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A massive stone building with a big eagle insignia on the front belongs to the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. Israelis and Palestinians come here to apply for visas. It looks like an embassy. But it isn't. No U.S. administration has ever officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Yet on the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to do so, and to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from its current location in Tel Aviv. Israeli-American Eliezer Shapiro, at the consulate to renew...

Election night was complicated for Azra Baig. She's a school board member in suburban South Brunswick, N.J. Baig was running for reelection this fall. She had just put out yard signs with her name on them when a friend from her mosque called. "Someone wrote 'ISIS sympathizer' on the sign," Baig says. That caught Baig by surprise. She's the only Muslim on the school board. But there's a sizable Muslim population in South Brunswick and the surrounding towns. And this didn't just happen once or...

Poland elected a right-wing, populist government last year. And Polish leaders have voiced anti-globalization and anti-abortion themes that are not so different from those embraced by the Trump campaign. The ruling Law and Justice Party has vowed to restore and protect traditional Polish identity and values. But even Poles on the right of the political spectrum have concerns about Trump and what they perceive as his cozy relationship with Russia. They say Russia can't be trusted and are...

In Bernie Sanders' new book, Our Revolution , the Vermont senator tells the story of his life, his career and his run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He also spells out the programs he believes the country should adopt to combat such ills as inequality, discrimination and lack of opportunity, not to mention the burdens of college and health care costs. Sanders says he was not shocked by Donald Trump's victory. But he says the election results show it is time for the Democratic...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: President Obama had a message today for President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming administration. Now comes the hard part. Obama took questions from reporters for the first time since the election. He suggested that despite their policy differences, there might be more continuity than many people expect when Trump moves into the White House. NPR's Scott Horsley is with us now to talk about that. Hi, Scott....

Journalist Gwen Ifill: In Her Own Words

Nov 14, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: One of the first things President Obama did at his press conference today was pay tribute to "PBS NewsHour" anchor Gwen Ifill, who died today at the age of 61. The president said Gwen did her country a great service. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Gwen Ifill will be remembered as a journalist who broke barriers and as a friend and colleague to many of us in public media. MCEVERS: In 1999, she became the first African...

Federal law says anyone who works for the executive branch of the government has to avoid conflicts of interest. The Treasury secretary cannot own stock in a big bank, for instance. And Richard Painter, who served as ethics adviser under President George W. Bush, says different administrations have typically been scrupulous about following the law. "Whenever anyone was even considering a position that would be appointed by the president, I would discuss with that person the need to sell off...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And I alluded to this earlier, but since Donald Trump's election last Tuesday, there have been many reports of threats and other types of harassment aimed at minorities around the country. NPR's Eyder Peralta tells us more about that, and also about calls for dialogue. EYDER PERALTA, BYLINE: The ugliness has been on full display on social media channels. Here's one video taken on a metro train in the San...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Let's take a few minutes now to check in with a close adviser to Donald Trump on matters of policy. Thomas J. Barrack Jr. is founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital. That's a real estate investment firm based in Los Angeles. He's been a member of the inner circle of Donald Trump's economic advisers during the campaign. Barrack has experience in government, having served as deputy undersecretary of the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: More on international reaction now. Over the past several years, U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated. But President-elect Trump and President Vladimir Putin say they are hoping to forge stronger ties. And that worries some of Russia's neighbors. Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are all NATO members, and they are nervous about Trump's criticisms of NATO, especially as Russia seeks to weaken that...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR . MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Finally today, we want to close this hour by talking about how we are going to move forward, how to start mending the divisions between us since the election. So we turn to someone whose job it is to help build bridges. He's Richard Harwood. He is the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. For nearly 30 years, he's traveled around the country to help communities solve problems together. He joins...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR . MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld leader of Ohev Shalom the National Synagogue here in Washington, D.C. We spoke with him earlier this year when he protested Donald Trump peacefully at a meeting of AIPAC earlier this year. He's been communicating with his congregation since the election, so we invited him to our studios here in Washington, D.C., to ask him what guidance he's been sharing with his congregation. I want to point out that we...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR . MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Media was such a big part of the conversation during this election, we thought one person you might want to hear is NPR's news chief Michael Oreskes. He spoke with us several times over the course of the year along with other editors to discuss how news executives were directing their coverage during this remarkable and challenging election. So we asked him to offer his thoughts on the role of media as we move forward. MICHAEL...

For 130 years, the hulking Bethlehem Steel Mill dominated the economy of eastern Pennsylvania's Northampton County, providing jobs for generations of residents. Today, it's been replaced by a Sands Casino. "It was thousands of jobs. The entire south side of Bethlehem was built for the residents, the employees of Bethlehem Steel. Now it's nothing," says county resident Keith Hornik, who works at his family's construction company. To Hornik and others, there's a direct line between the closure...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qrinhNnOM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTtrnDbOQAU Solange Knowles ' newest album, A Seat At The Table , is her most commercially successful yet — it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts last month. It's also her most political. On the record, Solange explores what it means to be black in America today. The songs in this album celebrate black culture, confront prejudice and explore the trauma of witnessing black people killed. This is Solange's most personal...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: This is Veterans Day 15 years into the war in Afghanistan. Though it is now the longest war in American history, it's one that few Americans have experienced firsthand. That makes for a growing gap between military families and other Americans. To bridge that gap, singer-songwriter Becky Warren put the experiences that she knows well into a new album. She talked about it with NPR's Quil Lawrence. QUIL LAWRENCE,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HALLELUJAH") LEONARD COHEN: (Singing) Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah... CORNISH: Cohen was known for his deep voice and deeply personal music. He also published works of poetry and drawings. Joining us to talk about Cohen and his legacy is Sylvie Simmons. She's the author of a biography of Leonard Cohen called "I'm Your Man."...

