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Through 'Smoke And Mirrors,' Brett Dennen Looks For Himself

Host Rachel Martin speaks with Brett Dennen about his new album, Smoke and Mirrors, and how he finds balance amid the pressure of work and expectations.
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In Turkey, Religious Differences Battled Out In Building Project

In an Ankara suburb, a new religious complex is going up, promoted as a bridge of understanding between the Sunni majority and Turkey's largest religious minority, the Alevis. But the combination mosque and cemevi, or assembly house, has provoked protests and anger in the poor neighborhood. Alevis are up in arms about what they call an effort by the Sunnis to assimilate them into Turkey's dominant mainstream religious culture.
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Hillary Clinton Pays The Piper For London Parking Ticket

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was slapped with a $130 fine after parking illegally in London. Though most diplomats ignore such fees, Clinton ponied up the money (the amount was cut in half because it was paid within two weeks).
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What's Next On The Political Agenda (Is It Feasible?)

With the debt ceiling and shutdown behind us, for the moment, NPR's Mara Liasson talks with host Rachel Martin about what is next on President Obama's agenda. After such a contentious battle over the Affordable Care Act, can Republicans and Democrats work together to push through new legislation, such as immigration reform?
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The Results Of The Tea Party's Push Against Obamacare

Congressman Phil Roe of Tennessee voted against reopening the government. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Roe, a member of the Tea Party caucus, to ask him about efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act and whether there will be repercussions from the shutdown.
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JPMorgan Reaches Tentative Deal On Mortgage Charges

The Justice Department is on the verge of a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. That would make it the biggest settlement ever announced involving a single company. NPR's Chris Arnold tells host Rachel Martin the negotiations involved the allegedly improper sale of mortgage securities, and the deal would only resolve civil charges against the company, not criminal ones.
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Pope Emails Response To Man's Quest For God Despite Tragedy

Menachem Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and a law professor specializing in genocide and war crimes, sent a personal note to Pope Francis on how it is possible to still believe in God after the horrors of the Holocaust. Rosensaft speaks with host Rachel Martin about the email he received from the pope.
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Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won't approve a trademark for the band's name on the grounds that it's a disparaging term for people of Asian descent. So the band is taking the fight to federal court.
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When U.S. Leaves After 12 Years, What's Next For Afghanistan?

Journalist Kevin Sites reported from Afghanistan when the United States invaded in 2001, and he has been back a handful of times. With U.S. and NATO troops scheduled to withdraw next year, Sites calls the American legacy "a paradox." While many Afghans appreciate improvements in infrastructure facilitated by the U.S., the people running the government are "still the warlords," says Sites.
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NHL Concussions Cast Spotlight On Head Injuries And Hockey

While the NFL has been under a microscope for its handling of head injuries, professional hockey also has been dealing with high-profile concussions. Perhaps the league's best player, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has missed large stretches of play after concussions. And this year, the season's first eight days left three players sidelined with concussions. The Mayo Clinic's Aynsley Smith discusses head injuries and hockey, including the role that fist fighting plays in the professional ranks.

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