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Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.

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

Police say they asked the boy to put his hands up, instead he reached for his waist-band and one officer shot twice. The boy died at the hospital.

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

Tunisia's revolution is important because it set off the greater Arab Spring. Today, it marked a milestone, a Tunisians cast ballots for their next head of state.

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Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

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.

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U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Vice President Biden wraps up his trip to Turkey, where he held talks on strengthening the fight against ISIS. The U.S. and Turkey disagree on how to deal with the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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

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's Ask A Native New Yorker column.

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Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

The deal that lifted some economic sanctions in return for inspections of Iran's nuclear program expires Monday. Intense negotiations are underway this weekend to reach a more permanent agreement.

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Tunisian Election Complete's Its Transition To Democracy

In 2011, thousands of Tunisians called for an end to dictatorship. Now the country will hold its first democratic presidential election. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to journalist Naveena Kottoor.

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Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

Washington, D.C.'s most infamous politician, Marion Barry, has died. The four-term mayor was re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession and was still serving as a D.C. councilman.

A Hobson Thanksgiving Tradition: Spicy Mac And Cheese

November 21, 2014
Nicki Hobson's Jalapeno Mac n' Cheese. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)

Nicky Hobson, sister of Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson, shares her recipe for the picante version of this classic comfort food.

Scientists Try To Bring Back The Original New Mexico Chile

November 17, 2014
New Mexico green chiles are pictured at a farmer's market. (Farmanac/Flickr)

The state’s chile industry is in decline – suffering from drought and competition from China and other countries.

Kathy Gunst’s Guide To Potatoes

November 13, 2014
Kathy Gunst holding her dish, the Potato Gratin with Pesto and Pancetta. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Our resident chef gives us a primer on potatoes and shares recipes, including baked potato wedges and her take on potato gratin.

Send Us Your Thanksgiving Recipes!

November 13, 2014

Are you looking to make Thanksgiving just a little healthier? Send us your recipes by Nov. 17 and our resident chef will create a lighter version.

What’s Behind The Gluten-Free ‘Obsession’?

November 12, 2014
The gluten-free aisle at a Kroger grocery store in Memphis, Tenn. Taken in March 2013. (ilovememphis/flickr)

A third of Americans say they’re trying a gluten-free diet, even though celiac disease affects only 1 percent of the population.

Bistro Trains Ex-Inmates In the Art Of Fine Dining

November 10, 2014
Francine Warren gets ready to work on the orange duck at the French bistro EDWINS in Cleveland, Ohio. (Brian Bull/WCPN)

A French restaurant in Cleveland not only offers artisan cuisine, it also gives former inmates a job and the chance to learn a new skill.

An Old Drink Captures The Spirit Of A New Berlin

November 7, 2014
At the company's tasting bar, the bottle on the left is from the 1950s; the one on the right is the revived product that has become the company's signature seller. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Schilkin is an East Berlin distillery with a long history. It’s finding economic salvation in the new spirit of Berlin.

One Woman’s Global Quest For The Origins Of The Noodle

November 5, 2014
Author Jen Lin-Liu shares some of the manta dumplings she shared with guest host Jane Clayson in the WBUR studios. Lin-Liu is the author of the new book, "“On The Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta." (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

Noodle-mania. We track the birth story of a staple from China to Italy. Its savory history.

Prune Chef Gabrielle Hamilton Pens A Cookbook

November 3, 2014
Gabrielle Hamilton is coming out with her first cookbook, "Prune." (Melanie Dunea)

The cookbook is written with notes scribbled in the margins – her tips and wisdom accumulated over the past 15 years.

Salt Damage Threatens World Food Supply

October 31, 2014
In India, wheat, rice, sugar-cane and cotton production are all at risk. Pictured are Indian farmers harvesting wheat at a field near Allahabad on April 8, 2013. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of acres of land are being lost each day because of damage caused by salt, according to a U.N. analysis.

Soylent Isn't People; But Is It The End Of Food?

October 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

Cooking With The Fruit Of Fall

October 28, 2014
Go beyond the apple this winter: try cooking with figs, persimmons and pears. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Apples are abundant, but so are pears, pomegranates, persimmons and figs. Our resident chef shares six recipes.

The Digitized, Home-Delivered Future Of Our Food Supply

October 27, 2014
This undated product image provided by Google shows the Google Shopping Express mobile app. Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores. (AP)

Will going to the grocery store be history? How the online order and delivery business is reshaping our food economy.

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

October 22, 2014
A baked food made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Critics say a ban would violate the state’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

As ‘Top Chef Boston’ Begins, A Look At Boston’s Top Chefs

October 15, 2014
After winning “Top Chef” season 10, Kristen Kish, of Boston restaurant Stir, was named the chef de cuisine of Menton in Fort Point. (AP/Bravo)

While the city is a new setting for the show, Boston has long been well represented on the hit cooking reality show.

It Looks Like Boston Is Finally Getting A Public Food Market

October 9, 2014
This rendering shows a view of the Boston Public Market from Congress and Hanover streets. (Courtesy of Architerra Inc.)

Construction is set to begin on the long-awaited Boston Public Market, which will give the city a permanent indoor space with fresh, locally sourced goods.

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