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For Northern Ireland, Wounds From 'The Troubles' Are Still Raw

npr.org — Sixteen years ago, the Good Friday peace agreement ended the violent conflict in Northern Ireland by creating a power-sharing government. Around the world, people point to the agreement as a model for how to resolve ethnic conflicts. And yet, political leaders in Northern Ireland are still struggling to bring Protestant and Catholic groups together.
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RT @gregmyre1: For Northern Ireland, the wounds from 'The Troubles' are still raw. @arishapiro n.pr/1ykLEuE

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RT @nprparallels: For Northern Ireland, Wounds From 'The Troubles' Are Still Raw n.pr/1xSnIMm

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A Data Analyst's Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City

npr.org — It may have been the fire hydrants that certified Ben Wellington as the king of New York's "open data" movement.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @sharemindfully: Via @nprnews: A Data Analyst's Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City #opendata n.pr/1rzV7cA

Nov 28, 2014

RT @sharemindfully: Via @nprnews: A Data Analyst's Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City #opendata n.pr/1rzV7cA

Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

npr.org — Michael Render, more commonly known as the rapper Killer Mike, has had a long career. He debuted on "Snappin' And Trappin,'" a track by fellow Atlantans OutKast. Since then, he's released several solo albums and mixtapes, most recently 2012's R.A.P. Music, an album-length collaboration with producer, rapper and Def Jux Records founder Jaime Meline, who records as El-P.

How Dogs Understand What We Say

npr.org — Scientists - and anyone who lives with a canine - know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.

Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

npr.org — If you've seen the classic movie A Christmas Story, you know that Ralphie really, really wanted that BB gun. And you know that his mother, his teacher, even the department store Santa all said: "You'll shoot your eye out." They're right, the nation's ophthalmologists say.
Nov 28, 2014

Don't carry it in the store, outside? RT @MorningEdition BB Gun For Christmas? Here's what the doctors say: n.pr/1zDDTPL

Nov 28, 2014

Via @nprnews: Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say n.pr/1uI4y9I

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Kid Stuff And Leftover Outtakes

npr.org — It's a holiday weekend for many of us, but we've still got a fresh episode - and a sparkly new panelist in the fourth chair: Guy Raz, host of NPR's TED Radio Hour. When we asked Guy about coming on the show, we learned that pop-culture-wise, he - like our own Stephen Thompson - spends a lot of time sharing stuff with his kids.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @nprmonkeysee: It may be a holiday weekend, but there's a new #PCHH covering kids' movies and outtakes, with new panelist @guyraz! npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @nprmonkeysee: It may be a holiday weekend, but there's a new #PCHH covering kids' movies and outtakes, with new panelist @guyraz! npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

Nov 28, 2014

Being a panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour is more fun than being 10 and walking into Chuck E Cheese. npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

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npr.org — Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

From Humble Salt To Fancy Freezing: How To Up Your Cocktail Game

npr.org — Dave Arnold can work some serious magic with a cocktail shaker. But he's no alchemist - Arnold, who runs the Manhattan bar Booker and Dax, takes a very scientific approach to his craft. Arnold, author of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, has some advanced tricks will help you up your game in time for holiday cocktail parties.
Nov 28, 2014

More pics, recipes, videos, and liquid nitrogen from my session with @CookingIssues here at @nprfood: n.pr/1FDixpK

Bond With A Broken Heart: Defending Daniel Craig

npr.org — I love James Bond. Actually, I love Daniel Craig as James Bond. There, I said it. Now that's not a particularly popular sentiment among the critics who have seen the latest Bond episode, Quantum of Solace. "James Bond goes MIA" laments Variety. "Has Bond Lost His Balls?" asks The Daily Beast.

'New Yorker' Cover Shows A Broken St. Louis

npr.org — NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bob Staake, illustrator of the controversial cover of The New Yorker, which depicts the St. Louis skyline divided in half by the colors black and white.

Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

npr.org — A gunman who fired more than 100 rounds into government buildings in Austin, Texas, early this morning and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate, is dead. USA Today reports that authorities in the state capital were trying to determine if police killed the man in a shootout or he took his own life.
Nov 28, 2014

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Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

npr.org — The U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is far from being closed - something President Obama promised to do in the first days of his administration. But people are being released. Five Taliban prisoners were swapped in May for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Nov 28, 2014

Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo n.pr/128Djyg

Nov 28, 2014

RT @gregmyre1: Pentagon expected to release more detainees from #Guantanamo. Current population: 142. n.pr/128Djyg

America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

npr.org — Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains. The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion.

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

npr.org — The Ferguson Public Library just a block away from the center of demonstrations at the Ferguson Police Department. As we've reported, when violent protests this week led to the burning of more than a dozen businesses and the uncertainty caused schools to close, the library stayed open.
Nov 28, 2014

Donations to the @fergusonlibrary this wk hit $175,000. The librarian tells the story on @NPRATC: npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

Nov 28, 2014

Lovely story about the value of libraries. 'A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library' zite.to/1FvrWj5

Nov 28, 2014

Library fan? Cool story on @fergusonlibrary's response to #Ferguson, the national support that followed n.pr/1vW0xFp via @elisewho

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Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

npr.org — We tend to get obsessed with things that get more expensive over time - college tuition, say, or health care. But lots of things have actually gotten cheaper in real terms. Things made by machines. Things like consumer electronics. Some new gadget comes out with a $1,000 price tag.
Nov 28, 2014

Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper: Today on the show, we visit a company where people's job is figuring out ... n.pr/1rz4lv8

Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

npr.org — Somehow we're squeezing 16 people into our apartment for Thanksgiving this year, with relatives ranging in age from my 30-year-old nephew to my 90-year-old mother. I love them all, but in a way the one I know best is the middle-aged man across the table whose blue eyes look just like mine: my younger brother Paul.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @KQEDnews: Your adult siblings may be one of the keys to a long, happy life. @NPRHealth npr.org/blogs/health/2…

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Census Bureau May Stop Asking Marital History Questions

npr.org — Sociologists say it's a terrible idea, and comes just as they're trying to explore and explain a dramatic shift in Americans' marriage patterns.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @JenniferLudden: Wonder how many of my @nprnews stories wouldn't be possible if @uscensusbureau ends q's on marital history. n.pr/1xZHSrJ

Iconic Lebanese Singer Sabah Dies At 87

npr.org — Lebanese singer Sabah, who died this week at the age of 87, was one of the Arab world's most beloved entertainers. We have a remembrance.

Viral Videos Show Kenyan Women Assaulted For Wearing Miniskirts

npr.org — Nearly every day for the past 2 weeks, a woman in Kenya has been publicly stripped and molested for wearing a miniskirt. Cell phone video has galvanized an unprecedented show of condemnation.
Nov 28, 2014

.@MorningEdition: videos of women being assaulted drive a national conversation in Kenya npr.org/2014/11/28/367… (but no accountability, yet)