This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered since kicking off the revival of Western Skies in June. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic.

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November 30, 2015 | NPR · Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was captured on dashcam video shooting the teen 16 times.

November 30, 2015 | NPR · New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nabbed the backing of the New Hampshire Union Leader this weekend, citing his executive and national security experience. But that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a win.

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November 30, 2015 | NPR · Providence is widely considered the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Its award-winning chef, Michael Cimarusti, is piloting Dock to Dish, a program that hooks chefs up directly with local fishermen.

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December 1, 2015 | NPR · Shankar speaks with Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, about what motivates art forgers. Also this week on Hidden Brain: why we love studies that prove wine connoisseurs wrong.

November 30, 2015 | NPR · ABC will air “It’s Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown” Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon’s golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

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November 30, 2015 | NPR · Imported from Europe, the custom of leaving gratuities began spreading in the U.S. post-Civil War. It was loathed as a master-serf custom that degraded America’s democratic, anti-aristocratic ethic.


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November 30, 2015 | KCRW · KCRW’s Jason Bentley spins music by ATTLAS, Stardust, Roisin Murphy and more in a two-hour EDM mix.

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November 30, 2015 | WXPN · Hear two of the L.A. band’s new singles, both of which boast major-league hooks.

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November 30, 2015 | NPR · Watch the frontman from NYC’s progressive rap crew Ratking go on a rescue mission to save his mother from some bumbling bad guys in this humorous new video.

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