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History
10:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

NPR producer Olly Dearden is a fan of most classic Thanksgiving dishes, but calls sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows a "culinary abomination."
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Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:28 pm

Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. Disgusted by the thought of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and confused by the pardoning of turkeys who've committed no crimes, Dearden talked with several experts in the field, and got some answers to his questions.

When was the first Thanksgiving?

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Sunday Puzzle
8:39 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Sunday Puzzle
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Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:56 am

NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for this week's puzzle will be on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

On-air challenge: You'll be given two words. Change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category. For example, given "soxer," and "legal," you would say "boxer," and "beagle," which are both breeds of dogs.

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Race
7:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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Middle East
7:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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History
7:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

The Day The Niagara Stopped Falling

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:01 am

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Goats and Soda
11:59 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Google Asks Users To Help Fight Ebola — And They Answer With Cash

Google CEO Larry Page.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:26 pm

When you think philanthropy, Facebook and Google don't usually come to mind.

But maybe in your travels across the Internet this week, you notice that both companies placed banners ads on their pages asking you to help end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Google pledged to match every dollar donated by its users with $2. The company has already reached its limit of $7.5 million — $5 million from Google and $2.5 million from donors.

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Color Decoded: Stories That Span The Spectrum
10:31 am
Sun November 16, 2014

For One Artist, Colorblindness Opened Up A World Of Black And White

Milton's Mary's Turn also features Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas paintings hanging on the wall. Click here for a closer look.
Courtesy of Peter Milton

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 2:35 pm

In 1962, Pop Art was taking off in a frenzy of color: Andy Warhol debuted the Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's soup can silkscreens that would revolutionize the art world, and Roy Lichtenstein was at work on his giant paintings in the mode of comic strips. That same year, artist Peter Milton, then 32, went to get his eyes tested.

At the time, Milton was teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and he'd had a show of some of his paintings. "It got reviewed, and someone referred to how warm and sort of pinky the landscapes were," he says, "and I was horrified."

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Environment
9:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:25 pm

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Digital Life
9:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Why Women Get The Worst Of Internet Bullying

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:49 am

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Television
8:07 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Jacobson And Glazer Take 'Broad City' On The Road

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:25 pm

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NPR Story
8:07 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Words Fail When It Comes To Aromas

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:25 pm

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NPR Story
8:07 am
Sun November 16, 2014

The Case For — And Against — Gambling On NBA Games

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:25 pm

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Iraq
12:24 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Ill-Equipped And Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Hold ISIS At Bay

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter hold his position in the mountains east of Mosul.
Jim Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:44 am

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Mughdeed sits in a pickup truck equipped with an anti-aircraft weapon as he and his men wind through steep roads to their base in the rocky Zartik Mountains.

Mughdeed's Iraqi Kurdish forces are members of the Peshmerga, a key U.S. ally in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Also known as ISIS, the Sunni extremists have taken control of about a third of Iraq. In October, Mughdeed's men retook this area east of Mosul from ISIS occupation.

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The Salt
11:24 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Le Laboratoire Cambridge features a restaurant, the Cafe ArtScience. The restaurant's bar features a glass-globed drink vaporizer called Le Whaf.
Andrea Shea WBUR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:31 pm

David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka. The biomedical engineer has developed, among other things, inhalable chocolate, ice cream spheres in edible wrappers, and a device called the "oPhone," which can transmit and receive odors.

Edwards is based at Harvard, but much of his work has been done in Paris, at a facility he calls Le Laboratoire. Now he's opened a similar "culture lab" closer to home: Le Laboratoire Cambridge in Cambridge, Mass.

Cultural Research And Development

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History
10:19 am
Sun November 9, 2014

How Mr. Hasselhoff Tore Down This Wall

Actor David Hasselhoff returned to Berlin in 2013, this time to save the Wall — what's left of it.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — the event that symbolically brought a dramatic end to communism in Eastern Europe.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:03 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Making Ends Meet

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:26 pm

On-air challenge: Given a category, name something whose first two letters are the first and last letters of the category. For example, given "Animal," you would say "Alligator" or "Alpaca."

