Adrian Peterson (right) was ordered to stay away from his team, the Minnesota Vikings, while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Code Switch

Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.

New York state is buying homes like this one in Staten Island's Fox Beach neighborhood as part of a Hurricane Sandy recovery project in the hopes that demolishing them will help nature return and provide a barrier to future storm surges. Matthew Schuerman/WNYC hide caption

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Cities Project

Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong' WNYC

As part of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New York's plan is to buy and demolish hundreds of homes on Staten and Long islands and let nature return as a barrier to future storm surges.

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Lori Baker with her husband, Erich. Baker is founder and executive director of the International Consortium for Forensic Identification, Reuniting Families Project. StoryCorps hide caption

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StoryCorps

Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

A health worker prepares to exit the isolation area at the Ebola clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Lofa County, Liberia. The exponential growth of the outbreak is most aggressive in Liberia. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

In a March 2014 TED talk, Ebrahim credited The Daily Show's Jon Stewart with helping him realize that "a person's race, religion or sexual orientation had nothing to do with the quality of one's character." Ryan Lash hide caption

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Author Interviews

The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

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