Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis, and it was poised to become a manufacturing giant because of its unique geography. As industry grew, so did an infrastructure of freeways that connects the ports to the eastern reaches of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, where factories had the space to expand. John Francis Peters for NPR hide caption

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape

What Gets Made In LA Is Way More Than Movies

The LA area is home to the most manufacturing jobs in the U.S., from clothes to metal parts to new aerospace tech. Companies have reinvented themselves, even as they struggle to find skilled workers.

Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956, when she was among several others charged with violating segregation laws. Gene Herrick/AP hide caption

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In Montgomery, Rosa Parks' Story Offers A History Lesson For Police

Sixty years ago Tuesday, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Recruits in Montgomery, Ala., are learning about Parks in a course aimed at eliminating bias in policing.

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Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement (In The Form Of A Poem)

The five-time NBA champion, who has had a rough year on the court, says this season will be his last. In a poem on the Players' Tribune website, he writes, "My body knows it's time to say goodbye."

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Alaska Ships A Capitol Christmas Tree With All Of The Trimmings

This year's Capitol Christmas Tree is the first tree to travel by boat, braving 50-foot waves and journeying more than 3,400 miles from Alaska to Washington, D.C. The tree will be lit on Dec. 2.

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Music Interviews

A Picture Of Janis Joplin, In Shades Of 'Blue'

Michel Martin speaks with documentary filmmaker Amy Berg about her new film, Janis: Little Girl Blue, which chronicles the life and early death of the 1960s counterculture icon.

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Can I Just Tell You?

When In Pursuit Of Positive Change, Better Drop The 'Why Me'

NPR's Michel Martin wonders: Why do so many of America's would-be leaders — from across the political spectrum — speak in the language of resentment rather than opportunity?

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Young American Muslims Face Pressure, Are Optimistic Of Increasing Tolerance

Many Muslims feel pressure – sometimes a responsibility — to defend their faith when there's an attack carried out in the name of Islam. Young American Muslims share how they handle the scrutiny.

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