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Monkey See
10:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Katie Couric And Yahoo!: Two Brands Wondering What's Next

Katie Couric made her name on NBC's Today show, which she hosted for 15 years. Since leaving the network in 2006, Couric has anchored CBS Evening News and launched her own daytime talk show on ABC, Katie.
Ida Mae Astute AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:56 pm

Depending on which analyst you read, Katie Couric's move to become "global anchor" for Yahoo! News is either a "bad bet" and an "awkward fit," or an "upheaval in the pecking order" that could "signal the end of old media dominance."

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The Two-Way
10:27 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Supreme Court Will Hear New Challenge To Health Law

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases brought by companies who say they have religious objections to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that they offer employees health insurance that includes contraception benefits.

In a statement released late Tuesday morning, justices say they have consolidated four related cases and will hear one hour of oral arguments. That will happen next year, likely in late March.

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The Salt
10:21 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Al Gore Goes Vegan, Following In Footsteps Of Bill Clinton

Former Vice President Al Gore has reportedly gone vegan.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 2:13 pm

The decision to give up entire food groups can be a radical attempt to reform an unhealthy diet, as former President Bill Clinton demonstrated when he revealed in 2011 that he'd gone vegan, after heart bypass surgery.

But more often in this day and age, eschewing animal products is political.

And so that's why we were interested to read that former Vice President Al Gore, one of the world's most famous environmentalists, had — like his former boss — gone vegan, too.

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All Songs Considered
10:18 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Edition: Songs About Your Family

ABC-TV

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:04 pm

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Parallels
10:17 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins

A makeshift headstone in the mass grave outside of San Joaquin Parish in the province of Leyte, Philippines. The Catholic parish has lost almost two-thirds of its congregation after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the area.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 6:58 am

Three young men dig a grave in a churchyard in San Joaquin Parish, a collection of about a dozen barrios outside Tacloban, the Philippine provincial capital ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.

They roll an unidentified body wrapped only in blue plastic sheeting up to the grave on a squeaky trolley.

They drag the body into the pit, which is too small for it. The soft, sandy soil falls from their shovels, and in a minute, the crumpled blue figure disappears under the earth.

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect

Vernita Gray (left) and her partner Patricia Ewert had a civil union in Chicago's Millennium Park in June 2011. A judge ruled Monday that they should be allowed to legally marry now because of Gray's health.
Timmy Samuel Lambda Legal

Seven months before Illinois' same-sex marriage law goes into effect, a judge ruled Monday that two Chicago women can marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.

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Planet Money
10:07 am
Tue November 26, 2013

3 Ways Obamacare Is Changing How A Hospital Cares For Patients

John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 8:04 am

The Affordable Care Act is transforming more than health insurance. In hospitals around the country, the legislation could transform the way doctors and nurses actually care for patients.

Part of the law is designed to rein in the nation's exploding health care costs by creating hundreds of little experiments that test new ways for hospitals to save money.

One example: At Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio, doctors are preparing for a new way of doing business.

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Arts & Life
9:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Saving Yourself From Thanksgiving T.M.I.

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, a couple of days until Thanksgiving means just a short wait for pie. But instead of slicing it up this year, have you thought about putting it on a stick? Let us be the first to introduce you to pie pops. That's later. But first, you may get your fill of more than just dessert this holiday season. You might also be treated to a heaping helping of family news.

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Religion
9:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Meet Mensch On A Bench, Jewish Counterpart To Elf On The Shelf

Courtesy of Neal Hoffman

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 2:27 pm

During a visit to a store last holiday season, Jewish father Neal Hoffman felt bad telling his son Jake that he couldn't have an Elf on the Shelf. The widely popular Christmas toy is intended to watch children's behavior for Santa. Hoffman kept thinking, maybe there could be something similar, but rooted in Jewish tradition.

Hoffman, a former Hasbro employee, decided Mensch on a Bench was the answer. "A mensch means a really good person. It's a person that you strive to be," he says.

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Economy
9:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Secretary Of Labor Says Raising Minimum Wage Will Grow Economy

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has only been in office for a few months, but he's already making waves. He's pushing for a higher minimum wage and immigration reform. Perez speaks with host Michel Martin about his goals for the U.S. labor force.

On Aging
9:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

End-Of-Life Conversations Not Easy, But Necessary

A new report from the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project shows that Americans' attitudes about medical care at the end of life are changing. And there's still widespread resistance to talking about the issue. Host Michel Martin learns more about the study's findings and how to have these conversations.

All Tech Considered
9:44 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Papers, Please: A Game That Puts Your Sympathy To The Test

Papers, Please casts you as an immigration inspector whose goal is to keep those who don't belong out of the fictional nation of Arstotzka.
papersplea.se

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 7:21 pm

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many

Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andrew Medichini AP

Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," Pope Francis writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.

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Music Reviews
9:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.
Cory Weaver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 2:15 pm

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Project Xpat: No Tinned Pumpkin

Rowan Crutchlow, at age 3, helping to make her great-grandmother's pie cust.
Kelly Crutchlow

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 10:00 am

Recipes, like memories, transcend place and time. Wherever American Kelly Crutchlow lives, she brings along remembrances of her family and their ways of observing Thanksgiving.

