4:05pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

NFL's Thanksgiving Day Lineup: Grudge Matches, Not 'Turkeys'

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 10:01 am

With five of Thursday's six teams owning winning records, the NFL's 2011 Thanksgiving Day games are creating some anticipation. In Atlanta, a fan got into the holiday spirit last week, wearing a turkey/referee hat.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

4:01pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists Bag Small Game In Bathroom Germ Safari

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:03 pm

Right this way, ladies and germs.
iStockphoto.com

Turns out Howard Hughes was right. The world is a very germy place, especially public restrooms.

The reclusive billionaire, who had the world's most notorious case of so-called germophobia, would go to just about any length to avoid contamination. He wore tissue boxes on his feet. He burned his clothing if someone near him got sick. He wrote careful instructions to his staff on how to open a can of peaches without contaminating them.

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3:28pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Planet Money

Boom Town, U.S.A.

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Brandi and Kaylee plan to open a truck repair shop when they graduate from high school.
Robert Smith NPR

In the small-town of Elko, ambition looks like high-heel suede booties on the floor of the auto shop at the local high school.

Brandi and Kaylee look like the Olsen twins. And they're the best auto-shop students at Elko High. The girls have a plan. Everyday out the school window, they see trucks heading up to the gold mines. Day and night. So, the girls figure, why not open a truck repair shop after they graduate?

"In Elko we've been really blessed and really lucky to actually have a good economy," Kaylee says. "We can actually have our hopes and dreams."

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3:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Music Interviews

Robert Johnson And Pablo Casals' Game-Changers Turn 75

Originally published on Fri November 25, 2011 2:45 pm

Spanish musician and composer Pablo Casals, playing the cello in 1936.
Fox Photos Getty Images

Nov. 23, 1936, was a good day for recorded music. Two men, an ocean apart, each stepped up to a microphone and began to play. One was a cello prodigy who had performed for the queen of Spain; the other was a guitar player in the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. But on that day, Pablo Casals and Robert Johnson each made recordings that would change music history.

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2:53pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Helicopter Crashes While Installing A Christmas Tree

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 2:57 pm

Firefighters spray foam at the scene where a helicopter crashed while installing a large Christmas Tree at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.
Phil Walter Getty Images

2:25pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Bolo Ties: Not Just For Westerns

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 3:32 pm

Actors Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are shown in this photo, as Roy sports a bolo tie honoring his horse, Trigger.
KEVORK DJANSEZIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

An Arizona museum is giving that state's official neck wear a display all of its own for the next several months. The Heard Museum has opened its newest exhibit: Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary. It will run through next September.

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Former WRVO/Central New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Emma Jacobs is a native of Boston. She studied history, so she went for more practical training in public radio at NPR member-stations WNYC and WBUR. She helped shape Wired's Haiti Rewired project, a 2010 Knight Batten Innovations in Journalism Awards notable initiative. 

2:05pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Salt

Where Turkey Is The Guest, Not The Entree

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Isabella Colbdorf feeds salad to a turkey at this year's Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, on Nov. 20, 2011.
Emma Jacobs WRVO

Most people think of turkeys as the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. But at one farm, the turkeys are the guests.

At the 26th annual Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, a line of turkeys come walking out the door of the barn. They stroll towards long low tables set up on the lawn, with scarlet tablecloths and seasonal squash centerpieces.

There, a feast awaits. There's pumpkin pie topped with cranberry, and platters of green salad — hold the dressing. The spread is surrounded by a crowd of spectators.

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2:03pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Tavenner To Replace Berwick As Medicare Chief

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:41 pm

President Obama is nominating Marilyn Tavenner to succeed Dr. Donald M. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Tavenner, who has been the agency's principal deputy administrator, will serve as administrator on an acting basis during the confirmation process, according to an announcement to CMS staff.

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2:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Middle East

Report: Bahrain Used Excessive Force On Protesters

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:32 pm

Bahraini protesters run for cover after police fired tear gas canisters to disperse them during a demonstration in the village of Diraz, northwest of Bahrain, Feb. 14. A special commission issued a report Wednesday that found excessive force was used during a crackdown on an anti-government movement that began in February.
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In the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, a special commission accused the government of using excessive force against protesters during an anti-government uprising earlier this year.

The report released Wednesday was unusual in that it was requested by the government itself. But questions remain over what the government will do with the findings.

The commission that issued the report was a rare thing in the Arab world. At a gilded palace with chandeliers and red carpets, a panel of international jurists sat in judgment of a king.

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