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9:39 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Wacky Wrestlers Of Yesteryear

Two men smelt wrestling at the Smelt Carnival in Marinette, Wisc in 1939.
Wisconsin Historical Society

Hoodslam – a popular spectacle that is staged monthly in Oakland, Calif. – is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "part wrestling show, part carnival act and all comedy."

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Foreign Guesthouse Reportedly Attacked In Kabul's Diplomatic Area

A closed circuit security camera shows Afghan security forces responding to an attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.
AP

Police in Afghanistan have confirmed that a foreign compound is under attack in the capital, Kabul, as explosions and gunfire can be heard.

NPR's Sean Carberry, reporting from the Afghan capital, says the gunfire and blasts could be heard in the city's diplomatic area.

As The Associated Press notes: "Kabul has come under regular attack in recent weeks. Earlier Thursday, a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing a British national."

Reuters, quoting a local military commander, reports that the blast was the result of a car bomb.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Thu November 27, 2014

OPEC Holds Production Steady, Signaling Lower Fuel Prices

The lowest gas prices in years are seen Wednesday on a fuel sign in Lawrence, Kan. A day later, OPEC decided to maintain current production levels, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the pump.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:37 am

OPEC oil ministers have agreed to keep production levels steady, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the gas pump and lower costs for jet fuel that could translate into cheaper air-ticket prices.

After the decision was announced, crude prices quickly tumbled on the global market. Brent crude droped more than $6 to $71.25 a barrel.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Thu November 27, 2014

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

The Ferguson Public Library.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:09 am

The Ferguson Public Library is just a block away from the center of demonstrations at the Ferguson Police Department. As we've reported, when violent protests this week led to the burning of more than a dozen businesses and the uncertainty caused schools to close, the library stayed open.

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Holiday Travel Snarls Look To Be Easing

Morgan Griffin, 20 (left), and his brother, Eric Crandell, 12, browse their mobile devices as they wait to board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train bound for Santa Barbara, Calif., at Union Station in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Snow and rain in the East snarled holiday travel, but by Thanksgiving Day, things looked to be improving.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:00 am

The weather is still wreaking havoc for Americans still traveling today in planes, trains and automobiles, but for the most part, the situation has improved dramatically as people crisscross the country making their way to Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends.

AAA estimates that 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles to attend Thanksgiving festivities — the most in seven years.

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Shots - Health News
7:03 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 8:19 am

Somehow we're squeezing 16 people into our apartment for Thanksgiving this year, with relatives ranging in age from my 30-year-old nephew to my 90-year-old mother. I love them all, but in a way the one I know best is the middle-aged man across the table whose blue eyes look just like mine: my younger brother Paul.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

Author P.D. James, whose publisher says died at age 94.
Ulla Montan AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:32 am

British mystery and crime novelist P.D. James, whose best-known works featured poet and Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh as a protagonist, has died at age 94, her publisher says.

Phyllis Dorothy James, a baroness and award-winning writer of such books as Shroud for a Nightingale, The Black Tower and The Murder Room, was born in Oxford began writing in her late 30s and published her first novel, Cover Her Face, in 1962.

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The Salt
5:03 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

A 40-pound tom turkey flaps his wing as Chris Conley carries him to a pen at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., on Friday. The farm raises approximately 20,000 broad-breasted white turkeys per year.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:19 am

Many Americans will be sitting down Thursday to a wonderfully meaty, broad-breasted white turkey that grew to maturity in a remarkably short period: just 136 days, on average.

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Europe
4:15 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Unknowingly, British Farmer Uses Priceless Dagger As Doorstop

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 5:07 am

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Europe
4:15 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Passengers Push Plane In Below Freezing Weather

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 4:25 am

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Around the Nation
3:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Marine Sgt. Kelly Brown Trains For Front-Line Combat Role

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:10 am

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NPR Story
2:42 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 5:07 am

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NPR Story
2:42 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Shakespeare Folio Found In Small-Town French Library

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:10 am

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NPR Story
2:42 am
Thu November 27, 2014

3 NFL Games On Tap To Satisfy Thanksgiving Football Fans

iStock

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:44 am

There are three traditional Fs that highlight the Thanksgiving holiday: family, food and football. Today's three NFL games are each between division rivals, and all the teams are battling for a playoff spot.

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Code Switch
1:51 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Stories Of Your First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

We don't endorse using a trident to carve your turkey.
floodllama Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 8:37 am

This past week, we called for stories about your first Thanksgiving in the United States. Who'd you spend it with? Where were you coming from? What'd you eat? What'd you think of it? we wondered.

And many of the stories we heard from you were about food: You had issues roasting the turkey properly. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird golden-brown. You ate a lot of different alternative Thanksgiving meals. Your stories were goofy and weird, but most of them made us smile. Here are some of them:

Leticia Ortiz

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The Two-Way
11:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

In Ferguson And Across The Country, Protests Are More Subdued

Snow falls Wednesday night as Missouri National Guard members stand outside of the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:22 am

Protests of Mondays grand jury decision were dampened somewhat on Wednesday night — particularly in Ferguson, Mo., where only a few dozen protesters braved the snow to demonstrate.

NPR's Elise Hu says things were fairly subdued there.

