Goodband compares these Knobbed Russets to shrunken heads. Others say potatoes or toads. They're all gnarled and warty and brown, but don't be intimidated: They taste great when ripe. They originated in Sussex, England, in 1819. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Food

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.

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National Security

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Videotaped murders by Islamic State have sparked outrage around the world. But while some European countries have paid ransom to retrieve victims taken by ISIS, Britain and the U.S. have not.

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Goats and Soda

His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

Chlorine can stop the Ebola virus. So medical workers disinfect their hands often at the Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Inside An Ebola Kit: A Little Chlorine And A Lot Of Hope

The Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. And clinics don't have space for patients. So the U.S. government is giving families kits for treating people at home. Will this help slow the epidemic?

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Shots - Health News

How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

Most parents say they have used corporal punishment. But there's abundant evidence that it doesn't improve behavior over time. Changing how parents talk to children does work, but it takes practice.

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The Salt

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Technically, it's against the law for Russian restaurants to buy top-notch ingredients from the U.S. and Europe. But it's all good if the foods claim they are "made in Belarus."

President Obama and Vice President Biden on Friday debuted the "It's On Us" campaign to help colleges and universities prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

White House On Campus Sexual Assault: 'It's On All Of Us'

In unveiling a new campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Goats and Soda

These Are The Roots That Grew From Sierra Leone

The West African nation is in the news today because of the tragic Ebola outbreak. It once played a part in another tragedy: the U.S. slave trade.

The Salt

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

From tasty tempura to gross gruel, hospital meals across the globe vary wildly. Highbrow institutions in China and India have long served top-notch food. U.S. hospitals are starting to follow suit.

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