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How To Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

Dec 19, 2014
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Awkward question - how do you talk to your teenage son about sex and consent, especially given recent stories about sexual violence against women on college campuses?

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the months-long ISIS siege of Mount Sijar, where thousands of Yazidis and other Iraqis have been trapped since August.

The offensive against the fighters from ISIS, which also calls itself the Islamic State, began early on Wednesday with 45 airstrikes by US and coalition forces. It was a full-circle moment for the air campaign; President Barack Obama first authorized strikes this summer in large part to prevent an impending "genocide" of Yazidis on the mountain.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new national standards designating coal ash – a nearly ubiquitous byproduct of coal-fired power plants that contains arsenic and lead – as non-hazardous waste.

NPR's Christopher Joyce reports that coal-fired power plants produce more than 130 million tons of the coal ash each year and they have long stored millions of tons of it in giant ponds.

But many of those ponds have failed in recent years, allowing contaminated water to get into rivers and streams, and ultimately into drinking water.

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The main boulevard in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, is alive with political debate about the two candidates for president in this Sunday's election.

In one tent, campaign workers play music and hand out fliers for Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old candidate who held posts in the old regime and then served as an interim prime minister after the country's revolution in 2011.

Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch. In an interview about the case Friday, the prosecutor says he won't seek perjury charges.

A Road More Dangerous

Dec 19, 2014
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When Deportees Return

Dec 19, 2014
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Sabiduría: Honduras Takeaways

Dec 19, 2014
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Courtesy of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture

When reports about abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison first came out more than a decade ago, Michael Peppard started researching every account of mistreatment and torture he could find. He soon noticed a pattern missed by most journalists: American interrogators were using the religious faith of Muslim detainees as a weapon to abuse them. 

“One of the ex-detainees described 'forced prostration before an idol shrine,'” says Peppard, an assistant professor of theology at Fordham University.

Special Coverage: Obama's Year-End Remarks

Dec 19, 2014

Here & Now provided special coverage of the president’s remarks on Friday afternoon, before he and his family left for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The audio includes the entirety of the remarks and special coverage.

President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn’t expect it to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

Mixed Reaction As New York Bans Fracking

Dec 19, 2014

This week, New York became the second state in the nation to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Vermont’s ban, which was the first, was largely symbolic, as the state doesn’t have any real natural gas resources. New York, though, sits on the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and the debate over whether to open it to fracking has been deeply emotional and contentious.

Obama: Sony Decision To Cancel Movie A 'Mistake'

Dec 19, 2014

President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he vowed the United States will respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.

Speaking of Sony executives, Obama said at a year-end news conference, “I wish they had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship.”

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