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Racial Disparities In Arrests Are Prevalent, But Cause Isn't Clear

npr.org — Ferguson, Mo., continues to watch and wait as a grand jury decides whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's death was the spark for the mass protests in Ferguson, but many of the city's black population say the problems go deeper, and that they are unfairly singled out by police.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @nprnews: Our interview with @bradheath about racial disparities in arrests across the country: n.pr/11M5Ppv

Nov 23, 2014

RT @nprnews: Our interview with @bradheath about racial disparities in arrests across the country: n.pr/11M5Ppv

Nov 23, 2014

RT @nprnews: Our interview with @bradheath about racial disparities in arrests across the country: n.pr/11M5Ppv

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

npr.org — Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20 th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween. People - young and old - got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils.

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

npr.org — Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78. The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C.

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

npr.org — The people of Reading, Pennsylvania, didn't have the same compassion that Charlie Brown had. A 50-foot spruce tree - called "nasty," "pathetic" and "ugly" - will be replaced with a prettier pine. As the AP reports, the tree was put up by the city in a public space and the complaints started immediately.
Nov 23, 2014

Via @nprnews: Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town n.pr/1FfKzFP #ReadingPA

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

npr.org — Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. Disgusted by the thought of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and confused by the pardoning of turkeys who've committed no crimes, Dearden talked with several experts in the field, and got some answers to his questions.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @nprnews: How did marshmallows end up on your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes? @NPRWeekend looks at some holiday traditions. npr.org/2014/11/23/365…

TED Radio Hour : NPR

npr.org — Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes.

With Deadline Looming, Whispers Of Extension Begin In Iran Nuclear Talks

npr.org — With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers less than 24 hours away, the negotiators have started talking about a second extension. Quoting unnamed State Department officials, Reuters and the Associated Press report that Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, on Sunday and discussed the possibility of extending negotiations past the Monday deadline.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @nprnews: With Deadline Looming, Whispers Of Extension Begin In Iran Nuclear Talks n.pr/1xoqatO

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

npr.org — The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty - unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

Running Late? Nah, Just On 'CPT'

npr.org — In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. Back when Code Switch was just a zygote, we spent a day holed up in a teeny room tossing around different names we could call ourselves.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @nprnews: It's a polarizing term: "Colored People's Time." But many love it, because it seems like every culture has a version: npr.org/blogs/codeswit…

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

npr.org — In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married. After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together.
Nov 23, 2014

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce n.pr/1FanAO6

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

npr.org — Religious leaders await a grand jury's decision in St. Louis. Many faith leaders there have been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

npr.org — New York's MTA is planning a new campaign to encourage courtesy on subways. NPR's Rachel Martin gets dos and don'ts from Jake Dobkin, who writes Gothamist.com's Ask A Native New Yorker column.
Nov 23, 2014

. @jakedobkin on subway etiquette—manspreading "is the tip of a very disgusting iceberg of bad behavior" npr.org/2014/11/23/366…

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

npr.org — A 12-year-old boy carrying a toy gun has died after a Cleveland Police officer opened fire on Saturday. According to a statement, police received a call warning of someone pointing a gun at people near a playground "Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands," police say.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @TaraSkurtu: Again? No words for this: 12-Yr-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots n.pr/1FgpGfn @nprnews #TamirRice

In NPR And AP Cosby Interviews, A 'No Comment' That Said Everything

npr.org — When Bill Cosby sat down on Nov. 6 to do interviews with several journalists inside the galleries of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, he may have felt he was in a safe space - there to talk only about an exhibit based on his own collection of art.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @DCArtBeat: More details and explanation here via @nprnews: In NPR And AP Cosby Interviews, A 'No Comment' That Said Everything n.pr/11EEFki

Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: My NPR column: How the definition of news shifted on Cosby - and sent AP scrambling over a "no comment" npr.org/2014/11/21/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: My NPR column: How the definition of news shifted on Cosby - and sent AP scrambling over a "no comment" npr.org/2014/11/21/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @NPRrussell: "The AP hid nothing in terms of content--and yet the full context wasn't present." Bill Cosby. npr.org/2014/11/21/365… by @davidfolkenflik

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UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

npr.org — Citing "great sorrow, great rage" and "great determination," University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says she's suspending all the school's fraternities until Jan. 9. The move comes days after a Rolling Stone article in which a woman described being gang-raped when she was a freshman in 2012.

After Backlash, Computer Engineer Barbie Gets New Set Of Skills

npr.org — Women in the technology field have faced all manner of insults, including, most recently, GamerGate, which highlighted sexism and harassment in video game culture. This week, another insult - from a seemingly more benign source - set off a loud online cry of: "Are you kidding me?"
Nov 22, 2014

RT @tessvigeland: RT @nprnews: With the help of some women programmers, Barbie learned how to be a computer engineer w/o help of boys. npr.org/2014/11/22/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @tessvigeland: RT @nprnews: With the help of some women programmers, Barbie learned how to be a computer engineer w/o help of boys. npr.org/2014/11/22/365…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @nprnews: With the help of some women programmers, Barbie learned how to be a computer engineer without the help of boys. npr.org/2014/11/22/365…

Tiny Desk Concert : NPR

npr.org — The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music. Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, for years a guy who's turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in.

Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

npr.org — Winter is creeping down on northern Pakistan from the Himalayan Mountains. The skies are cloudless and bright blue. The air is as cool and refreshing as champagne. This is the season for swaddling yourself in a big woolen shawl. And it's also the season when Pakistanis try not to ...
Nov 23, 2014

Mashallah. "Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustard Birds" n.pr/1taDNv4

Nov 22, 2014

RT @sarahhandel: (awesome Yale Prize-winning limerick sent in by a listener after hearing this piece: npr.org/blogs/parallel…)

Nov 22, 2014

(awesome Yale Prize-winning limerick sent in by a listener after hearing this piece: npr.org/blogs/parallel…)

Nov 22, 2014

In Pakistan, they try not to let the bustards get them down. (Yep, you read that right.) Coming up on @NPRweekend & n.pr/1taDNv4

'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody'

npr.org — When an assisted living home in California shut down last fall, many of its residents were left behind, with nowhere to go. The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid - except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @Coops_tv: RT @hunterw: This is an incredible story. These guys are heroes. npr.org/2014/11/21/365… | Wow. Very moving....

Nov 22, 2014

RT @Msashleymoss: Via @nprnews: 'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody' n.pr/1F4bcNH | grateful for those who are led by honor and compassion

Nov 22, 2014

Cook & Janitor turn heroes when they stay & care for residents left behind when asst living facility shuts down ow.ly/EIlRy

Nov 22, 2014

it's getting a little dusty in here... RT @nprnews If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody n.pr/1F4bcNH

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