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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:47am

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin was thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:40am

Just getting a measles vaccine to a child in Pakistan was once an impossible dream. Despite many obstacles, health workers have made great progress in stopping infectious diseases.

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Ho Ho Ho

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

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All I Don't Want For Christmas

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Ah, the comfort of cliché gifts and holiday expectations well met. Frozen songwriters Bobby and Kristen Lopez sing about not-so-original gifts to the tune of Mariah Carey's classic holiday earworm.

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Chappy Cholidays

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

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Reindeer Games

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. We give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.

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Schaaps' Family Feud

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

We surveyed our loyal listeners on a wide range of holiday topics and quiz siblings Rosie Schaap (The New York Times Magazine) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) on the most popular answers, Family Feud-style.

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'Tis The Season For Corny Movies

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Nothing says "cheer" like a cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie. Can you tease out the real ones from the fake when it comes to The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever?

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Season's Eatings

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

Many countries and cultures around the world have their own festive culinary customs. We team up with Adam Rapoport of Bon Appétit Magazine to quiz you on some unusual food traditions.

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Blaze Of Gloria

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:36am

We've rewritten the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard on High" to be about things that begin with the "glo-" sound of its famous refrain: "Gloooooooooria [in excelsis Deo]."

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Tinsel Tales 3: NPR Christmas Stories

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:33am

Lynn Neary hosts an hour-long collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.

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Top Stories: Voices On U.S. And Cuba; Licenses For AZ 'Dreamers'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:13am

Also: The Boston Marathon bombing suspect is scheduled to make a court appearance; temperatures in the Arctic are rising fast; and Russian TV has a dramatic promo for President Putin's speech.

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The @NPRHipHop Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:03am

Just a guess — you're not done shopping yet, are you? Allow us to ease your load a bit with some thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.

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The Many Rabbit Holes (Or Should We Say Labyrinths) Of 'Serial'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:54am

The thing about Serial and its endless rabbit holes is that no matter how you view the podcast, there's an endless supply of avenues you can explore and different conversations you can have.

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New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:28am

In Miami, home of the largest Cuban diaspora, two generations faced off on the streets. In Havana, demonstrators spoke of hope.

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Correct Name Gets Canadian Woman A Free European Trip

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:20am

Jordan Axani and his girlfriend broke up, and he was left with plane tickets in her name. He offered a free vacation to anyone with the same name: Elizabeth Gallagher.

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Santa Pays An Early Visit To Cape Cod Eateries

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:13am

At Marylou's Coffee in Hyannis, Mass., a man delivered 15 envelopes to employees, each containing $100. He did the same thing at Dunkin' Donuts. He's described as having white hair and a white beard.

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Rep. Sires Pushes Back Against Obama's Cuba Plans

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

President Obama's action to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has drawn harsh criticism from members of Congress in both parties. One of those critics is Democratic Congressman Albio Sires of New Jersey, who was born in Cuba. He talks to Renee Montagne about why he's against establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba.

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S.C. Judge Rules 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

The youngest person executed in the U.S. past century was a 14-year-old, African-American boy named George Stinney, Jr., who died in 1944. A South Carolina court has cleared his name, ruling that he was given an unfair trial.

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Citing Heath, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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