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Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

NPR's Jason Beaubien and David Gilkey have covered calamities all over the globe. But the recent aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was particularly daunting. Jason describes the extreme challenges they faced.

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Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

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There's Never Enough Time The Postal Service

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? What future do you see in these lead shapes? In one New Year's tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water and guess what the shapes portend. Deena Prichep for NPR hide caption

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As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

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On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

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Giving Hoppin' John An Indian Twist, Just For Luck

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Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

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A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

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A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

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The most abundant meteorites found in Antarctica are called chondrites. They are some of the oldest objects known in the solar system. Katherine Joy/Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program / Case Western Reserve University hide caption

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The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

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Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

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50 Years Later, TV's Ghoulardi Lives — In Punk Rock

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