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12:00 PM EST Comment

Turkey Takes Center Stage In Global Economy, Middle East

Turkey’s economy is growing about as quickly as China’s. But analysts are watching nervously, because of Turkey’s history of booms and busts, and also because or Turkey’s newfound role as a player in the Middle East.

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Irish Town Gussies Up For President Obama’s Visit

Residents of the town of Moneygall are busy spiffing up and rehearsing for President Obama’s visit next week. See a slideshow from the first US presidential visit to Ireland by JFK, and hear about his itinerary.

12:00 PM EST 19 Comments

‘Child’s Song': An Anthem For Moving On From Singer Tom Rush

We speak with singer-songwriter Tom Rush about his 1970 version of “Child’s Song”, written by Canadian folk singer, Murray McLauchlan. In the past 40 years, it’s become an anthem for graduation and other rites of passage.

12:00 PM EST 16 Comments

Church Sex Abuse Report Blames ’60s Culture

Researchers commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic Bishops are blaming widespread clergy sex abuse on the cultural and sexual upheavals of the 1960s.

12:00 PM EST 4 Comments

Blackwater Founder Sets Up Private Army For UAE

A company formed by Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, is working for the United Arab Emirates, setting up a private army that would defend the country against terrorists and quash internal revolts.

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Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.

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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 4 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."