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3:24pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Europe

Tough Times Spark Russian Resurgence In Latvia

In September, the pro-Russia Harmony Center party won parliamentary elections in Latvia. But the governing coalition has left the party on the sidelines. Supporters of the Harmony Center party protest in front of the Parliament building during its opening session in Riga on Oct. 17. The banner reads: "No to ethnic discrimination."
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Of all the economic downturns of the past few years, the tiny European nation of Latvia may have suffered as much as any place. Incomes fell and families suffered as the government implemented harsh austerity measures.

Now, the citizens of this former Soviet republic seem more open to what was once unthinkable: backing a social democratic party that's pro-Russian.

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3:09pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Around the Nation

In Joplin, Appreciating The 'Thanks' At Thanksgiving

Carrie Cook and her two young sons escaped their Joplin, Mo., apartment just before a tornado obliterated it and most everything inside in May. Now, Cook's small house is one of 10 that Habitat for Humanity is putting up in Joplin this month.
Frank Morris for NPR

For a lot of the people in Joplin, Mo., this Thanksgiving is going to be one more to endure than to celebrate. But new dreams are slowly taking root in the rocky soil here.

While the losses from last May's tornado have been terrible, they've left a lot of people here more grateful to be alive than they were last Thanksgiving. Some residents are deeply grateful for what the storm didn't take, and even for what it gave them.

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2:11pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Books

Bailey White's Thanksgiving Story: 'Call It Even'

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It's been an All Things Considered Thanksgiving tradition since 1991— a Bailey White original short story. Over the years, White's stories have included tales about a rose queen, a telephone man, an ostrich farmer and a wife exacting revenge. This year, White presents "Call It Even." It's about a shy painter who moves from Florida to Vermont and wants to feel like he fits in — so he raises a dozen turkeys.

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2:00pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Music Interviews

Ingrid Gerdes: A Tomboy With Soul

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 5:28 pm

Ingrid Gerdes says she is influenced by Southern soul-blues.
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Originally from Springfield, Mo., "the Ozarks area of Missouri," Ingrid Gerdes is a neo-soul performer out of Boston, but she considers herself a Southern singer. Her latest album is titled Shed.

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12:27pm

Thu November 24, 2011
From Our Listeners

Those Who Can't Be With Us On Thanksgiving

The son or daughter who can't get away. A nephew who is serving in Afghanistan. Perhaps, the favorite aunt who passed away. Guest host John Donvan talks with listeners about the people missing from their Thanksgiving table, and how they remember absent family and friends.

12:23pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Food

Adam Gopnik: 'The Table Comes First'

What goes on the dining table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around it, says Adam Gopnik, a staff writer for The New Yorker. Guest host John Donvan talks with Gopnik about his new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.

12:02pm

Thu November 24, 2011
StoryCorps' National Day Of Listening

National Day Of Listening: Thank Your Teacher

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 12:30 pm

In 2008, the oral history project StoryCorps started the National Day of Listening, a day when Americans are encouraged to record an interview with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving.

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12:00pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Music

Encore: From Mary Mary, 'Something Big'

With their uplifting lyrics and blend of different genres, award-winning duo Mary Mary has reigned over the modern gospel scene for more than a decade. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with sisters Erica and Tina Campbell about faith, music and the inspiration behind their latest album Something Big.

12:00pm

Thu November 24, 2011
On Aging

What Elders Know That The Rest Of Us Don't

Karl Pillemer's new book 30 Lessons for Living results from an effort to collect wisdom from more than 1,200 older Americans. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with Pillemer and Helene Rosenblatt, one of the elders featured in the book, about what we can learn from our elders and why we don't listen to them more often.

12:00pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Your Money

On Black Friday, How To Shop But Not Drop

Americans spend more money shopping than the other 47 weeks of the year combined. It all starts on Black Friday. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with consumer credit expert John Ulzheimer about how to shop for the holidays and avoid the financial hangover.

12:00pm

Thu November 24, 2011
Arts & Life

Strict Standards At 'Harvard Of Santa Schools'

Some may think that working as Santa Claus at the mall is easy, but a shabby red suit and cheap fake beard don't cut it for teachers at the Charles W. Howard Santa School. The school seeks students with outstanding morals and the motivation to make each interaction with children magical. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with owners Tom and Holly Valent.

