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5:59pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:31 pm

A helicopter's eye view of a new ETU, funded by USAID and built by Save the Children.
Kelly McEvers NPR

The Ebola outbreak started in rural areas, but by June it had reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

By August, the number of people contracting the Ebola virus in the country was doubling every week. The Liberian government and aid workers begged for help.

Enter the U.S. military, who along with other U.S. agencies had a clear plan in mid-September to build more Ebola treatment units, or ETUs. At least one would be built in the major town of each of Liberia's 15 counties. That way, sick patients in those counties wouldn't bring more Ebola to the capital.

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5:10pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:17 pm

A police officer in Ferguson, Mo., stands guard as protests turned violent following Monday night's announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
David Goldman AP

For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury's decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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5:08pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Ferguson Pastor: 'It Is A Challenge To Be Hopeful'

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Pastor Willis Johnson from Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Mo., about the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case and the reactions he sees in his community. Read Pastor Willis Johnson's sermon for this coming Sunday, "Disgrace and Grace."

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5:08pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Author Interviews

Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:31 pm

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Riverhead

Karl Wildman was the hero of his family — he escaped Vienna at the start of World War II and became a successful doctor in the United States. When Karl died, his granddaughter Sarah Wildman found a hidden trove of love letters from a woman Karl left behind in Vienna.

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5:08pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class For 150 In A Cowshed

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:26 pm

Aansoo Kohli is running a makeshift class in a cowshed for children who have no access to school.
Abdul Sattar for NPR

Every day, shortly after breakfast, more than 150 noisy and eager-eyed kids, coated in dust from top to toe, troop into a mud cowshed in a sun-baked village among the cotton fields of southern Pakistan. The shed is no larger than the average American garage; the boys and girls squeeze together, knee-to-knee, on the dirt floor.

Words scrawled on a wooden plank hanging outside proudly proclaim this hovel to be a "school," although the pupils have no tables, chairs, shelves, maps or wall charts — let alone laptops, water coolers or lunch boxes.

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5:08pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Around the Nation

At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:29 pm

A worker cleans up glass outside a Quiznos restaurant that was damaged during a demonstration Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Residents and business owners in Ferguson, Mo., awoke Tuesday morning to assess the damage done to their neighborhoods. In the aftermath of the grand jury's decision Monday night not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, many business were vandalized and some were destroyed.

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5:07pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Missouri Governor Adds 'Significantly' To National Guard In Ferguson

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:43 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said that parts of Ferguson were "a heartbreaking sight" Tuesday, with residents afraid to go outside.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

"The violence we saw in areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, announcing that he is sending hundreds more members of the National Guard to the city that saw intense looting on Monday night.

"Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community," Nixon said, "burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing storefronts, and looting family businesses — many for the second time."

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4:58pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

The Psychological Effects Of Seeing Police Everywhere In Ferguson

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:31 am

A police officer guards a closed street where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

After a night of unrest and violence, police are posted at every intersection in Ferguson, Mo. National Guard troops man camouflaged Humvees in strip mall parking lots. The governor ordered more. Is it making the community feel safer?

One thing's for sure: It's keeping people from moving about as they normally would during this holiday week.

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4:55pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Affordable housing condo buyer Marilyn Phillips says she had to jump many hoops before purchasing her unit in D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood.
Courtesy of Manna Inc.

In Washington, D.C., a city with one of the highest costs of living in the nation, low-income residents are having trouble buying affordable housing — not because of a lack of it, but because of all the red tape.

Nearly 1 in 5 D.C. residents lives at or below the poverty line.

D.C. real estate developer Buwa Binitie offers affordable housing units as well as market-rate condos and says his rental properties can get snapped up quickly but the for-sale properties take a whole lot longer.

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4:16pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:34 pm

Agent Illustrateur Getty Images/Ikon Images

As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere.

Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued in early November.

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4:01pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles: No Decision Yet On Wilson's Job

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:31 am

Police officer Darren Wilson's "current employment status has not changed," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says, speaking one day after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Saying that an internal affairs investigation into the August incident in which Wilson shot Brown to death is continuing, Knowles added that he couldn't go into more specifics than to say Wilson remains on administrative leave.

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3:46pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Documents: The Physical Evidence

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:53 pm

This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday shows Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown.
AP

We've already touched on Officer Darren Wilson's testimony and that of the dozens of people who testified as witnesses in front of the grand jury in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Now let's look at some of the physical evidence:

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3:43pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Florida Woman In 'Stand Your Ground' Case Accepts Plea Deal

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:23 pm

Lawyer Bruce Zimet comforts Marissa Alexander during a hearing Monday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bruce Lipsky AP

A Florida woman who once had been sentenced to 20 years in a case that invoked the state's "stand your ground" law has accepted a plea deal that will see her released from prison in January.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., was accused of firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and two of his children during a domestic dispute in 2010. She was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, convicted and sentenced under Florida's mandatory minimum guidelines.

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3:28pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Parallels

Amid Violence, Iraq Fractures Again Along Religious Lines

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:06 pm

An Iraqi child, whose family fled from Islamic State violence in the northern city of Mosul, stands outside a tent that serves as a school in the southern city of Najaf on Sunday. Some 2 million Iraqis have been driven from their homes by fighting this year.
Alaa Al-Marjani Reuters/Landov

The shrine of Imam Ali in the Iraqi city of Najaf is a vast gold-domed edifice, where Shiite Muslims from all over the world gather to pray.

