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Goats and Soda
10:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Somali Aid Worker Would Rather Give Out Cash Than Free Food

Degan Ali, a Somali-American humanitarian, describes herself on Twitter as a "social justice activist, Muslima."
Courtesy of Adeso

In 2011, drought hit Somalia hard, triggering a famine that ultimately killed some 260,000 people. Now, after a poor rainy season, the Food and Agriculture Organization is warning that the country could be on the brink of another famine.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Former CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested today and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
Sonia Recchia Getty Images

Jian Ghomeshi, the former Canadian radio host, was arrested today and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The charges carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

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The Salt
10:37 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

Renee Comet Photography Restaurant Associates and Smithsonian Institution

A version of this story was originally published on Nov. 21, 2012.

Everyone knows the schoolhouse version of the first Thanksgiving story: New England pilgrims came together with Native Americans to share a meal after the harvest. The original menu was something of a joint venture, but over the years, a lot of the traditional dishes have lost their native flavor.

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Shots - Health News
10:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

If High Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

Supreme Court police stand guard during a storm in March.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in three dozen states where the federal government runs the program?

Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are its backbone, as well as the mandate requiring most Americans to carry coverage.

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All Tech Considered
10:31 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Weekly Innovation: A Seat That Fits In Your Pocket

Creator Jonas Lind-Bendixen says he thought of the idea for Sitpack when he was waiting at a concert.
Sitpack

If you're traveling this holiday season, you'll inevitably be doing a lot of standing around.

Whether it's standing in an airport security line or waiting at a crowded gate, it would be nice to take a load off in the midst of the travel rush. Better yet, pulling a "seat" out of your back pocket sounds pretty convenient.

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Parallels
10:23 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Warning For Latin America's Faltering Economies: 'Innovate Or Die'

A woman waits for customers at a street market where she sells shoes in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil and other Latin American economies have prospered by selling commodities and low-tech goods. But now many economies are struggling, and some point to the region's lack of high-tech and other cutting edge industries.
Andre Penner AP

One look at the Brazilian flag and you think: This must be a space-age, high-tech country. That star-spackled orb in the middle glowing like a planetarium. The banner wrapped around it hailing "Order and Progress." Engineers must be rock stars there, right?

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Goats and Soda
10:02 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

On Lumley Beach, after day trippers have headed home, prostitutes look for customers along a 100-yard stretch of road near some of the nicer hotels as well as near the bars and restaurants along the beachfront.
Simon Akam Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:49 am

When a man drives by the strip at Lumley Beach in downtown Freetown at night, he'll probably hear a sharp hiss. That's not an unusual sound in Sierra Leone. Lots of people whistle — to get your attention, to call for the bill at a restaurant, to buy a bottle of water on the street.

But the whistling along a stretch of beachfront road at Lumley Beach has a different purpose. It's the sound prostitutes make, and they've perfected the hiss. That's why they're called serpents.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Has Heart Procedure, Is Resting Comfortably

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:51 am

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, is "resting comfortably" after a heart procedure, the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, 81, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" on Tuesday and was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital. According to the statement, doctors inserted a stent in her right coronary artery to address a blockage.

"She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours," the statement said.

Update at 10:57 a.m. ET. 'Awake And Demanding Work':

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies at an oversight hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23, 2014.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:44 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new rules today to reduce emission levels for smog-causing ozone, which is linked to asthma and other health problems.

The draft measure calls for lowering the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb to 70 ppb. The agency said it would take comments on an ozone level as low as 60 ppb.

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Shots - Health News
7:32 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Patient Safety Journal Finds Violations, Tightens Standards After Scandal

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:09 am

The aftershocks of what some have called the patient safety movement's first scandal continue to reverberate in the medical community, most recently in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

University Of Virginia Apologizes To Student Who Says She Was Gang Raped

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:37 am

The University of Virginia publicly apologized on Tuesday to a student who told Rolling Stone magazine that she was gang raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

As we reported, the magazine's harrowing account led to protests and a university ban on fraternities until January.

Sandy Hausman, of NPR member station WVTF, filed this report for our Newscast Unit:

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Code Switch
6:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

In Ferguson, A Trove Of Evidence — But No Trial

A photo of officer Darren Wilson released as part of evidence shown before the grand jury.
CBS News

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:23 am

On Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered the news that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. And in an unusual move, the announcement was accompanied by the release of an enormous batch of evidence presented to the grand jury — including much-talked-about photos of Wilson, taken after he shot and killed Brown.

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Animals
6:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Dog Keeps Up With Athletes, Gets Adopted

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:51 am

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Around the Nation
6:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Seattle Mayor Pardons Tofurkey

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Messy Winter Storm Snarls Thanksgiving Travel

Travelers make their way through Miami International Airport on Tuesday.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:48 am

A big winter storm spinning its away across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.

The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.

Weather.com reports:

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The Two-Way
3:52 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Calmer Night In Ferguson, Mo., Amid Increased National Guard Presence

Members of the National Guard detain a protester in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. More than 2,000 National Guard troops spread out across the St. Louis area to prevent another night of rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Adrees Latif Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:01 am

Updated at 6:22 a.m.

