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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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It's All Politics
12:56 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Turkey Grower Calls Pardon Of Cobbler (Or Is It Gobbler?) 'An Honor'

The turkeys to be pardoned Wednesday appeared at a press conference Tuesday at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 1:54 pm

Update at 2:32 p.m. ET:

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama clearly related his own redemption this month to the turkeys he pardoned.

"They say that life is all about second chances, and this November I could not agree more," he said at the pardon ceremony. "The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward."

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

In Nigeria, Church Bombing Death Toll Now 30; Gunmen Attack Police Station

It has been a bloody last couple of days in Nigeria: First on Sunday, two car bombs exploded near a church inside a military base. According to the AP, hospital officials said the death toll in that incident has grown to 30.

And today, the AP reports, there is news that gunmen rushed a police station in the nation's capital of Abuja.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Paying For Success: River Otters Are Being Trapped Again In Illinois

Once almost gone from Illinois, river otters are now back in big numbers.
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 4:30 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Steve Inskeep speaks Illinois biologist Bob Bluett

"They're wonderful, they're great. But sometimes too much is too much."

That's the basic problem confronting Illinois and its wild river otters, state Department of Natural Resources biologist Bob Bluett said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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The Record
12:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

It Isn't (Just) Ironic: In Defense Of The Hipster

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 6:30 pm

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Planet Money
12:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Household Debt In America, In 3 Graphs

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 7:38 pm

For more, see What America Owes In Student Loans

U.S. households owe a bit less than they did at the peak of the bubble. But they still owe a lot: $11.4 trillion, give or take a few billion. Mortgage and home-equity debt is still by far the biggest chunk of that debt.

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Shots - Health News
12:29 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Some Kids Bounce Straight To The Emergency Room

First the kids pile in, then the bouncing begins.
Nationwide Children's Hospital

If your kids absolutely must jump around at their next birthday party, an inflatable moonwalk or bounce house may be a safer bet than a backyard trampoline. But only a little safer.

The wildly popular mosh pits for the school-age set have become a common source of injuries that send kids to the hospital.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:20 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ferocious Flowers

A screen-grab from Andrew Zuckerman's Flower project.
Andrew Zuckerman Studio Vimeo

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 8:07 am

Nothin' dainty about these flowers. Nope, these guys are pistol-firing, fire-cracking blossoms from photographer/filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman. Click on this image and stand back ...

Bang and they're dead.

It's a short, violent life these flowers have.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Mon November 26, 2012

In One Corner Of Syria, A Rebel Victory Results In Friction

A Syrian rebel fighter is shown in the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 11, several days after the rebels captured it. The rebel takeover has created friction with the town's Kurdish population.
Murad Seezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 5:49 pm

When Syrian rebels seized the border post at Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 8, they celebrated the victory and went on to "liberate" the town, a place where both Arabs and Kurds live on Syria's northeast border with Turkey.

But the Kurdish inhabitants quickly saw their "liberation" as a disaster. Within days, dozens were dead in clashes between Kurdish militias and the rebels.

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Monkey See
11:46 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Making The Comedy Podcast: Julie Klausner's Life Of Conversation

Julie Klausner has written for television, traditional media, new media, and Joan Rivers. But she's also a very popular comedy podcaster β€” a job that, only a few years ago, barely existed.
Ari Scott Julie Klausner

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 5:14 pm

Julie Klausner's podcast, How Was Your Week?, has been featured on all manner of lists of the best shows of its kind β€” in Rolling Stone, in GQ, and in The New York Times. Comedy podcasting is a field growing so fast that, as NPR's Audie Cornish mentions in talking to Klausner on today's All Things Considered, comedian Colin Quinn recently commented that the only thing comedians talk about anymore is doing each other's podcasts.

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