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The Two-Way
10:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

The US Capitol building as seen from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

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Business
4:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Jacksonville Split Over Joining A Southern Port Dredging Frenzy

Vince Cameron has worked the docks at the Port of Jacksonville for more than three decades. If the city doesn't deepen the port, he says, a new breed of massive cargo ship will instead go to Savannah, Ga., or Charleston, S.C.
Peter Haden WJCT News

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:01 pm

Vince Cameron knows all the people buzzing around the Port of Jacksonville in their bright blaze vests. "My dad was a longshoreman for 44 years on these docks before he retired," he says. "I'm a child of this port."

In his hard hat and with a whistle around his neck, Cameron looks on as a weathered Horizon Lines freighter pulls in from Puerto Rico.

The ship is "a baby in the whole scheme of things," says Cameron, president of the local longshoreman's union. "It's a good ship ... but she's kinda slow and she uses diesel fuel. I mean, she drinks it like water."

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Code Switch
3:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

How Ferguson Residents Are Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

Karen Gold paints on a boarded window of her store in Ferguson, Mo.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:39 pm

The kickoff to the holiday season in St. Louis has been overshadowed by unrest following the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. And for some residents of Ferguson, the meaning of this year's Thanksgiving — amid the anger, hostility and unresolved issues — is hazy.

The Schnucks grocery store is pretty busy on this cold, gray Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Michael Howell, a local musician picking up a few staples, says he just wants to relax at home and have a little turkey. Howell's home is right near a string of looted and burned businesses.

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From Our Listeners
3:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Gravy And Gallstones: Your Memorable Thanksgiving Grace Moments

Kids (and Grandpa) can inject the humor needed to make a Thanksgiving memorable.
H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 9:45 am

For many people on Thanksgiving, the moment may come when all the drama and noise of the week dies down. The meal is on at the table, and everyone has pulled up their chairs. Some take it as a moment to say grace.

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Parallels
3:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Two Men's Efforts To Help Migrants In Mexico End In Their Murders

Two years ago, Honduran Wilson Castro was one of countless migrants trying to make his way to the United States. He decided to stay in Mexico instead and help Adrian Rodriguez Garcia feed other migrants traveling through by train. The two men were murdered recently in Huehuetoca, Mexico.
Carrie Kahn

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:29 pm

This is the story of the murder of two aid workers in Mexico. The men fed Central American migrants traveling north through Mexico on a freight train that stopped near their home.

They were critical of both corrupt police, who abused and extorted the migrants, as well as the organized crime gangs that kidnapped and robbed them.

It wasn't hard to find the two men — they were never far from the train tracks — but there were no witnesses to their deaths, and police won't comment about the case. The double homicide didn't even get a mention in the local press.

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Around the Nation
3:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:39 pm

On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill. But he was deemed fit to stand trial, and he was allowed to defend himself, dressing in a cowboy costume in court, insisting he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

Over the course of the last two decades — and many appeals — his case has gained national attention, and it has shone a spotlight on capital punishment and mental illness.

A Diagnosis

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Music Interviews
2:05 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

The Kinks in 1970.
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:42 pm

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The Salt
1:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Why American Honey Importers Are Wary Of 'Turkish' Honey

An apiary on the outskirts of Chengdu, China, produces about 440 pounds of honey a day. American honey importers say they suspect the uptick in honey coming from Turkey actually originated in China.
Liu Jin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:38 pm

Turkey is a land of fine honey. Bees produce more of the sweet stuff in Turkey than in any other country except China. And Turkish consumers happily eat most of it themselves. Very little Turkish honey is exported. When it is, it usually commands premium prices.

But some American honey producers say they've observed something odd: cheap Turkish honey headed to the U.S. The U.S. producers think it's not really Turkish honey — and that it actually comes from a country farther to the east.

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Code Switch
1:11 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

A crowd rallies to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Sid Hastings AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 2:29 pm

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant."

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NPR Story
12:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Cleveland Releases Video Of Boy Shot By Officer

Authorities in Cleveland have released surveillance video of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old African-American boy on Saturday night, after a 9-1-1 caller said he might have a gun.

It turned out that Tamir Rice had a BB gun, but reportedly, the police officer who shot the boy did not know that.

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NPR Story
12:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

New Words From The American Heritage Dictionaries

The Vietnamese sandwich referred to as bánh mì is one of the latest additions to the American Heritage Dictionary. (Trevor Pritchard/Flickr)

The American Heritage Dictionaries added over 500 new words to the fifth edition of its dictionary of the English language, including food words like banh mi, halloumi and mochi, as well as terms like

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NPR Story
12:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Chicago Parishioners Each Given $500 To 'Do Good'

Laura Truax is the pastor at Chicago's LaSalle Street Church. (Courtesy of Laura Truax)

Congregants at Chicago’s LaSalle Street Church were surprised on a recent Sunday by an announcement by their pastor. Each of them would be receiving $500 and the only criteria for spending it was to use it to “do good.”

Congregants at first sat in silence, unable to believe what they had just heard. And then, many burst into tears. The money was part of a surprise $1.6 million windfall that came to the small non-denominational church when property it had invested in 40 years ago was sold.

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson Documents: What Michael Brown's Friend Saw

Dorian Johnson leaves Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at the end of the funeral service for his friend Michael Brown in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 1:14 pm

Over the past couple of days, we've been reading through the trove of documents released by the prosecutor in the matter of Michael Brown.

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It's All Politics
12:05 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Stent Implant

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her court chamber, in July.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:55 pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked right coronary artery, but she was expected to be back on the bench when the court reconvenes on Monday.

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