More than 100 Haitians were rescued this week after their crowded sailboat capsized. At least 30 more were reported dead.
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November 30, 2013 At least 30 Haitian migrants died this week when a packed sailboat capsized off the coast of the Bahamas. NPR's Scott Simon reminds us how some of the first Americans arrived on the continent, risking their lives to sail across rough seas.
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November 30, 2013 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says things are on track to meet today's deadline for fixing the HealthCare.gov website. Steve Sack thinks the Band-Aids mask a larger problem, while Darrin Bell finds it absurd that some Republicans claim that nuclear negotiations with Iran were intended to distract from the website woes.
November 29, 2013 Traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday brings out shoppers hurrying after deals. Gustavo Rodriguez thinks some bargain hunters take things way too far, while Sandy Huffaker notes there's always another shop-pertunity waiting in the wings.
November 28, 2013 For the first time in 125 years, by some calculations, Thanksgiving coincides with the start of Hanukkah. On a day of turkey-eating and menorah-lighting, Dave Granlund and Joe Heller are two happy kvellers.
Barbara King rings the "victory bell" and holds up a certificate celebrating her completion of 25 external radiation treatments.
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November 28, 2013 Pure gratitude for the love in our lives is part of a joyous Thanksgiving. Alongside this feeling, commentator and cancer patient Barbara J. King experiences a more complicated species of thankfulness as she rejoices in, and battles fears about, her radiation therapy.
November 27, 2013 An album that formed a cornerstone of the "Outlaw Country" movement in the 1970s has just been reissued. Music critic Meredith Ochs has been thinking about Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes and its legacy for country artists today.
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November 27, 2013 As America readies for the national holiday, its cartoonists are preoccupied with two issues. Jen Sorensen has a bone to pick over the human cost of Black Friday sales, while Clay Bennett is undone by the possibility that HealthCare.gov might not be ready for holiday traffic.
November 27, 2013 Why, exactly, would aliens who can travel the interstellar void want to physically probe the sex organs of humans, wonders physicist and commentator Marcelo Gleiser as he looks back on the story of Antônio Villas Boas.
The Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills of South Dakota are just one of innumerable formations across the planet that speak to the Earth's ancient history.
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November 26, 2013 Feeling a little blue recently, commentator Adam Frank retreated to a hilltop and found something he wasn't looking for: perspective. The breadth of time stretched out before him and opened his eyes to our place in an ongoing story.
November 26, 2013 Senate Democrats' decision to exercise the "nuclear option" and curtail filibusters of most presidential appointees is still drawing strong reactions. Nick Anderson thinks Democrats didn't have much choice, while Nate Beeler anticipates that the party will live to regret it.
November 25, 2013 What would you get if you challenged Ph.D. students to explain their work through dance? You'd get this: 31 creative, fun, silly and educational videos. Let's salsa to some serious research!
November 25, 2013 Iran and six world powers have reached a preliminary accord that President Obama said "will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon." Arcadio Esquivel hopes the accord will hold, while Schot doubts Iran's sincerity.
November 24, 2013 Two same-sex marriages made the news this week. Signe Wilkinson takes the side of Methodist pastor Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was suspended from ministerial duties for officiating his son's same-sex marriage, while Matt Wuerker wonders how Liz Cheney's public statements about her sister's marriage will affect Cheney family dynamics.
The first family watches John F. Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington, D.C., three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas.
November 23, 2013 As Americans mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Scott Simon reflects on Jacqueline Kennedy's role in the days that followed. Only 34, she had to comfort two small children and a wounded nation while the world watched.
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November 23, 2013 Senate Democrats have voted to change filibuster rules to prevent Republicans from blocking executive and judicial nominees. Chip Bok thinks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not been faithful to his word, while Matt Wuerker doubts the change will ruin the institution.
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