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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Feb 22, 2014 — A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot - and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.
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Nov 13, 2013 — Indian pudding, the traditional New England dessert, is rich in both history and flavor. It's made by combining cornmeal and milk with molasses. Food historians say it's one of the first truly American recipes.
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Jun 7, 2013 — Friday's holiday wasn't the brain child of doughnut vendors trying to push their sugary, deep-fried treats (though some will give them to you for free). The holiday stems from the wartime volunteer service of "dough girls" — and even helped to lighten the dark days of Vietnam POWs.
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Jun 4, 2013 — Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation in a ceremony Tuesday at Westminster Cathedral. But the event also marks the anniversary of a cold chicken-and-curry dish that is the culinary equivalent of the famous British stiff upper lip.
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Mar 10, 2013 — With only about 1,000 full-blooded Hawaiians left in the world, preserving native island culture is a huge challenge. One way to do this: teach students and other island residents the ancient art of making poi, a dish that's been feeding native Hawaiians for centuries.
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Sep 16, 2012 — New Nordic cuisine is not just a tweak on old Scandinavian food, it's a whole new method, fans say. Two restaurants and a nonprofit experimental lab are on the forefront of this trend that brings locally grown, seasonal food and high-tech food science together.
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Sep 16, 2012 — Processed wild rice dominates grocery store shelves, but around the Great Lakes, Native Americans still harvest it the same way their ancestors did centuries ago. This weekend, the Wild Rice Festival in Rosemont, Minn., celebrates the tradition.
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Aug 28, 2012 — If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
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Aug 27, 2012 — Mormon food culture comes from spiritual teachings and the pioneering ways of a new religion in a new country as it evolved westward. Knowing more about it may provide some insights into the personal beliefs of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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Aug 25, 2012 — Finding a good-sized, inexpensive barrel, previously used to age bourbon, is not so easy, as a hot sauce maker on the hunt found out. But they can be found, and when they are, these barrels experience a remarkable afterlife.
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