How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

Impeachment Roundup; Presidential Primary Debate Recap; Prince Andrew Steps Back From Public Duties

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Plus, is the U.S. shale boom going bust?
by Jill Hudson and Korva Coleman

First Up

Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council staff, arrives to review transcripts of her deposition on Nov. 4. She is testifying publicly on Thursday.
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Here's what we're following today.

House Democrats are closing their second week of public impeachment hearings Thursday with testimony from two witnesses: Fiona Hill, the well-known Russia expert who served until this summer as a top director on the National Security Council; and foreign service officer David Holmes, the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

Ten Democratic presidential contenders debated in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Here are five things that stood out. 

A federal judge has blocked the U.S. government's plan to begin executing prisoners for the first time in nearly 20 years. Executions had been set to resume next month. 

Britain's Prince Andrew announced Wednesday that he is stepping back from his public duties amid renewed scrutiny of his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew now says he is willing to cooperate with any law enforcement agencies that would like to question him about his association with Epstein.

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Impeachment Recap

Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, departs for a short break while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
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Ambassador Gordon Sondland stunned many in his testimony on Wednesday, declaring that President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were well aware of developments in the Ukraine affair. 

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to constitutional scholars Kim Wehle and Jonathan Turley about the legal implications of Ambassador Sondland's public testimony in the House impeachment inquiry. Click here to listen to the interview. 

Today's Listen

As oil prices drop, is the U.S. shale boom going bust?
Oil prices are down amid weak demand, and investors no longer seem willing to write the industry a blank check.
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The boom that helped make the U.S. the world's largest oil producer could be ending. Oil prices are down amid weak demand and investors no longer seem willing to write the industry a blank check. (Listening time, 3:59)
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The Picture Show

The shifting culture of the U.S.-Canada border community.
Richard Ross (right), patrol agent in charge of the U.S. Border Patrol's Newport Station, greets a Canadian Border agent at the Beebe, Quebec, and Beebe Plain, Vt., crossing.
Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for NPR

While the southern border gets all the attention with President Trump's massive wall and the backlog of desperate asylum seekers stuck in Mexico, things are tense on the northern border with Canada, as well. The number of illegal crossers is on the rise. And residents complain that heightened security has changed the character of the once-neighborly frontier.

Before You Go

"The way the public feels about Tom Hanks has a similar quality to how we feel about Mister Rogers," says director Marielle Heller. But she found that Hanks and Rogers had a very different energy.
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