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11:32 am
Mon November 25, 2013

'Divided & United': Songs Of The Civil War Re-Imagined

An unidentified Union soldier holds a banjo.
Library of Congress via Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:59 pm

Divided & United is the name of a new, two-disc collection of songs from the Civil War. The selections tell tales of fear, loneliness, exhaustion and triumph. All recordings featured on the album, which was produced by Randall Poster, are new takes on old songs; historian Sean Wilentz wrote the liner notes for the record.

The collection features lesser-known songs of the Civil War, some by a songwriter named Henry Clay Work. According to Wilentz, Work was a key member of a group of composers that wrote the history of the era through song.

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Latin America
11:32 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Whoever Honduras Elects President Faces Tough Road, Broke Country

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:05 pm

Hondurans went to the polls this Sunday to elect a new president. The Central American country has a whole host of problems to deal with, including the highest levels of violence in the world and increased drug cartel activity. Most pressing, though, the new leader will inherit a failing economy. Honduras is broke. It just borrowed, for the first time, $500 million on the international bond market, but that wasn't even enough to bail the country out of its devastating financial troubles.

It's All Politics
11:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

5 Ways The Iran Nuclear Deal Collides With U.S. Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shake hands Sunday at the United Nations Palais in Geneva.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 3:49 am

The historic nuclear deal with Iran marks the first time in three decades that the Persian nation has agreed to slow its work toward a nuclear weapon and allow international monitors in to verify.

It's a significant accomplishment, but the accord is about to become entangled in U.S. politics for months to come, complicating the pact's future on both sides of the Atlantic.

Here are five reasons why:

1. President Obama's Credibility

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The Protojournalist
10:33 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Project Xpat: Not So Chilly In Chile

A circle of Thanksgiving celebrants in Santiago, Chile.
Amy Bell

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:21 am

As American expatriate Amy Bell points out, a Thanksgiving celebration does not always depend on falling leaves and falling temperatures. It depends on being full of thanks.

In Chile, Thanksgiving "falls on the brink of summertime," says Amy, a science teacher at an international school in Santiago. "Unfortunately, we don't have the day off from work, so my crew of American expats gather on the following Saturday to enjoy a full day of eating, drinking and gratitude."

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The Salt
10:22 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Oprah's 'Love Sandwich'

Peter wonders if starting P Magazine was such a good idea.
NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:41 am

Subscribers to Oprah's O magazine wait all year for the "Oprah's Favorite Things" issue, in which Oprah lists a bunch of things you need to buy if you want any chance of becoming Oprah. It's just out, and in it Oprah mentions that she makes for Stedman something she calls a "Love Sandwich." If you don't know who Stedman is, I'm not even going to put a link here to help you, because really, you should already know.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Chicago Bulls' Rose Out For Season With Knee Injury

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, right, is out for the season after injuring his right knee Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Rose missed all of last season with an injury to his left knee.
Don Ryan AP

Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls guard who missed all of last season after knee surgery, has injured his other knee and will miss the rest of the current NBA season. The Bulls say Rose had "successful surgery" Monday morning to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

Rose hurt his knee during the third quarter of Chicago's loss at Portland Friday. Here's how the Bulls' official blog describes the play:

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The Salt
8:16 am
Mon November 25, 2013

An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Microbiologist Christina Agapakis (left) and artist Sissel Tolass show off the cheese they made with bacteria from human skin. The project was part of Agapakis' graduate thesis at Harvard Medical School.
Courtesy of Grow Your Own ... Life After Nature at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:03 am

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. (Our friends at Kitchen Window broke down the process in a recent post, if you're curious.)

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ukraine Protests Continue Over Suspension Of EU Talks

Opposition protesters clash with riot police in front of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:56 am

The Ukrainian government last week stunned many of its own citizens and much of the European Union when it announced it was suspending association talks with the bloc. The decision led to mass protests that continued Monday in which demonstrators clashed with riot police outside the government building. One protester was injured.

The Associated Press reports:

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Parallels
7:53 am
Mon November 25, 2013

President Obama Bets Big On Middle East Diplomacy

President Obama, speaking on Saturday night, said the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program is an important first step. The Obama administration is currently working on several major initiatives in the Middle East.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 3:49 am

The track record for Middle East diplomacy is pretty dismal, yet this is where President Obama is playing all his important diplomatic cards.

