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New College Presidents on Campus Life in NYC

Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College, and Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University, discuss their new jobs leading two NYC colleges and the issues on campuses today.

Courtney Marie Andrews, 'Irene' (Live At Pickathon)

On a hazy Saturday morning in Oregon this past summer, Courtney Marie Andrews took the Woods Stage at Pickathon just outside Portland, Ore. It was an unusual set for the Seattle-based singer, whose easy-going performance was juxtaposed with a general sense of unease in the crowd, as the region was then in the midst of a record-setting heat wave and one of the worst wildfire seasons in recent memory.

Luckily, the fire smoke had yet to reach the festival grounds at Pendarvis Farm, and the trees overlooking the Woods Stage offered plenty of cooling shade from the sweltering heat. So by the time Andrews launched into her closing song, a beautiful '70s country-folk revival tune called "Irene," any feeling of anxiety in the crowd had long since passed. Andrews' soothing voice probably didn't hurt, either.

Every month this year opbmusic and NPR Music will present another episode from the Pickathon Woods Stage. These videos are hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances captured at Pickathon. Look for the next premiere in late December.

The Pickathon Woods Series was made possible by support from Klean Kanteen.

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Confronting Apu

Hari Kondabolu, comedian, actor, and host of the podcast “Politically Re-Active,” and Michael Melamedoff, director, discuss their new documentary The Problem with Apu, where he confronts his cartoon nemesis and minority representation in the media. 

Impeachment Proceedings against President Robert Mugabe Begin
Thousands of people have joined mass protests against Mugabe outside the Zimbabwean parliament, and we hear from the daughter of his likely successor. Also: Is there still hope for the missing Argentine submarine? And how some religious marriages in Britain are not legally recognised.
Brooke Gets Mindful

If you find yourself fuming at the Thanksgiving table this week when the conversation turns political, rather than losing your cool in front of your friends and family, consider pausing and taking a deep breath. According to Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, so much of the tribalism and animosity that fuels our political moment could be mitigated if more Americans adopted mindfulness techniques. In this podcast extra, Brooke speaks with Wright about how living a mindful life can make us savvier, saner news consumers and help us avoid outrage fatigue.

NYC Congressmembers Nadler and Jeffries Square Off with Jeff Sessions

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10), and Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (NY-8), talk about their work on the House Judiciary Committee and the recent testimony by Jeff Sessions, the Russia investigations, plus the GOP tax bill that passed the House.

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Mugabe Impeachment Proceedings Begin
Zimbabwe's parliament begins impeaching President Mugabe as protests mount in the capital Harare. Also in the programme: Syria's new realities and Islamic extremism in Uzbekistan. (Photo: A protestor holds a portrait of Zimbabwean opposition and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai outside the Zimbabwean parliament. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Whatever Happened to Trump's Accusers?

As stories of sexual assault and harassment by powerful men sweep through the news, Jia Tolentino, contributing writer for newyorker.com, discusses the many accusations women have made against President Trump, and how their stories fit into this #MeToo era.

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