This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says that in the 1660s, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade." WikiCommons hide caption

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The Salt

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

Marijuana-infused lollipops are displayed at a dispensary in Denver in 2013. Aspen recently launched an education campaign to teach visitors how to use the drug safely. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign KAJX

Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.

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A lone mosque that survived devastating tidal waves sits amid the ruins of the village of Lhoknga, outside the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Jan. 3, 2005. The mosque became a symbol of the tsunami's destruction. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Decade After Tsunami, Asia's Shattered Coasts Are On The Mend

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

Kevin Counihan (left) runs HealthCare.gov, and Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, is a prominent critic of Obamacare. Courtesy of Chion Wolf/WNPR ; Courtesy of the Cato Institute hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future WNPR

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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The toxic ingredients of a cyberattack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures are available in underground markets. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Sony Hack Highlights Global Underground Market For Malware

The software used in the data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack, but harder to identify the perpetrators.

The documentary film Every Last Child chronicles the efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. Women play a key role — they are welcome in homes to share information, while men are not. Courtesy of "Every Last Child" hide caption

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Goats and Soda

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. Every Last Child is the result.

Cows rotate in the milking parlor at Fair Oaks Farms, a large-scale dairy and tourist attraction, near Rensselaer, Ind. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at France's Elysee Palace in Paris in June for talks with French President Francois Hollande. Putin and far-right groups in Europe are increasingly supportive of each other. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe's Far Right And Putin Get Cozy, With Benefits For Both

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They are attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Dr. Senga Omeonga pictured outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. He moved to Liberia from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. Omeonga contracted Ebola but survived it. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Ebola Survivor: 'You Feel Like ... A Ghost'

Dr. Senga Omeonga says his days in treatment were a living hell. The experience has changed his view of the world — and the way he treats patients.

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