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First Edition Oct 6: Dissecting Terrorism and Mass Shootings; Baltimore Public Housing Reform

In terms of terrorism in the U.S., are radicalized Muslims or white supremacists the greater threat? Sean Yoes brings a panel on First Edition to discuss a New York Times report that posits that since 9/11, white supremacists have posed a greater threat than jihadists. Then: how will public housing policy be reformed in the wake of what has been dubbed the ‘Sex for Service Scandal'? The phone lines are open to get thoughts of listeners.
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We've talked about the novel The Martian on the show a couple of times before, so we rushed out this week to see the new movie (or in my case, to see the movie one more time after Toronto). We talk with our Space Movie And Ronda Rousey And Road House Correspondent Chris Klimek about Matt Damon, Drew Goddard, Ridley Scott, love of science, race and casting, and lots more.

North Charleston, S.C., has reached a settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot in the back and killed by a white police officer in April

At about 2 a.m. on October 3, Afghanistan time, medical staff and patients at the Medicins Sans Frontiere hospital in Kunduz heard the sounds of bombing, louder and closer than they'd heard before. By the time it was over, at least 12 medical workers and 7 patients were dead and the hospital was in flames.

When a family member of mine was dying of cancer, her husband's boss told him to take all the time he needed to care for her. She was granted her wish of being at home when she left this earth, surrounded by those she loved most.

But a wide base of support is needed in order for a patient's wish to die at home to be made real – including, in some cases, whether someone can take time off work to be with their loved one in their final days, a study finds.

The United States is overhauling a program that intended to train moderate Syrian rebel fighters.

As we've reported, the $500 million program, which sought to train 5,400 fighters, has failed. At last count, the U.S. said it had been able to train only about 60 fighters.

Artists don't usually tell long, rambling stories at the Tiny Desk, and if they do, those stories don't usually make the final cut. But this one felt different. It was about the time Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, a young black man, says he was stopped by New Orleans police late at night for no reason other than to harass and intimidate him. And how his pride almost made him do something ill-advised about it.

On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin' On

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Ken Nickerson could have retired from his job as a professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln 10 years ago, when he turned 62.

He could have retired five years ago, when the university offered faculty a year's salary to step down as part of a buyout to encourage more of them to leave.

He could have retired last year, when, in yet another buyout offer, administrators dangled the equivalent of 90 percent of one full year's salary in front of faculty who would finally agree to go.

But Nickerson stayed.

Officials at Northern Arizona University say a suspect is in custody following a shooting at the campus of the Flagstaff school in the early hours of Friday morning. One person was killed; three other victims are in the hospital.

"The first call of shots fired came in at 1:20 a.m.," the school says via Facebook. It adds that the campus is not on lockdown.

All of the victims are students; some were shot multiple times, police say.

Update at 9:30 a.m. ET: Fraternity Says Its Members Were Involved

'Secret Chord' Sings A New Song About An Ancient Hero

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Two kinds of readers might exult over Geraldine Brooks's biblical epic about the life of King David, The Secret Chord. The first can cite chapter and verse of the Good Book. The second craves the resonance of the best historical fiction. Both will relish this new novel, which brings alive the Old Testament world of a thousand years before the Christian era.

National Dialogue Quartet, a group that helped preserve Tunisia's dreams of democracy in 2013, has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, with the Nobel Prize Committee citing its "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia."

"We are here to give hope to young people in Tunisia, that if we believe in our country, we can succeed," said Ouided Bouchamaoui, president of The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, a group that's part of the Quartet.


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Watch Kamasi Washington as he sits down with the Bassman on the Cool Jazz Countdown

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington sits down with Marcellus Bassman Shepard on the Cool Jazz Countdown to talk about his CD "The Epic".
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October CD: Positraction

Well put your “slippery earls” on for this one. All month long we will be grooving to the sounds of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, the Toronto based Canadian duo better known as Four80East.
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The Baltimore Blend Remembers the Late Wilton Felder

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