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Friday's Stories November 27, 2015

Books To Give As Gifts This Year

If you're looking to give a book to a friend or family member this holiday, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer shares her picks.

Cruz Surges, Trump Stands Firm On 'Cheering Muslims' 9/11 Claim

Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News and Jay Newton-Small of Time magazine join us for our weekly look at the race for 2016.

What To Expect At The Paris Climate Summit

Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists explains the key issues, as leaders from more than 190 nations prepare to gather.

Movies To See This Holiday Season

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Climate Change Winners And Losers

The man who coined the term "biological diversity" back in 1980 explains that while many species will suffer, some will do well and adapt.

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Chicago Man, 27, Charged In Fatal Shooting Of 9-Year-Old

The police superintendent said the boy was killed as part of a dispute between warring gangs, and he pledged to obliterate the gangs.

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Justice Breyer: Supreme Court Must Look Beyond U.S. Borders

The court interprets the constitutionality of U.S. law, but 20 percent of the cases have an international component.

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Active Shooter Reported Near Planned Parenthood Clinic

Police say they are unsure about the location of a shooter in an attack in Colorado Springs that left three officers injured.

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Diabetes Education Is Critical, But Not Always Easy To Get

Most states require insurers cover some diabetes education, but it can be confusing for patients to figure out what it will cost them.

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For Twist On Tradition, Try Mexican Mole Sauce On Turkey Leftovers

Legend has it that the sauce made with chili peppers and chocolate was created in 16th century Mexico to season a turkey dish.

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Daby Touré, Musician Inspired By African Diaspora

The Mauritanian singer-songwriter's peripatetic childhood exposed him to a cosmopolitan mix of languages, cultures and music.

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Checking In On Greece's Debt Crisis

There has been good news for the Greek economy this week – $2 billion of good news. That was the latest infusion of bailout loans.

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Documenting The History Of Connecticut River Log Drives

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, logs up to 30 feet long were floated downriver to sawmills in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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November 24 3 Comments

Sam Sifton’s Tips For A Happy, Delicious Thanksgiving For All

The New York Times' food editor talks about his favorite dishes and how to accommodate everyone without going crazy.

November 23 3 Comments

James Taylor Is ‘Gobsmacked’ By Medal Of Freedom Honor

The five-time Grammy winner looks back on his career, ahead of receiving the country's highest civilian honor.

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How To Travel While Black During Jim Crow

A postal worker created a guide for black travelers that was published almost every year from 1936 to 1966.

November 20 7 Comments

The Obama Administration’s Strategy In The Fight Against ISIS

The president's special envoy to Global Coalition to Counter ISIL discusses the administration's strategy against the militant group.

November 20 25 Comments

The Language Of Counterterrorism: Is Obama Striking The Right Tone?

President Obama has been careful about how he frames terrorist attacks and the fight against extremism. Some say too careful.

November 19 3 Comments

Paris Journalist: On The Walls It’s Written ‘We Are Not Afraid.’ But We Are.

Following the coordinated attacks on the city last week, attempts at resuming normal life have not been easy for Parisians.

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Sugar Vs. Corn Syrup: A Bittersweet Legal Battle

In a Los Angeles courtroom, sugar producers are suing members of the high fructose corn syrup industry.

November 18 6 Comments

Burt Reynolds Looks Back On His Life And Career In New Memoir

As the title "But Enough About Me" implies, the book also contains many of his memories about people he's met along the way.


Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 26 8 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

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One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.