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Scots Cast Historic Independence Vote

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With voting in Scotland's independence referendum underway, one Scottish family weighs in with different opinions about their country's future.

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Ukrainian President Thanks Congress For Supporting Freedom

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Petro Poroshenko called Russia's annexation of Crimea a "cynical act of treachery." He is in the U.S. meeting with President Obama and others to lobby for increased aid to fight insurgents.

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The Takeaway

Australians Halt ISIS Terrorism Plot

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Australian officials carried out counter-terrorism raids in Sydney today after it learned that the radical militant group ISIS or ISIL was planning to carry out random, violent attacks.

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Islamic State Seizes Villages; Australia Says It Foiled Beheading Plot

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Islamist rebels also known as ISIS or ISIL reportedly captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre of civilians.

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Morning Edition

Senate To Vote On Bill To Authorize Arming Syrian Rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn't split down party lines.

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Morning Edition

Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.

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Morning Edition

Wis. Court Reinstates Voter ID Law, Causes Chaos Before Election

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Last week, a federal appeals court reinstated the photo identification requirement. It had been blocked in a lawsuit brought by voter advocacy groups.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Vote for Independence, The NFL's Culture of Violence, and Dying in America

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Takeaway examines Scotland's historic vote for independence, the NFL's culture of violence, and a new report that argues that America's end-of-life care system is broken.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Feminist Response

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The 'death of adulthood'; the International Rescue Committee's David Miliband; Israeli feminists; reading on screens is changing brains; and how to build a better breast pump. 

House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.

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All Things Considered

Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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All Things Considered

A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Administration to Audit Verizon

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Months after a June 30h deadline, New Yorkers are still waiting on Verizon services.

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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WQXR Blog

Musicians from the Middle East Unite through Music

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tell Jeff Spurgeon about how they seek to overcome national and ethnic differences through music.
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The Takeaway

45 Million Americans Live Below the Poverty Line

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new Census report finds that 45.3 million people are still living below the poverty line. After the recession, it looks like there's been recovery for some, but not for all.

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The Takeaway

West Africa Looks to U.S. In Fight Against Ebola

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

President Obama has pledged up to 3,000 U.S. military personnel to help fight Ebola in West Africa. How will the mission work?

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The Takeaway

America's Game of Risk

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's been 13 years since the September 11th attacks, but terrorism remains one of the foremost threats facing the United States. How should the U.S. balance privacy and civil liberties?

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New Jersey News

What South Carolina Republicans Want To Hear From Christie (Should He Run...)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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In a South Carolina campaign stop, Christie was mobbed for selfies and was told he reminded folks of Ronald Reagan.

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