Today Kelly, who is originally from Iowa, is living near Coventry, England, with her British husband, Adam, and their two children, Rowan, 4, and Ewan, 2.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:56 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes Drying

Robert Krulwich NPR

Look at this baby.

Lovely, no? Now think of this baby abstractly — as a sack of hundreds of millions of atoms. Here's the atomic formula for a new human being, arranged by elements, according to scientist Neil Shubin.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
7:51 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Debate: Does Spying Keep Us Safe?

Stewart Baker and Richard Falkenrath face off against David Cole and Michael German in an Intelligence Squared debate moderated by John Donvan on Nov. 20.
Intelligence Squared U.S.

The recent revelations about National Security Agency surveillance programs have renewed the debate over the balance between national security and civil liberties.

Some argue that mass electronic surveillance is vital to the fight against terrorism, even if it makes some people uneasy. But others say spying on vast numbers of innocent people is a violation of privacy, as well as a waste of security resources.

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Home Prices Rise Again; Consumer Confidence Dips

Housing has been one of the economy's bright spots.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:07 am

While home prices rose in major cities across the nation during the third quarter, data suggest that the housing market is beginning to shift to a slower rate of growth, according to the economists who put together the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.

Their statistics show prices rose 3.2 percent in the quarter and were up 11.2 percent from a year earlier.

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The Two-Way
6:26 am
Tue November 26, 2013

If You Must Fry A Turkey, Listen To William Shatner First

Don't try this at home: Actor William Shatner in State Farm's Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix video about how to safely fry a turkey.
State Farm

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 9:06 am

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Parallels
5:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

World Headlines: Scotland Unveils Independence Blueprint

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum Glasgow on Tuesday.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Britain, Guardian

First Minister Alex Salmond has released a blueprint for independence, urging Scotland's 4 million voters to create of fairer, richer country when they vote in a referendum on Sept. 18 2014.

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The Two-Way
5:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

'I Am Alive For A Reason,' Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

Virginia State. Sen. Creigh Deeds in 2010.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:52 am

Saying he is "alive for a reason and I will work for change," Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds has told a Virginia news outlet that his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."

Deeds, 55, was stabbed and seriously wounded by his 24-year-old son, Gus, on Nov. 19. Gus Deeds then shot and killed himself.

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The Two-Way
5:23 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Book News: Secret Video Documents Conditions In Amazon Warehouse

A worker at the Amazon fulfillment center in Swansea, Wales, processes orders in 2011.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:58 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Around the Nation
5:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Minnesota Woman Embraces Her Full Name

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

A woman in Minneapolis turns 43 years old on Thursday. Dr. Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds says she was born to hippie parents, who hadn't picked out a name ahead of time. When their daughter arrived on Thanksgiving Day, they took it as a sign. Far from being embarrassed about her name, Dr. Reynolds embraces it. She says it even helped her get job interviews. Adding, quote, "I'm someone you are not going to forget based on the name." Surely, indeed.

The Two-Way
4:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Big Travel Day Could Be A Big Mess Due To Weather

Tuesday's forecast for the eastern half of the U.S. shows big bands of rain, freezing rain and snow.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 6:59 am

Rain, sleet, snow and an estimated 43.4 million Americans traveling to be with family or friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Politics
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Members Of Congress Signal Unhappiness With Iran Deal

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

It really is true that all politics is local. And the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers engages politics in several localities.

GREENE: In a moment, we'll hear some of the debate in Iran as reflected on social media.

INSKEEP: We start in the United States, where many Members of Congress have strong views on the deal agreed to by the Obama administration.

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Technology
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Feds Have Troubled History With New Computer Systems

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's hear a little recent history now, a history of federal IT failures. The troubled healthcare.gov website has many ancestors, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The new software system was glitchy, it was behind schedule and over budget. University of Pennsylvania computer scientist Matt Blaze said the problems were foreseeable.

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Business
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Uncollected Change At TSA Security Gates Adds Up

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

If you're in the right place in the right time, you could fund your company with spare change. Because our last word in business today is: Economy Class.

Imagine you're in an airport security line and realize you have loose change in your pocket.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

You know, you plop your coins into that little plastic bin, send it down the x-ray conveyor belt and maybe forget to pick up the change.

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Business
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

FDA Tells Company To Stop Selling Genetic Test

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A high-profile genetic medical testing company is in trouble with the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has asked 23 And Me to temporarily halt its work.

As NPR's Rob Stein reports, the FDA has accuracy concerns.

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Business
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Longtime Wal-Mart Employee Chosen As CEO

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a new chief at Wal-Mart.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Doug McMillon of Jonesboro, Arkansas, started at Wal-Mart in 1984. It was a summer job, he was unpacking trucks. Yesterday, he was named as the retail giant's new CEO. Not only is the 47-year-old McMillon an insider who rose through the ranks, he's one of the few executives who actually worked under founder Sam Walton.

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