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First Listen: St. Vincent's Latest Album

Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, co-hosts of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, join us to discuss a new album from one of music's creative songwriters. St. Vincent's eponymous album comes out next week.

Wal-Mart Profit Shrinks After Weak Holiday Sales

Wal-Mart on Thursday reported full-year net income tumbled to $16 billion, down by nearly $1 billion from the previous year. The holiday season was especially disappointing.

For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'

Starting Thursday, three American Indian tribes can prosecute non-Indians for some domestic violence crimes. The change stems from a provision included in the Violence Against Women Act.

Georgia Clears The Road For Confederate-Themed License Plate

Approval of the specialty plate has angered civil rights leaders and fueled a decades-long debate over whether use of the Confederate battle flag is appropriate.

Men Who Vandalized Egyptian Pyramid To Prove Theory Face Charges

Two German men filmed themselves scraping off samples of the Great Pyramid in hopes of proving their theory that it was built 20,000 years ago by people from the legendary city of Atlantis.

New York Backs Off Controversial Punishment For Juveniles

In response to a lawsuit, New York has offered to limit its use of solitary confinement, including prohibiting its use for prisoners under 18. This may be a potential watershed in prison policy.

With Egyptian Press On Trial, Space For Dissent Is In Question

Thursday marks the opening day of a Cairo trial for Al-Jazeera journalists, who have been jailed on terrorism charges. The case is a sign of the dangerous conditions for the press in Egypt.

In Syria, Neighboring Militant Group Shifts Weight To Step In

With Syria peace talks in paralysis, Lebanon's Hezbollah is primed for a long continuation of this horrific war. The group, founded on resisting Israeli occupation, is now embracing the war next door.
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The Politics Hour - Feb. 21, 2014

Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette (D) and John McCarthy, Maryland States Attorney for Montgomery County, join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.


VIDEO: Pussy Riot Defies Ban On Sochi Protests, Skewers Putin

The punk protesters have released a new song — "Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland" — and the video they made while at the site of the Winter Olympics.