Viewers

October 20, 2014
Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers pose at HGTVs The Lodge at CMA Music Fest 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HGTV)

Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times explains the channel’s recipe for success, and why it’s so popular among affluent women.

Holiday Retail Sales Projected To Be High

October 20, 2014
People shop in Macy's department store November 26, 2004 in New York City. The Friday after Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday," is one of the busiest shopping days of the year with stores opening early and a large number of shoppers looking for holiday gifts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A new report finds people are as ready and willing to go shopping as they were before the financial crisis.

Heroin Use On The Rise In North Carolina

October 20, 2014
There were 183 heroin overdose deaths in North Carolina last year. (thomasmartinsen/Flickr)

More and more Americans are dying from heroin overdoses. We take a look at North Carolina, where 183 people died from the drug last year.

Week In Politics: Midterm Elections Approach, Texas Voter ID Law Stands

October 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 6, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian discusses key upcoming races and the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision to let Texas’s voter ID law stand.

U.S. Boosts Kurds’ Effort To Hold Kobane

October 20, 2014
Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Kurdish fighters are battling Islamic State militants, trying to hold the Syrian town that is on the border with Turkey.

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

October 20, 2014
Mario Batali's latest cookbook is "America - Farm to Table." (Kelly Campbell)

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

In Kansas City, It’s A Generational Thing

October 20, 2014
Fans watch batting practice prior to the American League Wild Card game between the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Jeremy Bernfeld of KCUR talks to Royals fans in their 20s who have known only losing, and to little kids who have grown up with a winner.

Spending On 2014 Campaign Ads On Track To Exceed $1 Billion

October 20, 2014

As the midterm elections approach, our media analyst John Carroll discusses the volume of campaign ads and who’s behind them.

Who’s Next In Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

October 20, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance exchange vows as Rev. John Dorhaer, right, officiates the ceremony, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

Nick Blumberg of KJZZ in Arizona – where same-sex marriage is now legal – reports on which courts are likely to rule next.

College Campuses Work To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

October 20, 2014
Natural lighting, open spaces and chilled beams can be seen at the University of Minnesota, Morris. (Courtesy)

The University of Minnesota, Morris, is among the universities working toward a goal of total carbon neutrality.

Indonesia Inaugurates New President

October 20, 2014
Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves to crowds while on his journey to Presidential Palace by carriage during the ceremony parade on October 20, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joko Widodo is today sworn in as the president of Indonesia with an inauguration ceremony held in Jakarta. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto. A number of key world leaders will be in attendance including Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Joko Widodo was cheered through the streets of Jakarta by the tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians who swept him to power.

Airline Expert: U.S. Should Enact Ebola-Related Travel Ban

October 20, 2014
A plane arrives at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK ) airport on October 11, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Polls show the American public supports a travel ban, but federal health officials insist it could worsen the crisis.

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