Last week's challenge, from listener Sandy Weisz of Chicago: Write down the following four times: 3:00, 6:00, 12:55 and 4:07. These are the only times on a clock that share a certain property (without repeating oneself). What property is this?

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Iraq
7:49 am
Sun November 9, 2014

What The Military Learned From The Battle For Fallujah

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

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Europe
7:49 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Defiant Catalans Push Forward With Independence Vote

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 12:13 pm

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Middle East
12:50 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

After Acid Attacks And Execution, Iran Defends Human Rights Record

Iranians protest in Isfahan, Iran, last month in solidarity with women injured in a series of acid attacks. Several women have been attacked by assailants on motorcycles who threw acid on their faces, purportedly because they were "badly veiled."
Arya Jafari AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 3:04 pm

Iranian officials attacked the latest United Nations report on its human rights record Friday, blasting what they called efforts to impose a Western lifestyle on the Islamic republic.

But for Iranians and others who hoped President Hassan Rouhani would begin to turn around his county's human rights record, the U.N. report provided a depressing but not surprising answer. It said executions in Rouhani's first year in office had increased to what U.N. Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed called "alarming" levels.

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Humans
10:27 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate

Daylight Saving Time is so last month. Some people can't wait for this kind of weather.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

You know what today is, right?

That whole Daylight Saving thing is over, which means it gets darker earlier.

For a lot of people that might be a downer. You get home from work and it's pitch black outside. Maybe you skip that run because it just feels too cold and dark. Then you feel bad because you skipped your run, and you open a bottle of whiskey instead.

Ok, we're getting carried away, but you get the point. Some people are SAD in the winter months — literally SAD — they have seasonal affective disorder. They'd much rather frolic in the summer sun.

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Sports
10:04 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Some NBA Teams Are Bad, And Some Are Just Awful

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Sunday Puzzle
8:34 am
Sun November 2, 2014

What's In A Name? A Country, Apparently

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 10:04 am

On-air challenge: A series of names of famous people will be given. For each name, change either the first or last letter of the last name to a new letter, and rearrange the result to name a country.

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from listener Mike Reiss, who's a writer for The Simpsons. Name a well-known TV actress of the past. Put an R between her first and last names. Then read the result backward. The result will be an order Dr. Frankenstein might give to Igor. Who is the actress, and what is the order?

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Music
7:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Latin Music Celebrates Lives For Day Of The Dead

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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Strange News
7:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Human Impersonates A Help Desk Robot

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 10:04 am

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Movie Interviews
7:46 am
Sun November 2, 2014

'Our Secret Life': Watching The Quirky Criterion Classics

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 10:04 am

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Around the Nation
12:29 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan

Construction workers lift an oak tree to move it to the other side of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Austin Thomason Michigan Photography

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:42 am

For as many as 250 years, a bur oak has been growing on what is now the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The big tree stands in the way of an expansion of the Ross Business School.

But instead of cutting it down, the university is moving the tree. It's not easy, it's not cheap, and it's definitely not fast.

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Shots - Health News
12:13 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

The Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium's goal is to raise plants that meet the quality standards demanded by clinical practitioners.
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment.

Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Va., is surrounded by miles of mountains, forests and farmland.

Outside the building, small plots of Chinese medicinal herbs grow on terraced slopes.

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Commentary
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And this...

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS FILMS)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I'm going to tell you something, mister, and I want you to remember it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Now you listen to me.

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Health
10:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 10:27 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 752.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,846.

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NPR Story
10:10 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Sting's 'Last Ship' Explores His Shipyard Youth

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 4:38 pm

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Long before he was Sting, he was Gordon Sumner, a kid from northern England where the shipyard loomed large over his life and everyone else's.

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