10:41am

Thu November 24, 2011
Music Interviews

Rocker Nick Lowe Still Has 'The Old Magic'

Nick Lowe
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This interview was originally broadcast on September 15, 2011.

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9:45am

Thu November 24, 2011
NPR Story

Signed, SEALed And Delivered — With Love

They battle international villains. And "when it comes to giving away their hearts, they'll risk everything." That's according to "SEAL of my Dreams, a short story collection by 18 romance novelists, celebrating Navy SEALS. Story titles include "SEALed with A Kiss," "SEALed by Fate" — you get the idea. Proceeds from the book will fund medical research for wounded veterans.

9:45am

Thu November 24, 2011
NPR Story

Italy's Parliament Bans 'Personal Images' Of Itself

Facing a financial crisis that threatens Europe, Italy's lower house of parliament got down to important business. They passed a rule to save themselves from themselves. Photographers use long lenses to capture lawmakers making rude gestures, passing notes — or voting for absent colleagues, a practice that has been called "playing the piano," as they press several buttons at once. So, lawmakers have banned photographers from taking "personal images."

7:21am

Thu November 24, 2011
National Security

U.S. Easing Out Of Nation-Building Business

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 5:12 pm

A U.S. Marine pushes a child on a swing in southern Afghanistan on March 4. After a decade of nation-building in Afghanistan, and nearly as long in Iraq, the U.S. appears to be losing it appetite for such efforts.
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Nation-building has gone out of style.

The U.S. effort in Afghanistan has lasted a decade, and it's been nearly as long in Iraq. Now, there's little appetite in American political circles for large-scale attempts to build up the economies or political institutions of other countries.

Most U.S. troops will be pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year. And the Obama administration has been careful not to take on responsibility for rebuilding Libya after the NATO bombing campaign that helped drive Moammar Gadhafi from power.

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7:00am

Thu November 24, 2011
The Record

On Commercial Radio, Christmas Is Coming Early

Christmas music superstar Bing Crosby performing in 1977, back when the season, at least on the radio, started after Thanksgiving.
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If it seems like you're hearing more Christmas music on the radio these days, it's not your imagination. More stations have been going all-Christmas — and they're doing it earlier than ever.

The reason is simple: Christmas music makes ratings go through the roof.

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6:55am

Thu November 24, 2011
Politics

David Frum Asks, 'When Did The GOP Lose Touch?'

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 11:01 am

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Republican David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is seriously upset with the state of his party. He's written an article in the current New York magazine, titled "When Did the GOP Lose Touch with Reality?"

As he tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, one of Frum's complaints is the idea that his fellow Republicans insist on having their own set of facts.

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6:54am

Thu November 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Map: How Travelers, Expatriates And Service Members Spend Thanksgiving

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:52 am

Thanksgiving has all the makings of a uniquely American tradition: parades, football, pumpkin pie, roasted turkey. But for Americans living in other countries, observing the traditional way can be a challenge. We asked those who will be abroad this Thanksgiving how they'll be spending the holiday — and what changes they'll have to make to their celebrations. We received more than 1,200 responses from our Facebook followers. Some of the most common issues? Finding an inexpensive turkey or locating canned pumpkin. Here's a sample of what you said. Responses have been edited for space.

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6:16am

Thu November 24, 2011
NPR Story

'Prince and The Show Girl'

In 1956, two icons — Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier — got together in London to make a movie, The Prince and the Showgirl. It was a comedy about the lonely Prince Regent of Carpathia, who meets a flirty American showgirl. The film was a royal flop. Now a new movie, My Week With Marilyn, recounts the miserable time had by all on the set. It's the story of one week during the film shoot, with behind-the-scenes clashes, misaligned acting styles, and the pursuit of personal ambitions. Michelle Williams plays Monroe and Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier.

5:54am

Thu November 24, 2011
NPR Story

Bond Worries Reveal The Depths Of Europe's Crisis

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 11:01 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The cost of borrowing is the best way to gauge the severity of Europe's crisis. Here's Zoe Chace of NPR's Planet Money team.

ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Andrew Balls has a front seat to the European debt crisis. That's because he's someone who lends money to European countries. He's at one of the biggest bond outfits in the world: PIMCO. He says, if you look back over the course of the year, there is one moment that stands out, a tipping point.

