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Parallels

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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Recipes

Giving Hoppin' John An Indian Twist, Just For Luck

Black-eyed peas mixed with rice is the basis of a dish called Hoppin' John, which is thought to bring good luck in the New Year. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with chef Raghavan Iyer, author of 660 Curries, for advice on how to tweak the Hoppin' John recipe.

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Deceptive Cadence

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

For more than two centuries, France's Pleyel pianos were among the best in the world. They were a favorite of Chopin and Debussy. But now the iconic brand has been forced to close its last remaining plant.

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