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When the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, sailor Lauren Bruner was the second-to-last person to get off the USS Arizona alive.

Bruner and five others were stranded on the doomed ship when a sailor on a repair ship spotted them and threw them a line. Even though Bruner was badly burned and had been shot twice, the 21-year-old managed to climb to safety.

Saturday is the deadline for most people with Medicare coverage to sign up for private drug and medical plans for next year. But members of Congress, health care advocates and insurance agents worry that enrollment decisions based on bad information from the government's revamped, error-prone Plan Finder website will bring unwelcome surprises.

Beneficiaries could be stuck in plans that cost too much and don't meet their medical needs — with no way out until 2021.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that he is suspending a policy that permitted correctional staff to perform a strip search on an 8-year-old girl last month as she was trying to visit her father.

The incident took place days before the Thanksgiving holiday at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, about a 75-minute drive west of Richmond.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg called on McKinsey & Co. Friday to release its client list from Buttigieg's time at the prestigious global consulting firm, a response to criticism that he hasn't been transparent about his nearly three years there.

The impeachment spotlight shifts to the Judiciary Committee. Trump at a strained NATO summit. Kamala Harris drops out of the presidential race. The roundtable weighs in on the week that was.

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Seung Min Kim, White House reporter for The Washington Post, covering Capitol Hill. (@seungminkim)

Richard Jewell was front page news after he was suspected to have planted a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. A new book and movie unpack his ordeal and innocence.

The News Roundup - Domestic

Dec 6, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jarrod Nadler to begin drawing up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Attorney General William Barr issued a warning to certain communities over protests of law enforcement, saying that they could lose their right to police protection.

The News Roundup - International

Dec 6, 2019

This week, the Iranian government acknowledged that it used deadly force on protestors. The demonstrations over an increase in gasoline prices have left hundreds of people dead, according to some reports.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made his latest address to the nation this week in the gym, then posted it on Facebook.

With just under a week to the U.K. elections, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party falls short in the polls behind Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. Corbyn is the most unpopular opposition leader since the 1970s.

How did he get that way despite the relative popularity of his ideas?

Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with Steven Fielding (@PolProfSteve), professor of British politics at the University of Nottingham.

Abby McEnany, a fixture of the Chicago improv scene, has a new TV comedy that she wrote and stars in.

“Work in Progress” premieres on Showtime this Sunday. It’s about a fictionalized version of McEnany as she wrestles with mental illness and strikes up a relationship with a transgender man.

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A pair of armed robbers and two others, including the driver of a hijacked UPS truck, were killed in an exchange of gunfire with South Florida police officers after the suspects led authorities on a high-speed chase.

The unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in November, making it a historic low. But that figure does not capture the number of Americans who have given up on finding work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 15% of men in their prime years aren’t working. That’s up threefold from 5% in 1968.

Host Peter O’Dowd talks to Mike Regan (@Reganonymous), senior editor at Bloomberg News, about why.

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This is FRESH AIR. Child advocate Mary Previte spent three decades devoted to the compassionate care of the troubled young people in her charge at the Camden County Youth Center in New Jersey. Previte died last month at age 87.

Midsize cities in the western U.S. are facing a housing crunch. 

A Year Of Growing Hemp

Dec 6, 2019

It’s been nearly one year since President Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, making it legal to grow industrial hemp in the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years. There’s been a steep learning curve for some farmers as they figure out how to grow and process the low-THC version of the cannabis plant.

Virginity tests are making headlines in the United States. In November, the rapper T.I. drew a firestorm of criticism after he said during a podcast interview that he requires his 18-year-old daughter to undergo an annual virginity test with her gynecologist.

Video obtained by ProPublica reveals how the body of a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant was discovered in his holding cell, contradicting reports from Border Patrol.

Also, TikTok admits to suppressing content from users who are disabled, fat and from the LGBTQ community.

This past September, the 20th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference featured a broad range of showcases from diverse musicians across alt-country, roots-rock, bluegrass, R&B, blues, folk and the singer-songwriter genre.

Gentrification has touched cities across the United States, from New York and the Bay Area, to Pittsburgh and Albuquerque.

The rapid transformation of some urban neighborhoods has become an incendiary cultural topic, attracting fierce opposition from anti-gentrification activists.

Samoan authorities have arrested a prominent anti-vaccination activist amid an outbreak that has killed at least 63 people, most of them children.

Edwin Tamasese has been charged with "incitement against a government order," according to the BBC.

People have been playing music together in the small Appalachian town of Hindman, Ky., since it was founded in the late 1800s. Today, one of the few businesses still open in the town is the Appalachian School of Luthiery, which teaches people how to build wooden stringed instruments. Now that school is playing a role in helping the local community overcome drug addiction.

On a typical Friday, the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris would be positively seething with travelers hustling to catch their trains or greet arrivals. After all, it saw some 110 million passengers walk through its doors last year alone.

This, however, was not exactly a typical Friday in Paris.

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Farewell To NPR's Lynn Neary

Dec 6, 2019

Chief Arts Editor Ellen Silva announced the retirement of long-time NPR correspondent and host Lynn Neary. Read the full note below.

It's my sad duty to announce that an NPR legend will retire later this month.

As a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and boundary-pushing feminist trailblazer, Paula Cole has long incorporated powerful social statements into her emotional hit songs. Cole's latest album, 2019's Revolution, is no exception. Described as a social protest album, Revolution's songs tackle subjects like climate change and politics, which Cole hopes will inspire thought and conversation from listeners.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Dec 6, 2019

WARNING! This game is tougher than it appears. Contestants match the product to the warning label.

Heard on Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

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