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Charters helped ignite the blues revival of the '50s and '60s. He made field recordings of forgotten and previously undiscovered performers. He also wrote two books. He died Wednesday; he was 85.
Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.
A Los Angeles criminal court judge has organized a running club made up of residents from Skid Row's Midnight Mission. This weekend, the club is running far away from home.
Critics say the benefit program discourages people from seeking jobs. The Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to find a better way to get recipients back to work.
Steve Inskeep talks to Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, about the prospects for peace in light of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's election victory.
NPR's Deb Amos and Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni have both covered the Middle East for decades, and Syria since the beginning of the war. As the war enters its fifth year this week, Amos and Di Giovanni look back to how it started, with a quick shift from protests to brutality.