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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they’re often left out of the conversation.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · More than 2,000 tents still occupy city streets. The longer the pro-democracy demonstration goes on, the more unwelcome it becomes.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn’t grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. He talked with several experts and got some answers to his questions.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · 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.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Marine Corps is running a test to see if women can serve in ground combat. “A lot of people think that we can’t do it,” says one Marine who’s trying to make the cut. “I don’t think the same.”
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can’t stand “Jingle Bell Rock” — 15th-century English carols.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Many couples have traveled to states where gay marriage is recognized to get hitched. Those who do have a much harder time getting divorced once they get back home.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling a number of health issues. He was 78.
 

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November 16, 2014 | NPR · For the first time ever, Google reached out to users in a matching campaign to help fund Ebola treatment and prevention. The company’s philanthropic director explains why.
 

 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · Not surprisingly, many of the stories we heard from you were about food. You had issues roasting the turkey. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird a golden brown.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The average woman in Niger bears seven children — the world’s highest birth rate. And the country can barely feed its current population. How do you convince people that smaller families are better?
 

November 27, 2014 | KERA · Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they’re not afraid to say “chillax” in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.
 

Arts & Life

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files’ chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files’ “ghostly, magical storytelling.”
 

Music

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November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro previews his Thanksgiving Day conversation with Melissa Etheridge.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · “I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn’t have written ‘You Really Got Me,’ ” Davies tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.
 

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