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October 22, 2014 Comment

How Do You Judge A Secretary Of State?

Professor Jeremi Suri has studied that question and joins us to discuss John Kerry and how to rate the success of a secretary of state.

October 22, 2014 12 Comments

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Critics say a ban would violate the state’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

October 22, 2014 Comment

Senate Tracker: A Race To Fill A Seat In Iowa

As longtime Sen. Tom Harkin retires, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley are vying for the seat.

October 21, 2014 9 Comments

The Case For A U.S. Surgeon General During Ebola Outbreak

Would the U.S. be handling the outbreak differently it had a surgeon general? We ask former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Politicians And Populace Face Off In Hong Kong

Today, protesters and officials from Leung Chun-ying’s administration finally met, but little was accomplished.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Are Airlines Doing Enough To Protect Cleaning Staff From Ebola?

Labor union SEIU has expressed concerns about how airlines are training the crews that clean planes at airports.

October 21, 2014 Comment

A Closer Look At Governor’s Races In Kansas, Colorado, Connecticut

This year, almost a dozen incumbent governors are at risk of losing their bids for reelection. We take a look at three of those races.

October 20, 2014 3 Comments

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

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.

October 20, 2014 Comment

U.S. Boosts Kurds’ Effort To Hold Kobane

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

October 20, 2014 Comment

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

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

October 20, 2014 Comment

Who’s Next In Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

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

October 20, 2014 Comment

Indonesia Inaugurates New President

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

October 17, 2014 3 Comments

Colorado Considers Another ‘Personhood’ Amendment

Two previous measures were designed to ban abortion, but supporters of Amendment 67 say that’s not their goal this time around.

October 17, 2014 Comment

Senate Tracker: South Dakota No Longer A Shoo-in For Republicans

Republican candidate Mike Round’s is losing his safe margins in the race for South Dakota’s senate seat.

October 17, 2014 3 Comments

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 17, 2014 10 Comments

Obama Names Ron Klain Ebola ‘Czar’

President Obama has been under pressure to name an Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the U.S. and actions to help stem the outbreak in West Africa.

October 16, 2014 Comment

‘Alternate Routes': Tradition And Change In Utah

Rachel Rohr’s dispatches from Utah, where young people are confronting same-sex marriage and other conflicts between change and tradition.

October 16, 2014 2 Comments

The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Midterm Political Ads

This year, political ads are getting interesting with a couple of fear-mongering ads featuring Ebola.

October 16, 2014 18 Comments

CDC Director Faces Tough Questions At Ebola Hearing

CDC director Tom Frieden will face a Congressional committee over how the CDC has handled Ebola.

October 15, 2014 3 Comments

Political Wrap Up: Democrats Focus Energy On Most Likely Wins

The Democratic Party is pulling up stakes in Kentucky and focusing its efforts on races it feels a Democrat will win.

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October 21 Comment

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir "Food: A Love Story."

October 21 Comment

Jill Abramson Announces Plans For News Startup

The former New York Times executive editor said her goal is to create a news outlet that favors quality over quantity.

October 20 Comment

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

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

October 20 Comment

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

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