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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · A company called WTAS is reviving the defunct accounting firm's name and hoping clients have forgotten its associations with the Enron scandal.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Sep 2, 2014 — The instrumental hip-hop band's third record is their first of completely original material.
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Sep 2, 2014 — Shabazz Palaces' music sounds like nothing else. Watch Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire bring an interplanetary vibe to "They Come In Gold" during their recent visit to KEXP's studios in Seattle.
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Sep 1, 2014 — In this Vintage Cafe interview, The Cure's Robert Smith sits down with World Cafe host David Dye during his 2008 tour for 4:13 Dream. The segment also features classic Cure songs performed in concert.
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Aug 31, 2014 — The garage rocker performs stripped-down versions of songs from his new album, Manipulator, and tells NPR's Arun Rath why the new songs are less rough around the edges than some of his earlier work.
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Aug 29, 2014 — The pianist solos in his original "Lullaby for Rabbit," host Marian McPartland performs a "Portrait of Makoto Ozon," and together they enjoy musical jokes in Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two."
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Aug 25, 2014 — Danger Mouse and James Mercer recently brought their touring band to KEXP to perform songs from Broken Bells' most recent album, After The Disco. Watch the group perform "Holding On For Life."
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Aug 22, 2014 — One of the first big blog-rock bands visits Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform "Coming Down," the first single from its new fourth album, Only Run.
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Aug 22, 2014 — The multimillion-selling singer-songwriter plays songs from her new album, Shine On, and discusses how her divorce and the death of her father have affected her work.
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Aug 22, 2014 — The vocalist, bassist and songwriter performs her own song "Movie" and a lighthearted rendition of the standard "Tea for Two" for host Michael Feinstein.
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Aug 22, 2014 — On this program from 2001, the bassist takes center stage to discuss his favorite gigs and jam with host Marian McPartland in "Billie's Bounce" and "Midnight Sun."
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