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Rundown for November 19, 2012
12:06 PM EST Comment

Gaza Death Toll Rises, Diplomats Try To Avoid Ground War

Both Israeli officials and representatives of Hamas, which governs Gaza, have been speaking behind the scenes with Egyptian diplomats about conditions for a ceasefire.

12:15 PM EST 4 Comments

Syrian Americans Press For Regime Change

Michigan surgeon Abdelmajid Jondy recently returned to his native Syria to provide care in opposition strongholds. His American daughter is a member of the Syrian National Council.

12:35 PM EST 17 Comments

What Really Killed Hostess Brands?

Hostess Brands will start selling off its assets on Monday. We take a look at what brought down the iconic 82-year-old maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread.

12:40 PM EST 2 Comments

Athletes Find Quick, Easy College Credits Online

A small community college in Oklahoma is one of the schools offering two-week online courses that some athletes are turning to when they need quick credits to stay eligible.

12:50 PM EST 8 Comments

What’s In A Twinkie?

All the talk about the possible loss of the Twinkie got us thinking about our 2007 interview with Steve Ettlinger, who set out on a quest to learn about the contents of the yellow snack food.

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

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

November 20 Comment

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19 11 Comments

New Film Revisits The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

The Penn State assistant football coach will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but that's not the end of the story.

November 19 221 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.