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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Holiday Story of the Day

Feb 14, 2008 — For Valentine's Day, there's the heart-shaped candy, the chocolate kiss, and the hickey? We talk to an array of people about the "love bite" and find that some hold this special kind of bruise close to their heart, while others are appalled by the very word.
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Aug 12, 2013 — When people think of U.S. history, they often jump to the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. But a new archaeological discovery shows just how far inland Spanish explorers traveled, decades before the English arrived. Kenneth C. Davis talks about some of the hidden Spanish history in the U.S.
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Jan 20, 2013 — The Smithsonian recently uncovered the menu from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural ball, and it provides an interesting look at how different the celebrations were just 148 years ago.
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Nov 23, 2011 — A cook's secrets are meant to stay in the kitchen — and many chefs feel that their techniques and special ingredients are their own property. Luckily, Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen is happy to share his secrets, as he offers tips to make a great Thanksgiving meal.
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Dec 18, 2010 — Saturday is the annual "Boar's Head Gaudy" at Queens College at Oxford University. Every year right before Christmas, the college invites alumni to the dinner, which begins with the pomp and circumstance of bearing a boar's head on a platter. It's a party that goes back about 600 years. Host Scott Simon speaks with Elaine Fantham, professor emerita of classics at Princeton University, about the ancient rituals and traditions that inspire holiday celebrations.
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May 1, 2010 — Women are always daughters. They may or may not become wives, professionals or mothers, but they are always somebody's daughter and wondering what their mother might think of them. On this weekend before Mother's Day, we talk with Patti Davis, daughter of former first lady Nancy Reagan. Host Scott Simon talks with Davis, who's new book is The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us: Prominent Women Discuss the Complex, Humorous, and Ultimately Loving Relationships They Have with Their Mothers.
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Dec 20, 2009 — In the heart of Akron, Ohio, archeologists have unearthed what they believe to be America's oldest toy Santa. Host Liane Hansen talks with Michael Cohill of the Akron Marble Museum about the discovery.
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May 10, 2009 — Legions of women will have little time to mark Mother's Day this year. They will be busy working weekend jobs as they step up to being their families' primary wage earners.
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May 9, 2009 — On Sunday all sorts of mothers will be opening Mother's Day cards and presents. Well, not quite all sorts. Animal mothers deserve some recognition on this maternal holiday, too, so here are some stories of remarkable animal moms.
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Dec 27, 2008 — Joseph and Mary got off the bus in Detroit. He had worked as a carpenter for 20 years, but lost his job. His pension was invested with Bernard Madoff, and there was no federal bailout for carpenters. He and Mary had no place to live, and Mary was pregnant.
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