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This January, WNIJ will introduce a new program called 1A, hosted by Joshua Johnson. This live, call-in talk show will air weekdays after Morning Edition.

Johnson says the program will take "an unflinching look at America," addressing race, gender, class and other issues that divide people.

But he says it will provide a safe place to do so. For Johnson, frank discussion of difficult topics requires a forum where all views are respected.

Long-time NPR journalist Guy Raz is best known as host of the TED Radio Hour.  His latest project is a podcast examining the people behind famous companies and brands. 

Raz says the idea for How I Built This came from digging into what he considers a renaissance of American creativity. 

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  Courtney Griffin was addicted to heroin and ready to get help. She packed up her things and her mom drove her to a residential treatment facility about an hour from their home in New Hampshire. There was a bed waiting for her.

But unfortunately, that's not where her story ends. 90 minutes after they arrived, Pamela Griffin said her daughter was back in the waiting room, shaking her head. Their health insurance company declined to cover the treatment.

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The man who steered NPR through its worst financial crisis has died.

Former WILL General Manager and NPR board chair Donald Mullally led a restructuring of the public radio system and helped build the modern NPR.

Mullally came to the University of Illinois to teach. He taught communications courses on and off throughout his three decades at U of I.

But, because of his background in commercial television, Mullally was recruited to head WILL.

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Carl Kasell is retiring from "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" and moves into his new role as Scorekeeper Emeritus of the NPR news quiz.