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The Many Stories Behind Double-Eyelid Surgery

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:18am

The procedure to give people with single eyelids a crease above their lashes often provokes controversy. Kat Chow steps past the debate over whether people should do it to get at the "why."

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Once Tolerated, Westerners Are Now Targeted By Radical Islamists

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:12am

The kidnapping and killing of Westerners isn't a new phenomenon in the Middle East. But the last time around, it stopped after just a few years. This time there's no end in sight.

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What Did He Say About A One-Legged Bobcat?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:06am

Want to know exactly what Jerry Flowers was saying in our most recent podcast? Now you can check the transcript. We'll be providing transcripts for all future episodes of Planet Money.

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As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:01am

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew. Chalk it up to globalization.

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FIFA Files Criminal Complaint Over 2018, 2022 Soccer World Cup Bidding

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:43am

Soccer's governing body said assets may have been transferred to Switzerland in connection with the bids. Just days ago, FIFA cleared eventual winners Russia and Qatar of corruption.

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How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:24am

Momentum to push legislation approving the oil pipeline is getting a boost from the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff — even though the unbuilt portion of pipeline wouldn't run anywhere near the state.

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Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:13am

When it comes to on-the-spot answers to simple historical and political questions, some people don't have a clue.

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Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:42am

The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.

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Public Service Broadcasting: 'Gagarin'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:22am

This is the best thing you'll watch all day. It turns out J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth, the two unassuming guys behind the band Public Service Broadcasting, have some killer moves.

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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For At Least Remainder Of 2014 Season

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:14am

Peterson, who pleaded no contest in a child abuse case, said he would appeal the decision. The Players Union, on his behalf, said the punishment was "arbitrary."

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Culture Of Psychological Science At Stake

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:08am

Amid a raging debate about study replication, commentator Tania Lombrozo says it isn't just a few contested findings at stake, but the future of the field.

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After Falling Into Recession, Japan's Prime Minister Calls For Snap Elections

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:51am

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for an election two years ahead of schedule and he also delayed an increase in sales tax.

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Top Stories: Jerusalem Synagogue Attacked; U.S. Hostage Policy Reviewed

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:48am

Also: The Senate may vote on the Keystone XL pipeline today; arctic weather blasts the U.S.; and Uber repudiates a executive's comments on spreading rumors about journalists.

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A Rational Conversation: Can The Delayed Album Curse Be Lifted?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:03am

If we now know about albums languishing in the clutches of major labels, are they more likely to see the light of day? Will they be any good when they get here?

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Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Hostage Policy

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:00am

The administration revealed the review just after the Islamic State took responsibility for killing a third American citizen. It is not clear whether the U.S. will reconsider its no-ransom policy.

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German Town Uses Neo-Nazi March For Its Benefit

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:48am

Since residents couldn't stop the annual march, officials had it sponsored. For every mile the Nazis marched, companies donated to a support group for neo-Nazis who want out.

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'Orange County Register' Reporters Deliver The News

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:29am

The century old daily has asked for volunteers in the newsroom after a cost-cutting change in distributors. The job description for reporters, in addition to reporting, distribute up to 600 papers.

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A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:03am

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.

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Secret Lives Of Teachers: 'Bored Of Education'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:03am

Our series continues with a school administrator who fuses his talent for rapping with his passion for education.

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Attack On Jerusalem Synagogue Leaves Four Dead

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:54am

Assailants armed with a gun, knives and axes attacked worshippers at a Jerusalem Synagogue during morning prayers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond "with a heavy hand."

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