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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.

Morning Edition

Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.

Morning Edition

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

Morning Edition

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.

Morning Edition

Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria; Officials Unsure Of The Threat

Yemeni-American Ahmed al-Moflihi likely fought alongside a rebel group with ties to the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. But officials are investigating anyway: Fight in Syria, and you raise a red flag.

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants

Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations.

Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

All Things Considered

In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures'

The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country.

All Things Considered

Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.

‘Foreign Correspondent’ Chronicles 50 Year Career Of H.D.S. Greenway

August 26, 2014
American soldiers are dropped off by U.S. Army helicopters during the Vietnam War. (Horst Faas/AP)

Veteran foreign correspondent H.D.S. Greenway shares glimpses of his half-century career in the field in his new memoir “Foreign Correspondent.”

A Fan Says No To Football

August 26, 2014
Wide receiver Jaron Brown #13 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by middle linebacker Vincent Rey #57 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Bengals defeated the Cardinals 19-13. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Steve Almond writes, “our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia.”

Writer Mark Kurlansky Cooks Around The World With His Daughter For ‘International Night’

August 25, 2014
Mark and Talia Kurlansky in the kitchen -- Talia is now in 9th grade and the two are out with their first cookbook, "International Night." (Courtesy Bloomsbury)

In the Kurlansky home, there’s a Friday night tradition. Father Mark Kurlansky spins a globe and 9th-grade daughter Talia Kurlansky closes her eyes and jabs her finger at a random part of the world. Then, the cooking commences.

‘The Opening Kickoff’ Reveals Parallels Between Football’s Early Years And Today

August 23, 2014
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Pay for play? Academic eligibility issues? Concerns about player safety? Those topics are big news in college football today, but they were just as prevalent in the 1890s when the game was new. Big Ten Network anchor Dave Revsine joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book ‘The Opening Kickoff.’

WWI Exhibit Focuses On Newton Woman Who Volunteered In War Effort

August 22, 2014
Truck, soldiers and horse-drawn artillery walking on a snow-covered road. (Margaret Hall/Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society)

Photos and writings by Newton native Margaret Hall, a Red Cross volunteer in France in 1918-19, make up the core of this Massachusetts Historical Society exhibition.

Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ Makes It To The Big Screen Two Decades After Publication

August 21, 2014
Author Lois Lowry. (Matt Mckee/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The children’s author talks about the movie adaptation of her 1993 Newbery Medal-winning novel.

‘The Vanishing Neighbor’: Do We Know Our Facebook Friends Better Than The Folks Next Door?

August 20, 2014
Main Street in historic downtown Lexington, Virginia (AP)

Half of all Americans in a recent survey said they didn’t know most of their neighbors at all — and a new book laments the implications of that.

Your (Weird? Wonderful? Wacky?) Roommate Stories

August 19, 2014
The cover image from Stephanie Wu's book "The Roommates." (Picador USA)

We asked, and you delivered: some of the best roommate stories from across our many listener input channels.

The Art And Science Of Living With A Stranger

August 19, 2014
Lara Russo, left, Cally Guasti, center, and Reese Werkhoven sit on a couch in their apartment in New Paltz, N.Y. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  While their roommate story of $40,800 found in a couch made the news, other, weirder stories of unusual roommates are far more common. (AP)

From college dorms and summer camps to RVs and retirement hotels, what it’s like to share a room. True stories of roommates.

The Educated Sheep Of The Ivy League

August 18, 2014
An image from the Princeton University campus. (Instagram / @JessHeart23)

A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out “excellent sheep.” A sharp critique of the Ivy League.

‘Football’ Collects Writing From All Sides Of Gridiron

August 16, 2014
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Some say baseball and boxing produce the best writing about sports, but a new collection of football essays challenges that notion. Bill Littlefield speaks with John Schulian, editor of ‘Football: Great Writing About The National Sport.”

‘Cape Cod Modern’ Tells The Story Of A Hidden Architectural Community

August 13, 2014
A porch view of the Hatch House, built for Robert and Ruth Hatch by self-taught architect Jack Hall in 1961. (WBUR/Amory Sivertson)

We speak to the co-authors of “Cape Cod Modern” about the community of American bohemians and Europeans who built modern houses in the woods of the Outer Cape in the mid-20th century.

Lois Lowry Says ‘The Giver’ Stays True To Spirit Of Her Book

August 13, 2014
The movie "The Giver" is directed by Phillip Noyce, and based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry. Set to come out on August 15, it stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

More than 20 years after the award-winning book was published, the first movie adaptation comes out Friday.

Couple Embraces Nomadic Retirement

August 13, 2014
Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together. (homefreeadventures.com)

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together.

What Keeps Us 'Riveted'?

August 11, 2014
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What makes performance “riveting.” Why we cry at movies, laugh at jokes, are obsessed with celebrities and sports and more.

‘A Good Walkthrough’ Explores ‘Insider’ Football — And Lots Of It

August 9, 2014
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Mike Tanier’s “A Good Walkthrough” is packed with stories from the writer’s time at Football Outsiders, providing plenty of material for the avid football fan. Tanier spoke with Bill Littlefield.

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