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The Peculiar Parade Of Thanksgiving Traditions

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:34am

Though it may seem like a fixed point in a fast-moving world, the Thanksgiving holiday continues to change and evolve.

Should The Phrase 'Islamic Extremism' Be Used? It's Debatable

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 7:04am

Within Islamic countries, many Muslims are OK using the term "Islamic extremists," but when Westerners use the phrase, it could be seen as an insult.

Russia Calls Downing Of Its Plane A 'Planned Provocation'

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:39am

Turkey maintains it has a right to defend its airspace. Russia says it will deploy advanced anti-aircraft missiles to its base in Syria.

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:33am

Thanksgiving is a holiday with a complicated history. So some teachers have developed strategies to teach it to young students.

Artist Turns 90 Pounds Of Cheddar Into Nativity Scene

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:13am

Prudence Staite of Tewkesbury, England, spent five days carving out a cheesy nativity scene — complete with Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds and livestock. She was commissioned by a cheese company.

'Tales From The Loop' Doesn't Forget The Robots (Or The Dinosaurs)

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:03am

Illustrator Simon Stålenhag has put together a compilation of short stories to accompany his haunting, gorgeous paintings of an alternate Sweden full of aliens and strange technology. And dinosaurs.

2 Turkeys Doomed For Dinner Make A Thanksgiving Escape

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:00am

The crate the birds were in fell off a truck in upstate New York and the duo made a break for it. It urns out they're a rare breed, so they'll spend the rest of their lives at a bird sanctuary.

The Strange Truth Behind Presidential Turkey Pardons

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:03am

Presidents have been pardoning turkeys for decades. But why? They used to eat them, actually. The history of the tradition is an odd and sad tale with lots of myths.

Golden State Warriors Break Record For Best Start In NBA

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:41am

MVP Stephen Curry led his team to a milestone victory with a 111-17 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The Warriors have now won 16 games in a row.

Movie Review: 'Creed'

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

"Creed" is billed as a "Rocky" spinoff but it's actually something more interesting. It's a spiritual remake of the 1976 film that retells the original story in an unexpected and involving way. "Morning Edition" and "Los Angeles Times" film critic Kenneth Turan reviews "Creed."

Belgian Capital Remains On Alert; Schools And Metro Stops Open

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

The Belgian capital Brussels is still on high alert — more than a week after a security crackdown following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Effort To Change System For Nonviolent Drug Criminals Hits Snag

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

The White House and Public Citizen object to new language that could make it more difficult to prosecute environmental crime and protect food and drug safety.

ISIS Puts Together Effective Propaganda Team

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

The Islamic State produces a steady flow of propaganda. Linda Wertheimer talks to Greg Miller of The Washington Post about the ISIS propaganda machine and its role in recruiting foreign fighters.

Protesters Pressure Minn. Police To Release Video Of Black Man's Death

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

Five protesters were shot during an altercation Monday night. Police say three white men are in custody. Members of the Black Lives Matter movement say they will not be intimidated.

Graphic Video Released Of White Chicago Police Officer Shooting Black Teenager

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

A white Chicago police officer faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a black teenager. Linda Wertheimer talks to attorney Craig Futterman who fought to have video released.

Low Energy Prices Force More Northeast Nuclear Power Plants To Shut Down

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

The actions raise questions about nuclear's future in the U.S., including its role in reducing climate change. It's left the rural community that's home to one of the plants reeling.

NYC Mayor Unveils Ambitious Plan To Combat Mental Health Illnesses

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray talk to Linda Wertheimer about the initiative. They say the new program is important and personal.

Charging Chicago Officer With Murder Fails To Quell Outrage Over Teen's Death

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez released dashcam video that shows officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 shots at 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Critics question why it took so long to be released.

Turkey Insists Russian Jet Was In Its Airspace When It Was Shot Down

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane was in Syrian airspace, and also announced that Russia will deploy advanced anti-aircraft missiles to its airbase in Syria.

An Artist Grows Into His Talent: Revisiting Sinatra's Radio Years

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:35am

"It's these fresh vocal cords that haven't been abused yet, broken in yet." Susan Stamberg dives into Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air, a box set of rare radio broadcasts.




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