But just a few minutes drive away, are travelers of a different, shabbier kind. A long row of cinder block and sheet metal buildings is draped in bright flags with religious slogans. Usually, these are for pilgrims to sleep in. But right now, they're spilling over with displaced Iraqi families.

"It's tough for the children," says Zaira Raqib, a mother of four of them. "We know we're displaced, but they don't understand."

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2:50pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

Drugged Marshmallows Can Keep Urban Raccoons From Spreading Disease

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:35 pm

Does this little guy look familiar? Clean up his feces in your yard to avoid infection from his parasites.
iStockphoto

The masked garbage crusaders of the night can be more than just a nuisance. Raccoons also can be bad news for human health, carrying diseases such as rabies and roundworms.

And because raccoons have happily colonized cities and suburbs, a particular roundworm called Baylisascaris procyonis that the critters often carry can make its way into humans. The parasite's eggs are carried in raccoon poop.

When ingested, the eggs release the worm, which can burrow into the eyes and brain causing blindness or even death, in rare cases.

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2:42pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Movie Reviews

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

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2:42pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Author Interviews

In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

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2:42pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Music

Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

In the record industry, it's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them. He's narrowed down his list of goodies to these four: A Merry Friggin' Christmas soundtrack, Christmas at Downton Abby, Earth Wind and Fire's Holiday and the Living Sisters' Harmony is Real.

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1:16pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:35 pm

A pharmacist pours Truvada pills, an HIV treatment, back into the bottle at Jack's Pharmacy in San Anselmo, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

About two-thirds of Americans who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren't getting treated for it.

The finding comes from an analysis just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more needs to be done to make sure people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus get proper treatment.

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12:13pm

Tue November 25, 2014
The Salt

Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:05 pm

Brittanie Reed and her mother, Wendy Fitt, the two pastry chefs behind Snickety Snacks, took their inspiration for these sugar cookies from a series of Beatles finger puppets by the artist Hanasaurusrex.
Abram Landes/Courtesy of Snickety Snacks

Chocolate chip. Oatmeal raisin. Snickerdoodle.

When it comes to cookies, these are the classics. They aren't the prettiest confections in the bakery case, but you don't feel guilty about gobbling them until only crumbs remain.

You will probably hesitate, however, about nibbling on an edge of one of the artfully decorated sugar cookies from Snickety Snacks.

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11:26am

Tue November 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:25 am

You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.

We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.

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11:09am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

'New York Times' Hires Former NPR Executive To Lead Digital Push

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:39 pm

Stephen Voss NPR

The New York Times has named former top NPR executive Kinsey Wilson to help its digital news efforts.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet appointed Wilson to be one of his top deputies in the newly created role of editor for innovation and strategy, the newspaper announced Tuesday morning.

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10:52am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Documents: What The Witnesses Saw

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:06 pm

Leading up to a grand jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, witness testimony has been hotly debated.

The big question has always been whether Wilson felt threatened and whether Michael Brown had his hands up when Wilson opened fire. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch hinted last night that some of the more believable testimony showed that Brown was charging officer Wilson.

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10:02am

Tue November 25, 2014
It's All Politics

Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:15 am

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Mo., in August, where he met with elected and police officials and community members.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Attorney General Eric Holder says "far more must be done to create enduring trust" between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.

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9:52am

Tue November 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:55 am

For young people, turning 21 is generally a reason to celebrate.

If they're insured through the federal health insurance marketplace that operates in about three-dozen states, however, their birthday could mean a whopping 58 percent jump in their health insurance premium in 2015, according to an analysis by researchers at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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7:23am

Tue November 25, 2014
Secret Lives Of Teachers

Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:13 am

Chris Pearce/Teaching Comics

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

It's a typical day at Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio. For review, Chris Pearce asks his English class to name the parts of speech.

"Pronoun!' one student responds.
"Proverb! That's one, right?" says another.
"Proverb?"

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7:11am

Tue November 25, 2014
Europe

Hotel Looking For Guests With Social Media Clout

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:02 am

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7:11am

Tue November 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Piano In 'Casablanca' Sells For $3.4 Million

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:02 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with news from "Casablanca."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CASABLANCA")

INGRID BERGMAN: (As Isla) Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake.

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7:11am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Documents: Officer Darren Wilson's Testimony

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 1:48 pm

This photo, provided by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office, shows Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson shortly after his encounter with Michael Brown. A grand jury declined Monday to charge Wilson with killing 18-year-old Brown.
Reuters/Landov

Update at 9:00 a.m.

Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, told a grand jury in September that the 18-year-old hit him in the face with a fist following an exchange between them on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

The grand jury on Monday declined to charge Wilson, who is white, in the killing of Brown, who was black.

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6:56am

Tue November 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Documents: How The Grand Jury Reached A Decision

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:25 am

Police guard the Ferguson police department as rioting erupts following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on Monday in Ferguson, Mo.
Scott Olson Getty Images

After sitting through hours of testimony and reading through thousands of pages of documents, a grand jury decided that there was not enough probable cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

Their decision, like the shooting that led up to all this, sparked violent protests overnight in Ferguson, Mo.

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