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1:41 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday?

Snippet of a letter F.B. Haviland sent to President Hoover in 1929 asking him to move Thanksgiving to Friday.
National Archives

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:30 pm

Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover in 1929.

Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.

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Technology
12:50 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Outsmart Crowds With Mobile Shopping Revolution

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 11:03 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We want to switch gears now. Tomorrow is Black Friday, as you probably know. That's when many stores offer massive discounts to shoppers who are willing to wait in huge lines and sometimes get into brawls in those lines. It's such a boon for businesses, that many stores are turning it into Black Thursday. They're opening their doors tonight.

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Education
12:50 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Behind The Native American Achievement Gap

Over five million people in the U.S. claim some form of Native American identity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For Native American Heritage Month, guest host Celeste Headlee checks back in with author Anton Treuer about historic education challenges Native Americans have faced and what's being done to close the achievement gap.

The Two-Way
11:56 am
Wed November 21, 2012

As Talk Of Affirmative Action Heats Up, Asians Contemplate Their Position

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 11:35 am

It's been an eventful couple of months for those following the debate over affirmative action.

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Shots - Health News
11:51 am
Wed November 21, 2012

OB-GYNs Say No Prescription Should Be Needed To Get The Pill

Time for oral contraceptives to be available without a prescription?
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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:01 pm

The time has come for the pill to be available over-the-counter, the nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says.

Why? "There's a 50 percent unintended pregnancy rate in the U.S., which is extremely high for a resource-rich country," says Dr. James T. Breeden, president of the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. Easier access to oral contraceptives could go a long way to bringing that number down, he tells Shots.

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It's All Politics
11:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Will Your Family Squabble About Politics This Thanksgiving?

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 6:21 pm

The last time Kathy Neal's family had a big gathering, they got into a fight about politics.

At her niece's high school graduation in May, the conversation turned to gas prices, which led Neal to argue that oil companies were not just profiteering at the expense of consumers, but getting billions in government subsidies to boot.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Reports: Sikh Temple Shooter Acted Alone, Had No Drugs In System

Photos of victims are seen during a candlelight vigil in Union Square for victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting on August.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:19 am

The FBI has concluded its investigation into the shooting spree at a Sikh temple that left six dead.

After interviewing 300 people and following 200 leads, the FBI concluded that Wade Michael Page acted alone when he opened fire at the Oak Creek, Wis. temple in August.

What's more, reports The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because Page killed himself, we may never know his motive. The FBI said that there was no evidence that Page acted because of his connections to white supremacist groups.

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Planet Money
11:05 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Lance Armstrong And The Business Of Doping

Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:57 pm

The story of Lance Armstrong's alleged doping is, in part, the story of an astonishing business enterprise — an enterprise that drove what the U.S. anti-doping agency called "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" cycling has ever seen.

The story of that enterprise starts in 1998, when the Festina cycling team was caught at the Tour de France with a car full of banned drugs. According to author Daniel Coyle, this marked a huge shift in the culture of doping in cycling.

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Israeli-Palestinian Coverage
10:34 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Egypt's Evolving Role In Israel-Gaza Conflict

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:00 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the novel "The Round House" won this year's National Book Award for fiction. We'll talk with author Louise Erdrich about the story and the award. That's just ahead.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Double Thanks

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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:58 am

I'm giving thanks in two ways today, first for things that have lasted, persisted (and here's hoping they keep on going), and second — for change; for our ability to create beauty in new ways. So I'm saying thank you for what's old and what's new.

Thanksgiving, I think, can go both ways.

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