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Saturday, Oct 20


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.


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.


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.

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.


Saturday Politics: Khashoggi, Russian Interference, Midterms


We look at the U.S. political response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other stories in politics this week.

America's Global 'Throne' Sits Empty, Former Ambassador Says


NPR's Scott Simon asks Chicago Council on Global Affairs President Ivo Daalder about America's relationship with Saudi Arabia and its international leadership under President Trump.

Russian Charged As Money Manager In Disinformation Campaigns


The Justice Department unsealed charges against a Russian woman on Friday who is described as a comptroller in the Russian government's active measures against the U.S. in the 2018 election.

Health Care As An Election Issue


Health care is a major concern for voters in the upcoming midterm elections. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Rep. John Faso about how he's speaking to his constituents about this important issue.

Opinion: A President In Praise Of Strongmen And Dictators


NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the praise that President Trump heaps on authoritarian leaders.


Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre Casts Shadow As Trump Considers Fate Of DOJ Leaders


President Nixon 45 years ago precipitated the departure of the attorney general, deputy attorney general and Watergate special prosecutor as the criminal investigation of his administration escalated.

The Russia Investigations: Why Are Democrats Avoiding The Russia Imbroglio?


Democrats have placed their chips as they try to unseat Republicans — but not on Russia red. Meanwhile, a liberal billionaire outsider has built a massive organization intent on impeaching Trump.


Harvard Admissions Secrets Emerge; Defrauded Borrowers Can Now Seek Loan Forgiveness


Also this week, dozens of lawmakers ask Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to look into the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.


Jamal Khashoggi's Complicated History With The Saudi Royal Family


For generations, the Khashoggi family has had close ties to the Saudi royals. Over a long career, Jamal Khashoggi was a loyalist who worked for the monarchy — and a critic who urged reform.


Episode 870: Trump vs. Red Tape


President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?

How Might Trump Administration Respond To Khashoggi's Confirmed Death?


President Trump has indicated he wanted to wait for investigations to be completed on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before deciding how the U.S. would respond.

Saudi State TV: Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead


Saudi officials confirmed the death of Khashoggi early Saturday local time. According to a report on state TV, he was killed in a fight that broke out during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Friday, Oct 19


West Virginia Halts Supreme Court Impeachment Trials


In August, the entire West Virginia Supreme Court was impeached. Now the temporary court says they shouldn't have been. How did we get here and what does it mean for the future of the state?

The Trump Aministration's Evolving Reaction To Khashoggi Disappearance


President Trump acknowledged Thursday that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was probably dead. His administration's reaction to his disappearance has swung from condemnation, to a rogue killer theory, to withholding judgment — for…

Affordable Care Act Central To Arizona's Senate Race


The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a central issue in Arizona's election for U.S. Senate. But voters' perceptions of the health care law have changed dramatically over the past eight years.

Little Free Library Creator Todd Bol Dies


NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to author Miranda Paul about Todd Bol, who built the first "Little Free Library" on his Hudson, Wis., deck. Bol died Thursday at age 62 after battling pancreatic cancer.

How Will GOP Adapt To Shifting Arizona Demographics?


Arizona will be majority-minority by 2030. As Arizona's Latino population rapidly grows, what efforts are Republicans making to court the Latino vote?

Bill Clinton In The Era Of #MeToo


NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Susan Glasser of The New Yorker about how America's reaction to the Clinton scandal helped shape our political culture today.

Trump Drives Illegal Immigration Issue Into Midterms Spotlight


In the final days of midterm campaigning, the president returns to familiar territory, focusing on the issue of illegal immigration by drawing attention to a caravan of migrants headed to the U.S.


Paul Manafort To Be Sentenced In February; Lawyers Cite His Health Woes In Jail


President Trump's former campaign chairman continues cooperating with the Justice Department after his plea agreement, but it isn't clear when prosecutors might be finished with him.


Democrat Tries To Unseat GOP Incumbent In Tight Calif. House Race


Republican Dana Rohrabacher has served the 48th Congressional District for nearly three decades. But political newcomer, Democrat Harley Rouda, has a shot at unseating him.

Vietnamese Vote Is Key To California's 48th Congressional District Race


Orange County is home to the largest Vietnamese population in the United States. Older Vietnamese-Americans tend to vote Republican while the younger generations lean more Democratic.

Examining The Close Ties Between Saudi Arabia And Silicon Valley


Steve Inskeep talks with writer Anand Giridharadas about the relationship between Silicon Valley and Saudi Arabia. The presumed killing of a Saudi journalist raises concerns about the investments.