NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. He spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York.

Spain's Princess Cristina To Stand Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

The charges are related to her alleged links to her husband's business affairs. Cristina is sixth in line to the throne and becomes the country's first royal in modern times to face prosecution.

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

An Update On LA's iPad Program

A high-profile school tech program; a federal corruption investigation and the resignation of the superintendent.

Morning Edition

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."

Morning Edition

Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills.

Morning Edition

A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

There is no effective treatment for the rare genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, so two parents created a foundation to fund research. But they found there's no easy road to a cure.

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Finishes Second In Brazilian Tournament

Brazil and the U.S. played to a 0-0 draw in the final of the International Tournament of Brasilia, giving Brazil the first-place finish overall. None of the games was televised in the U.S.

Man Who Killed Officers Told Passersby: 'Watch What I Am Going To Do'

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot two NYPD patrolmen, spoke to people on the street just before the shooting took place, according to a police official.

All Things Considered

Celebrating Hanukkah In A Palestinian City

American Jewish college student Amelia Wolf spent Hanukkah last year in Ramallah. As the holiday approached, she was lonely — until her Palestinian hosts got wind of how she was feeling.

What Were We Wearing? The Art Of High Fashion

December 22, 2014
A sample of some of the costumes on display at the fall 2014 "Dance & Fashion" exhibition at New York City's Museum at FIT. (AP)

Couture fashion exhibits are drawing record crowds at museums. We’ll look at the beauty and the art behind the glitz.

Heavy Meddle: How Do I Keep Grandma From Spoiling My Kids?

December 22, 2014
My mom is spoils my children. She can't afford it and my husband and I think it is too much. How do I get her to stop? (bartfields/flickr)

My mom spoils my children. She can’t afford it and my husband and I think it is too much. How do I get her to stop?

Harvard Family, Work Survey Points To High Expectations, Disappointing Results For Women

December 19, 2014
Organizer Mary Dove, talks to a group of women at a "lean in" meeting in New York. The group is inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In." (Wix Lounge, Galo Delgado/AP)

When 7,000 business school alumni were asked how career priorities and child care were split between husbands and wives, their answers didn’t sound like progress.

A Journey From Wrestling Cage To Santa’s Village

December 19, 2014
Mick Foley as Mankind in 1999, and as Santa Claus in 2014. (Courtesy of the WWE/Sean Hurley for NHPR)

One of the darkest, most controversial — and most successful characters in professional wrestling history — is also known as Santa Mick.

Young Riders Care For Horses Dying From Tainted Feed

December 19, 2014
Jamie Buis competes on her horse Ultimatum -- one of the horses sickened by tainted feed. (Courtesy of the Buis family)

Jamie Buis, a 13-year-old equestrian in South Florida, is among those caring for the animals in their final days.

Three Questions To Ask Before Donating To A Charity

December 19, 2014
Charitable giving surges at the end of the calendar year. These important questions can help you determine where to give so that your money does the most good. (flickr)

Charitable giving surges at the end of the calendar year. These important questions can help you determine where to give so that your money does the most good.

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist

December 19, 2014
Peter May:  Here's a totally biased list of what songs should be on every loop of Christmas music on every station, streaming or on your car radio. Pictured: Bing Crosby belts out a tune, joined by his wife, Kathryn, and their three children: Nathaniel, 7; Mary Frances, 9, and Harry Lillis, 11 (left to right) in Los Angeles, Dec. 12, 1968. (David F. Smith/AP)

Peter May cues up his holiday mixtape.

Slow Food, Meet Slow Medicine

December 18, 2014
Across the country, new online insurance marketplaces are open for business as part of the new federal health overhaul. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Slow medicine means really knowing your patients instead of just treating them, slow observation instead of quick intervention. If slow is good for food, why not for medicine?

Cheryl Strayed And Steve Almond Pair Up For ‘Dear Sugar’ Podcast

December 18, 2014
Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed are hosts of the new podcast "Dear Sugar Radio."

At different times, both authors played the role of Sugar in the popular “Dear Sugar” advice column. Now, it’s becoming a podcast.

Inside The Lives Of Chinese Restaurant Workers

December 17, 2014
Restaurant workers relax in New York's Chinatown district on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)

Atticus Lish’s novel and a recent New Yorker article have thrown a spotlight onto the plight of the workers in Chinese restaurants.

As Lawrence Evolves, St. Patrick’s Parish Broadens Its Mission

December 17, 2014
Father Paul O’Brien conducting Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

St. Patrick’s Parish has broadened its mission to shepherd not just its flock, but the whole city. People say a lot of this change is because of one man — Father Paul O’Brien.

Celebrating A Season That Doesn’t Have A Name

December 17, 2014
Lynda Morgenroth: I look forward to this period of bare trees, bare ground, and quiet all through the noisy year. (Joe St.Pierre/ flickr)

I look forward to this period of bare trees, bare ground and quiet all through the noisy year.

Writer Anita Diamant Captures A First-Generation ‘Boston Girl’

December 16, 2014
Anita Diamant is author, most recently, of "The Boston Girl." (Andrew Whitacre/Flickr)

We talk to writer Anita Diamant about her new novel, “The Boston Girl,” which tells the story of Addie Baum, a first-generation American growing up in Boston’s North End.

‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

December 16, 2014
Bruce Feiler is pictured in Lourdes, France for the PBS series "Sacred Journeys," which begins airing tonight. (

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world’s holiest sites.

Top Google Searches In 2014 Include Robin Williams, Jennifer Lawrence

December 16, 2014
Screenshot from Google video about the year in search.

Google’s annual “Zeitgeist” report of search terms was just released, revealing the most-searched-for words, stories and people.

In New Report, Vatican Extends An Olive Branch To U.S. Nuns

December 16, 2014
Sister Simone Campbell poses for a photograph in front of the 'Nuns on the Bus' bus after arriving at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 28, 2012. The religious group, which is traveling by bus across the U.S., is protesting proposed federal budgets cuts that would affect poor families. (Brigitte Dusseau/AFP/Getty Images)

Under Pope Francis, the Vatican has made a U-turn, praising the American sisters for their care of the poor.

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