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5:30am

Thu November 24, 2011
NPR Story

A Wary Truce Emerges In Egypt

In Egypt, intense clashes between protestors and security forces overnight raised the death toll from recent violence to at least 40. But both sides appear to be observing a truce this morning, with protestors who are pouring into the square limiting their actions to chants against Egypt's military rulers. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have been protesting since last Friday, demanding the ruling military council step aside.

5:30am

Thu November 24, 2011
Middle East

In Bahrain, Report Details Abuses During Uprising

The U.S. State Department says it's urging the government of the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain to act on the findings of a major human rights report that has just been issued. That report details the abuses that took place during and after a mass uprising in Bahrain that was styled after movements in Tunisia and Egypt. The report was commissioned by the government itself and assembled by a team of international legal experts. But it remains to be seen whether it will lead to real reform and dialogue between the ruling Sunni monarchy and the Shiite majority.

6:32pm

Wed November 23, 2011
NPR Story

Spain's Next Leader Is Urged To Get An Early Start

In Spain, last weekend's election victory by austerity-minded conservatives hasn't done much to quell volatile markets. It's been a rude awakening for Spain's next prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, who's under pressure to enact reforms quickly — even before he takes office next month.

6:24pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Around the Nation

TSA Nears A Goal: Letting You Keep Your Shoes On

Nearly 3.5 million holiday travelers are expected to board planes this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Many dread the long lines and invasive procedures of security checkpoints. Hoping to improve the experience, the Transportation Security Administration is working on a device that would let passengers keep their shoes on through security checks.

6:13pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Politics

Huntsman Struggles For Traction In New Hampshire

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 11:01 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Most candidates see a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary as important. For Republican Jon Huntsman, it's essential. The former Utah governor has staked his whole campaign on the New Hampshire primary. New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers reports.

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5:38pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Google Scraps Renewable Energy Initiative

With a small mention on its blog, Google officially scrapped a project, which sought to drive down the cost of renewable energy.

"At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level. So we've published our results to help others in the field continue to advance the state of power tower technology, and we've closed our efforts," Google said on its official blog.

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5:20pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Mitt Romney

Romney To Iowans: 'The Country Counts On You'

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 8:13 am

Mitt Romney, shown with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, speaks to Nationwide Insurance employees Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Thune, once considered a potential candidate himself, has endorsed Romney in the GOP race for the presidential nomination.
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Mitt Romney was campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday, raising his flag a bit higher in the state that begins the presidential nominating process with its caucuses on Jan. 3.

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5:05pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

NFL's Thanksgiving Day Lineup: Grudge Matches, Not 'Turkeys'

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 11:01 am

With five of Thursday's six teams owning winning records, the NFL's 2011 Thanksgiving Day games are creating some anticipation. In Atlanta, a fan got into the holiday spirit last week, wearing a turkey/referee hat.
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With six weeks left in the NFL's regular season, the league's traditional Thanksgiving Day Classic games have football fans excited. Almost all of the teams involved are having strong seasons. And if the day's three games have a common theme, it could be "grudge match."

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5:01pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists Bag Small Game In Bathroom Germ Safari

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:03 pm

Right this way, ladies and germs.
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Turns out Howard Hughes was right. The world is a very germy place, especially public restrooms.

The reclusive billionaire, who had the world's most notorious case of so-called germophobia, would go to just about any length to avoid contamination. He wore tissue boxes on his feet. He burned his clothing if someone near him got sick. He wrote careful instructions to his staff on how to open a can of peaches without contaminating them.

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4:28pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Planet Money

Boom Town, U.S.A.

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Brandi and Kaylee plan to open a truck repair shop when they graduate from high school.
Robert Smith NPR

In the small-town of Elko, ambition looks like high-heel suede booties on the floor of the auto shop at the local high school.

Brandi and Kaylee look like the Olsen twins. And they're the best auto-shop students at Elko High. The girls have a plan. Everyday out the school window, they see trucks heading up to the gold mines. Day and night. So, the girls figure, why not open a truck repair shop after they graduate?

"In Elko we've been really blessed and really lucky to actually have a good economy," Kaylee says. "We can actually have our hopes and dreams."

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