The photographer thought it was a goat. The photo editor thought it was a goat. Sure looked like a goat to the author of this post. It turns out to be a sheep, in Dakar, Senegal. Claire Harbage for NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think

True confession: Our editors mistook a sheep for a goat. Now we've learned a lot about how cool sheep really are. Maybe our blog should be "Sheep and Soda?"

Martha McCullough shows off a photo of her grandfather, Christmas Moultrie, who was born on the Mulberry Grove Plantation before Gen. Sherman's army burned it down ahead of the capture of Savannah in 1864. Both McCullough and Hugh Golson, a descendant of the plantation's owner, knew Moultrie as children. Carl Elmore/Courtesy Savannah Morning News hide caption

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Race

Bound By A Plantation, Two Georgians Remember A Special Christmas GPB

Gen. Sherman burned the plantation down on his way to Savannah, and now the descendant of the planter and the grandchild of that planter's emancipated slave delight in sharing their story.

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The rellenong manok at La Cocina de Tita Moning, a restaurant in Manila. Chef Suzette Monitnola uses a traditional recipe from the 1930s that belonged to her grandmother. Aurora Almendral for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of Filipino culture.

A couple walks on the beach in the resort area of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is home to upscale hotels and resorts that cater to foreign tourists, but there aren't yet enough to handle a potential influx of Americans. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

Doug Neville (left) and Ryan Johnson have been friends for three decades. They met shortly before Neville found out he was HIV-positive. StoryCorps hide caption

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30 Years Of Friendship, Through Fear And An Uncertain Future

Doug Neville and Ryan Johnson met shortly before Neville learned he was HIV-positive and began living with the specter of death. "I didn't know what I was going to do if you died," Johnson says.

Tunisian voter Dina Ghlisse, 19, displays her finger with the indelible ink mark after voting in La Marsa, on the outskirts of Tunis, on Sunday. More than three years after Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring across the Middle East, the country is choosing a president. Hassene Dridi/AP hide caption

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Tunisia, Cradle Of Arab Spring, In Historic Presidential Vote

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Lucinda Williams: A Voice Like No Other

She came to the desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Williams' voice shines in these intimate moments.

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