With the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program, the president is now engaged in his fifth major diplomatic initiative in five contiguous countries stretching from Afghanistan in the east to Israel in the west.

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Schools Chief Among 4 Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case

Four adults, including the superintendent of the city's schools, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to the aftermath and alleged attempted coverup of a teenage girl's 2012 rape by members of the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine just announced that news.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

500,000 Lights: Family's Christmas Display Sets World Record

Decorating their house and yard with more than 31 miles' worth of lights, an Australian family has reclaimed a Guinness world record in Canberra, Australia.
Guinness World Records 2014 is out now

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:28 am

The Christmas decorating season is in full bloom in Australia, where a family's use of more than half a million lights has set a new world record. The Richards family's yard in Forrest, a suburb of Canberra, features a canopy of lights fanning out beneath a large tree whose trunk is wrapped in glowing colors.

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Education
6:36 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Reporters' Notebook: Philadelphia, A Laboratory For Hybrid Schools

Michel Martin talks with NPR education correspondents Claudio Sanchez and Eric Westervelt, about a new NPR series looking at problems within Philadelphia's public school system, and the lessons the rest of the country can take from Philly.

Education
6:36 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Is The STEM Education Crisis A Myth?

Education experts have been sounding the alarm for more students to go into STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. But some researchers suggest the STEM crisis is just a myth. Anthony Carnevale of The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, tells host Michel Martin which side is right.

The Two-Way
6:29 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At Auction, Maltese Falcon Goes For $4 Million, Dreams Included

How much will it bring?
Bonhams AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:55 pm

Somebody should say this ...

"I am prepared to pay $5,000 for the figure's return"

... just for fun Monday afternoon when a Maltese Falcon statue used in the classic 1941 movie goes on auction at Bonhams in New York City.

That line about $5,000, movie fans will know, is said by "Joel Cairo" (played by Peter Lorre) to "Sam Spade" (Humphrey Bogart).

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The Protojournalist
6:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Project Xpat: Homage In Catalonia

Janine Denny of New York readies the Thanksgiving table in Spain
Regan Watson

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:16 am

Sometimes you carry Old Thanksgiving Traditions with you around the world; sometimes you make up Old Thanksgiving Traditions right on the spot.

Regan Watson — an American expat from San Diego now living in Barcelona, Spain — and her friends are creating a few rituals that we homelanders might want to consider.

"For years I had hosted Thanksgiving at my shared Barcelona apartment," Regan says, but "my oven was a bit too small for the 9-kilo turkey that I had to special order."

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The Two-Way
5:26 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Anti-Government Demonstrations Rock Thai Capital

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Thailand, march Monday against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 6:09 am

Massive anti-government protests have rocked the Thai capital, Bangkok, with demonstrators occupying parts of the finance and foreign ministries Monday and calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
5:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Comet ISON in an image taken on Nov. 19 by a telescope at the Marshall Space Flight Center in New Mexico.
NASA

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.

If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.

Well, it fizzled.

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Parallels
5:04 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:05 pm

Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.

My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.

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The Two-Way
3:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Syrian Peace Talks Set To Start In January

In the Syrian town of Hejeira, a fighter from a Shiite militia patrolled last week.
Jaber al-Helo AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 5:07 am

Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.

The U.N. adds that:

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Parallels
3:48 am
Mon November 25, 2013

After The Storm: Commerce Returns To Damaged Philippines City

In the past week, this street market in Tacloban has grown exponentially as people try to earn money to rebuild their lives.
Frank Langfitt/ NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.

Jimbo Tampol, who works for a local Coca-Cola distributor, drives across Tacloban selling ice-cold sodas from coolers. In a city where there is no electricity and little refrigeration, a cold soda is a big deal, a symbol of normalcy.

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Parallels
3:16 am
Mon November 25, 2013

World Headlines: Both Honduran Candidates Claim Victory

The National Party's Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday. With a little less than half the ballots counted, Hernandez had 34 percent of the vote and was leading, but his main rival is also claiming victory.
Gustavo Amador EPA /LANDOV

Honduras, El Heraldo

Both candidates in Honduras' presidential election are claiming victory, a day after millions voted in an election that was expected to be close.

