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Politics
9:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

Journalist James Foley was killed by the so-called Islamic State in August of this year. His mother, Diane Foley, says the U.S. government never reached out to tell her that her son was dead.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will not change its policy on ransoms: America does not pay them.

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Parallels
7:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

After 2 Months, Hong Kong Residents Want Protesters To Head Home

A census by protesters estimates the main protest camp in Hong Kong is home to about 2,200 tents, but most are empty these days as crowds have dwindled.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:15 am

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, the longest of their kind on Chinese soil since the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, turn 2 months old on Sunday.

In early October, the demonstrations grabbed media attention around the world and galvanized Hong Kongers, but now most of them just want the protests to end. Independent polls show people overwhelmingly oppose the continued occupation of city streets because it's inconvenient and appears to be futile.

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History
7:21 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 10:28 am

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
5:39 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 8:56 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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Middle East
4:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

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

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History
4:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

The Day The Niagara Stopped Falling

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 7:01 am

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Race
4:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

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

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Goats and Soda
8:59 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 9:26 am

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
7:31 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 11:35 am

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
6:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 9:25 am

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