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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Or When Turkeys Strike Back

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:20 am

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This Is NPR
1:05 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Storm Coverage 101: Listening As Important As Reporting

WNYC staff in generator-powered newsroom watch President Obama speaking from the White House about Sandy. (L-R) Reporter Brigid Bergin, Brian Lehrer, producer Javier Guzman (back to camera), host Richard Hake, host Lance Luckey, and VP-News Jim Schachter.

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:10 am

The story of how WNYC covered Superstorm Sandy begins more than a year ago, in August 2011. That's when another big storm – Hurricane Irene – hit the East Coast of the United States. When Sandy was a looming threat over the Atlantic, the WNYC team knew just what to do and went to work.

"We've been through this once before [with Hurricane Irene]. We just tried to anticipate what [our audience] would want next," said John Keefe, Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology.

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The Picture Show
1:04 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Nantucket's 'Last Wampanoags'

Dorcas Honorable, the last known Native American woman on Nantucket, who died in 1855.
Nantucket Historical Association

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 2:35 pm

With the big day right around the corner, here's one more last-minute historical tidbit:

The Wampanoags were the Native Americans, indigenous to New England, who purportedly helped the Pilgrims at Plymouth (about 60 miles from Nantucket, Mass.). Today they still live in small communities scattered around New England — but a few centuries ago, they numbered in the thousands.

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From Scratch
1:03 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Paul Farmer, Co-Founder Of Partners In Health

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:33 am

Paul has been committed to disease and poverty reduction since his early twenties. Partners in Health, started in Haiti in the 1980s, provides health care to the world's poorest communities. Paul launched the organization while he was a student at Harvard Medical School.

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1:02 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Alt.Latino: Special Guest Calle 13

Calle 13 singer Rene Perez
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:30 pm

This week we are bringing you an encore presentation of one of our favorite Guest DJ sessions of all time — with Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13.

Calle 13 is one of the most exciting and creative groups to hit the Latin alternative scene in the last decade. But not everyone agrees. The duo is as polarizing as it is provocative.

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1:02 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

A Thanksgiving Menu That Goes Back To The Roots

Renee Comet Photography, Inc. Restaurant Associates and Smithsonian Institution

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:37 pm

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.

For those who want to create a feast that celebrates the flavors that Native Americans brought to the table, Chef Richard Hetzler has an entire menu of options from his award-winning cookbook, The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ode To Joy Of Cooking

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:12 am

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

All Songs Considered
1:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

We Get Mail: How Much Music Is Too Much Music?

With so much new music, who has time to listen to this? And with all this old music, who has time to listen to the new stuff?
passetti via Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:29 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:59 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

When Is A Theory Wrong?

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The Universe of Particles exhibition at CERN in 2011.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 10:26 am

"Simple," you may say. "All you have to do is test the theory against experimental data and, if predictions don't work, toss the theory in the garbage can." In practice, however, things are way more complicated.

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NPR Ombudsman
12:57 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Praising And Criticizing The American Red Cross

People receive free food from the American Red Cross in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood on Nov. 14, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:47 pm

NPR does not owe it to humanitarian agencies such as the American Red Cross to laud their efforts. What NPR owes is to report fair, accurate and complete news to the American people.

But humanitarian groups are part of that public and are crucial to the social fabric of the nation. We as a people especially appreciate the work by selfless volunteers who bring relief in the wake of disasters. Many of us have pitched in to help in our communities, and even overseas. The volunteers are us, or at least who many of us want to be.

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