The election of Donald Trump has sent shock waves through civil rights organizations, including among LGBT activists. They say they fear a rollback in the progress their movement made during the Obama administration. Meanwhile, opponents of gay and lesbian rights also see a shift coming with the Trump administration. For the past several years, conservatives in the culture wars — those who have felt that their views on same-sex marriage, for example, were under attack — now say they have...

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who's already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There . Sarah Weeldreyer, 37, is a stay-at-home-mom with two kids, has been married for 11 years, and is going through a divorce. But she's not looking for a fight. "There's this expectation that you want to hurt this other person, that you...

In 2016, the polls got it wrong. They failed to predict that Donald Trump was winning key battleground states. But a startup in San Francisco says it spotted it well in advance, not because of the "enthusiasm gap" — Republicans turning out and Democrats staying at home. Instead, the startup Brigade 's data pointed to a big crossover effect: Democrats voting for Trump in droves. The company built an app that asks a simple question: Which candidate are you going to vote for? It's like what...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: And now a view from some African-Americans in conservative South Carolina. NPR's Debbie Elliott spoke with voters trying to make sense of the election. DEBBIE ELLIOT, BYLINE: Ernestyne Adams welcomes Sammie Tucker, Jr., to her home in Camden, S.C., a small town just outside the state capitol, Columbia. ERNESTYNE ADAMS: Hey, there. SAMMIE TUCKER, JR: Good morning. Good morning. ADAMS: How are you, young man?...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The people who help Donald Trump become the next president of the United States showed a mix of enthusiasm and hope today. We asked some of them around the country about how they feel and what they expect. JIM BOYLE: I'm just so happy that he won, and he's going to save our country and in the process probably save the world. You know, he's going to create jobs, going to have law and order. He's going to fix this...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The Affordable Care Act isn't the only piece of President Obama's legacy that could be undone when Donald Trump takes office. The president-elect has vowed to roll back much of what Obama's tried to do both domestically and in foreign policy over the last eight years. And with a friendly Republican Congress, Trump could have a free hand to do just that. Nevertheless the president struck a conciliatory tone as he...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: We're also joined now by NPR's Rachel Martin. She'll be hosting our election night special with us which begins in just about 10 minutes. Rachel, welcome. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Hey, Rachel. RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: Thanks for having me - getting settled for a long night. SIEGEL: OK. CORNISH: We're also going to check in with the presidential campaigns. NPR's Sarah McCammon is spending election night at the Hilton...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Next we go to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker. He's chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Welcome to the program, Senator. ROGER WICKER: Thank you, and it's great to be with you. CORNISH: Now, you endorsed Donald Trump in May, but many of your colleagues have been slow or even failed to endorse him formally. What do you think are going to be the consequences of that? WICKER: Well, I think...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: We are indeed. We're joined by Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri. She's at the Javits Center in New York for tonight's Clinton campaign event. Senator McCaskill, thanks for joining us today. CLAIRE MCCASKILL: Thank you for having me. SIEGEL: Your state, Missouri, was one where in 2008, Barack Obama came very close to winning it. No one - the polls are still open there, but nobody has suggested that...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) DONALD TRUMP: We are going to win the great state of North Carolina. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) HILLARY CLINTON: Hello, Pittsburgh. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) TRUMP: Florida's my second home, a state I love so much. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) CLINTON: It is great to be back in Western Michigan. Thank you. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) TRUMP: Thank you, Pennsylvania. Thank you...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Mel Gibson's last directing project was the human sacrifice film "Apocalypto" in 2006. His new movie "Hacksaw Ridge" is also about human sacrifice. This time, it's in an apocalypse called World War II. Andrew Garfield stars. Gibson is behind the camera. And critic Bob Mondello says they're a pretty effective team. BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: There are formulas to war movies. And for a while, "Hacksaw Ridge" follows one...

For decades, one company has pretty much had the monopoly on TV ratings: Nielsen. But, the way people watch TV is changing. A lot of fans are streaming shows from the Internet — not watching on cable TV. Old-fashioned Nielsen ratings wouldn't show the habits of a family like Kevin Seal's. "We do not follow the appointment viewing, wait-for-the-show-to-come-on-at-a-given-time schedule," says Seal, who lives in San Francisco with his wife and six-year-old son. "We watch a lot of Netflix...

A week away from turning 99 years old, Frances Kolarek has a long view of life and presidential elections. Born in 1917, three years before women won the right to vote, she cast her first presidential vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now, in 2016, she has cast her vote early for Hillary Clinton. "I think she is undoubtedly the most qualified candidate for the presidency that we have seen in my lifetime," she says from her home at the retirement community where she lives, independently,...

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