Journalist James Foley was killed by the so-called Islamic State in August of this year. His mother, Diane Foley, says the U.S. government never reached out to tell her that her son was dead. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption

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Politics

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.

This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called "Just the Tip, of the Spear." The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech. Just the Tip, of the Spear - 21/Facebook hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups' pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.

NPR producer Olly Dearden is a fan of most classic Thanksgiving dishes, but calls sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows a "culinary abomination." Stephen Little/Flickr hide caption

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History

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. He talked with several experts and got some answers to his questions.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1947 musical Allegro is being revived by Classic Stage Company in New York. The original cast of Allegro included 100 performers; the new revival has 12. Matthew Murphy hide caption

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Theater

Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.

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