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LA Dodgers Defeat Milwaukee Brewers To Reach World Series


Los Angeles held off Milwaukee 5-1 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers will go to the World Series for the second year in a row, this time facing the Boston Red Sox.




An obit for a young mother who died after struggling with addiction gained national attention this week. Her sister wants to remind readers: "So many people with addiction don't resemble the photo."


As Border Restrictions Tighten, Some Experts See Migrant Caravans Growing In Size


Mexico has begun allowing members of a mass migrant caravan to cross its border, following violent clashes between the migrants and Mexican police on Friday.

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Barbershop: Hollywood's Treatment Of The Opioid Crisis


NPR's Michel Martin speaks with reporter and author Sam Quinones, along with CNN contributor Jeff Yang, about how the opioid crisis is treated in the media.

'NYT' Reporter Digs Into Conservative Group's Secret Judicial Training Program


NPR's Michel Martin speaks with New York Times' reporter Adam Liptak about his exposé into the Heritage Foundation's Federal Clerkship Training Academy.

Texas High Schools To Require Police Interaction Education Video


NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Texas State Sen. Royce West about a new mandatory video for high school students regarding how to deal with police at traffic stops.

Facebook Executive Draws Attention To Brother's Death After Police Encounter


Chinedu Okobi died this month after he was tased by a San Mateo County Police Department deputy. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with his sister, Ebele Okobi, Facebook's public policy director of Africa.

Migrant Caravan Stuck At Guatemala-Mexico Border


NPR's Michel Martin talks with reporter Emily Green, who is following thousands of migrants traveling in a so-called caravan to the U.S.

Turkey's Role In The Khashoggi Case


NPR's Michel Martin talks to Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about Turkey's role in the Khashoggi affair.

Turkey Continues To Investigate Khashoggi's Death


Turkey is continuing to investigate the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amidst widespread skepticism about Saudi Arabia's explanation of how he was killed.

Crowdsourcing To Find Survivors Of Hurricane Michael


According to one website, at least 300 people are still unaccounted for on the Florida panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

'The Hate U Give' Star Says The Novel Was Like 'Reading My Own Diary'


Like protagonist Starr Carter, Amandla Stenberg grew up in a black neighborhood, but attended an overwhelmingly white school. She stars in the adaptation of the novel about a fatal police shooting.


At $1.6 Billion, Mega Millions Jackpot Becomes Largest In Lottery History


After no one won the jackpot in a drawing on Friday night, the winnings surpassed the record $1.586 billion for the Powerball prize in January 2016. The next drawing will be on Tuesday night.


World Reacts With Skepticism To Saudi Account Of Jamal Khashoggi's Death


Saudi officials initially claimed that the journalist, who had been missing since Oct. 2, left their consulate in Istanbul alive.


Nation's Only Independent Gov. Drops Re-Election Bid In Alaska And Backs Democrat


Three days after his lieutenant governor resigned for an "inappropriate overture," Bill Walker, polling far behind the Republican candidate, dropped out of the race to endorse Democrat Mark Begich.



Our panelists predict who will be the next public figure to take a DNA test and what will they find.

Lightning Fill In The Blank


All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Bluff The Listener


Our panelists read three stories about false alarms in the news, only one of which is true.

Panel Questions


Eye-Opening Prank, Secret Grandma Recipe.

Who's Bill This Time


Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: "Saudi Arabeas Corpus," "DNA TMI," and "Canuck Kush."

Not My Job: Legal Thriller Author John Grisham Gets Quizzed On (Men's) Briefs


Sure, the lawyer-turned-novelist knows about legal briefs, but what about men's briefs? We'll ask him three questions about tighty whities.

Sears Is Fading, But Memories Of Its Mail-Order Homes Endure


In the early 1900s, Sears sold thousands of homes around the U.S. through its mail-order catalogs. Many of those houses are still around, and their owners are saddened by the retailer's bankruptcy.

Trump Sticks To Trump Country As He Pushes For GOP Wins In The Midterms


The president goes to places where he can make the biggest impact for Republicans, which has largely meant avoiding suburban swing districts and focusing his attention on places he won in 2016.

Prejudice Complicates The Course Of Love In 'A Very Large Expanse Of Sea'


Tahereh Mafi's new novel follows a young Muslim teenager in the years just after 9/11, and what happens when a popular boy in her class falls for her — will she choose love, or self-preservation?


Fresh Air Weekend: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator; 'Hey, Kiddo' Author


Raphael Bob-Waksberg describes his show, BoJack Horseman, as a sadness "sneak attack." Justin Chang reviews Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses his graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo.


What Migrants Displaced By The Dust Bowl And Climate Events Can Teach Us


The World Bank predicts climate change may displace 143 million people by 2050. Environmental shifts have caused migration on smaller scales throughout the history of North America, historians say.

Saturday Sports: Preparing For The World Series


Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the magazine joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about the MLB season winding down, and the wave of women in leadership in the NBA as the basketball season begins.

Thousands Of Students Wait To Return To Class After Hurricane Michael


Thousands of Florida students are out of school as the panhandle tries to recover from Hurricane Michael. NPR's Scott Simon asks Steve Moss of the Bay County School Board when students can return.

Matthew Shepard Laid To Rest, 20 Years After His Death


To mark the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder, he will be interred at the National Cathedral. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Bishop Gene Robinson about Shepard's life and death.

Nebraska: 'It's Not For Everyone'


Nebraska has an innovative new marketing campaign.