But with more than half the votes counted, Juan Orlando, of the ruling National Party, is ahead with about 34 percent of the votes. His main rival, Xiomara Castro, the wife of deposed leader Manuel Zelaya, has about 28 percent.

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The Two-Way
2:10 am
Mon November 25, 2013

As Storms Spread, Thanksgiving Travel Is Looking Tricky

Brrr. This Chiefs fan was bundled up Sunday in Kansas City. Cold, stormy weather is spreading across much of the nation.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:57 am

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Sports
2:02 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Pacquiao Dedicates Boxing Win To Typhoon Survivors

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. In Tacloban, a city in the Philippines nearly wiped away by the typhoon this month, survivors gathered yesterday to cheer on a hero. A TV screen was set up in a plaza showing Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao defeat American Brandon Rios. Pacquiao dedicated his win to those recovering from the storm.

Around the Nation
1:54 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Texas Couple Has 'Breaking Bad' Engagement

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Hannah Shuster and Mackey Macaluso. The Houston Chronicle says they got engagement photos themed on "Breaking Bad." That's the tale of a man who cooks meth to support his family. The happy couple posed in yellow lab suits in front of an old camper, like one featured in the show, and they held the ring - the rock - on blue rocks resembling meth. We don't know how they'll spend their wedding night, but they do love the show on Netflix.

Health Care
12:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Health Exchanges Brace For A December Deluge

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

The race is on to get the federal insurance website HealthCare.gov working smoothly by the end of November.

And it's not just because that's what federal officials have promised. December could see a surge in demand for health insurance.

"There is an avalanche coming," says Bryce Williams, managing director for exchange solutions at the benefits consulting firm Towers Watson.

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Middle East
12:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Deal Leaves Iran's Nuclear Facilities Intact

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's talk more about the Iranian nuclear deal with Tony Blinken. He is the White House Deputy National Security Advisor. Mr. Blinken, welcome back to the program.

TONY BLINKEN: Thanks for having me.

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Latin America
12:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ruling Party Leads Election Vote Totals In Honduras

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Central American country of Honduras held a presidential election yesterday. Honduras suffers from extreme poverty and it has one of the world's highest murder rates. The nation's politics have been dominated by elites and the military. Now, so far the vote count appears to favor the candidates from the right wing ruling party, but this election offered a little more choice than usual. Here's NPR's Carrie Kahn.

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Television
10:03 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Bill Cosby, Still Himself After All These Years

Bill Cosby performs his stand-up special, Far From Finished. The actor and comedian has been working in show business for 50 years.
Erinn Chalene Cosby Comedy Central

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

Comedian Bill Cosby has been in show business for 50 years, and he celebrated on Comedy Central over the weekend with a stand-up special — his first in 30 years — called Far From Finished.

That earlier special, called Bill Cosby Himself, inspired one of the most popular sitcoms in TV history: The Cosby Show, starring Cosby as paterfamilias Cliff Huxtable. It was a show that was really the first of its kind, capturing life in a highly educated upper-middle-class African-American family.

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Code Switch
9:55 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Hollywood's New Strategy: Supporting Chinese-Made Blockbusters

Hollywood's version of Iron Man 3 shown in China played down the rather unfortunately named baddie, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley.
Marvel

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:11 am

If you've seen the 2012 science fiction movie Looper, you might remember a telling exchange when a time-traveling hitman (Bruce Willis) sits down with a young version of himself (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and offers some advice.

"You should go to China," Willis says firmly.

Gordon-Levitt resists: "I'm going to France."

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Shots - Health News
9:54 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:41 am

Lots of studies have shown that cigarette smoke isn't good for a fetus. So many pregnant women use nicotine gum or skin patches or inhalers to help them stay away from cigarettes.

A few years ago, Megan Stern became one of those women. "I smoked heavily for the first seven weeks of my pregnancy because I didn't know I was pregnant," she says. "It was an accidental pregnancy, and I found out while I was in the emergency room for another issue."

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