Police in Ferguson, Mo., made 44 arrests after another night of protests — these much calmer than the unrest that erupted after a grand jury declined Monday to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Many of the protesters say they are angry that Wilson, who is white, was not charged in the shooting of Brown, who was black.

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Viewpoint On Ferguson: People Have To Understand The Other Side

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:32 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Plan For Grand Jury Verdict Lacked Follow-Through, Critics Say

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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NPR Ed
2:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

Woodley Elementary third grade students write their names into newly donated dictionaries at the school.
Eric J. Shelton Hattiesburg American

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

In Taneka Hawkins' classroom, 20 kindergarteners wiggle through a mid-morning dance break, waving their arms and jumping around to a guided dance video. It's busy, to be sure, and a bit crowded.

"The children are so small, and a lot of things that we do have to be so hands on, and it's kind of hard when it is more than 20," Hawkins says. A class size of 15, she adds, would be ideal. "I think we could reach more students with that smaller class size."

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Food
2:14 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes From 'Morning Edition' Listeners

Melissa Lea, or @melilea14, suggests a truce in the age-old sweet potato war.
Melissa Lea

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:10 am

Last week, amateur cook and writer Maureen Evans told us how to tweet a recipe in 140 characters or less and broke down the code from her Twitter cookbook, Eat Tweet. Then we asked listeners to give it a try, and we're compiling some of our favorites:

The Two-Way
11:41 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

People gather outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Tuesday.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:04 am

Updated at 6:54 a.m.

Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.

Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns across America on Tuesday; photos from those scenes show a variety of demonstrators, tactics and responses.

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The Two-Way
8:35 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hong Kong Police Arrest Protest Leaders, More Than 100 Others

Police officers arrest a protester early Wednesday on a street in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong.
Anthony Kwan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:03 am

Police in Hong Kong fired pepper spray and arrested scores of protesters overnight Tuesday into Wednesday as they cleared part of a pro-democracy protest camp, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

The Associated Press put the total number arrested at more than 116, including Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, highly visible student-leaders of the protesters.

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The Two-Way
7:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts

The story of Arthur, a stray who adopted a team of Swedish athletes competing in Ecuador, spread quickly after he refused to be left behind.
Krister Goransson Peak Performance

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:46 am

After a stray dog in Ecuador met a team of Swedish adventure athletes, he grew so attached to the squad that he ran for miles and swam along to keep up with them. Now Arthur the dog is world-famous — and it all started with a meatball.

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The Two-Way
6:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:11 pm

Adding his voice to the mounds of grand jury evidence released Monday night by St. Louis County, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, told his side of the story in an interview Tuesday.

Wilson told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he has "a clean conscience" about the shooting; he also said he's sorry for the loss of life. The shooting led to both violent protests and serious conversations about race and law enforcement.

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The Two-Way
5:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

A local business is boarded up in anticipation of another night of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday. A day after people set fire to buildings in the city, President Obama said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

In a speech in which he said he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also stated, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

The president had been scheduled to speak about immigration policy during his appearance at Chicago's Copernicus Community Center. But he began his remarks by calling for calm in Ferguson, Mo., responding to the fiery unrest that has followed a grand jury's decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown.

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The Salt
4:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

The turkeys at Kate Stillman's farm don't have to be loaded on a trailer and driven hundreds of miles this year. They now meet their ends on the same farm where they lived their lives.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:22 am

It's a busy time of year for turkey farmers around the country. And these days, with the growth of the local food movement, small family farms are struggling to keep up with all the orders for birds. So, we went to find out what one New England farmer is doing to get her gobblers from the field to the table. Enter the "abattoir."

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Goats and Soda
4:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

A helicopter's eye view of a new ETU, funded by USAID and built by Save the Children.
Kelly McEvers NPR

The Ebola outbreak started in rural areas, but by June it had reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

By August, the number of people contracting the Ebola virus in the country was doubling every week. The Liberian government and aid workers begged for help.

Enter the U.S. military, who along with other U.S. agencies had a clear plan in mid-September to build more Ebola treatment units, or ETUs. At least one would be built in the major town of each of Liberia's 15 counties. That way, sick patients in those counties wouldn't bring more Ebola to the capital.

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NPR Story
4:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

National Guardsmen To Be Stationed Throughout Ferguson

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:37 pm

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Around the Nation
3:08 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Pastor: 'It Is A Challenge To Be Hopeful'

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:31 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Pastor Willis Johnson from Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo., about the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case and the reactions he sees in his community. Read Pastor Willis Johnson's sermon for this coming Sunday, "Disgrace and Grace."

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Around the Nation
3:08 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears

A worker cleans up glass outside a Quiznos restaurant that was damaged during a demonstration Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:29 pm

Residents and business owners in Ferguson, Mo., awoke Tuesday morning to assess the damage done to their neighborhoods. In the aftermath of the grand jury's decision Monday night not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, many business were vandalized and some were destroyed.

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