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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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.

Critics took issue this week with a book that portrays Computer Engineer Barbie needing help from boys in order to make a video game and fix a virus. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Book News & Features

Computer Engineer Barbie Gets New Set Of Skills

The 2010 book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer faced fresh criticism this week for showing Barbie designing a game, but relying on male friends to code it for her. Leave it to the Internet to find a fix.

The Wall, Jacumba, California an image photographer Richard Misrach captured in 2009. Richard Misrach/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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Around the Nation

Lost — Then Found — Along The Border, Objects Become Art

A photographer's journey along the U.S.-Mexico border turned up dramatic images of lost possessions. A composer turned those items into instruments that echo the desolate landscape.

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J Mascis, Famous For His Volume, Turns It Down

The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world's loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.

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