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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:03 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

"You know I wrote this for you, baby — you know that." "Oh, yeah, sure."

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo do mock-bickering as well as any long-married couple – which, of course, is exactly what they are. More notably, they've formed a commercial and creative juggernaut spanning more than three decades, with the Brooklyn-born Benatar singing and Giraldo working as her guitarist, producer and fellow songwriter.

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U.S.
11:02 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Hagel Steps Down After Discord On Syria, Iraq

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Business
11:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

The Economics Of Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is remembered for feasts, family gatherings and ... awkward conversations.

You know what I'm talking about. You're back with relatives you haven't seen in years, and the conversation takes a frightening turn towards politics, religion or worse, your love life.

You need help. You have to switch to a newsy, but neutral topic. Here's a handy list of conversation changers you can use at any time.

Just start each sentence with, "Hey, did you know that..." Here are the safe categories:

The Road

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Goats and Soda
10:46 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Hello Flowers, Bye-Bye Stray Dogs: Nepal Preps For South Asian Summit

The sidewalk repairs are permanent. The big photos offer a temporary touch of beauty during the summit.
Donatella Lorch for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:53 am

Katmandu is giving itself a facelift.

Tomorrow is the opening of the 18th summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Seven regional heads of state, whose countries are home to large numbers of the world's poorest and hungriest people, are arriving in the city for two days of talks to explore greater trade and political cooperation within the region. And the cash-strapped government of Nepal wants its capital to look its best.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Israel's Cabinet OKs Controversial Nationality Measure

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens during a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday. His Cabinet approved a draft law that defines the country as "the nation-state of the Jewish people."
Jim Hollander AP

Israel's Cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday that defines the country as "the nation-state of the Jewish people." The move has angered not only Israel's Arab citizens, but also some members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.

NPR's Emily Harris is reporting on the measure, which must still be approved by Israel's parliament. Here's what she told our Newscast unit:

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Shots - Health News
10:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine

A 26-year-old man receives an injection in September of an experimental Ebola vaccine being tested by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline.
NIAID

It's now Goliath versus Goliath in the quest for an Ebola vaccine.

Until now, the two leading candidates for a vaccine to protect against the Ebola virus were being led by global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on the one hand, and a tiny company in Ames, Iowa, that was virtually unknown, on the other.

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Songs We Love
9:59 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Theo Parrish, 'Be In Yo Self'

Theo Parrish's new album, American Intelligence, is due out in early December.
Courtesy of the artist

For years, Detroit has been the undisputed cradle of techno music with producer/DJ/composer Theo Parrish one of its foremost ambassadors. With the release of his latest album, American Intelligence, Parrish ups the ante on techno's future, a direction epitomized by the track "Be In Yo Self."

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U.S.
8:29 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Secretary Of Defense Hagel To Resign

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:54 am

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down, Once Successor Is Confirmed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:34 am

(This post was last updated at 11:41 a.m. ET.)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest-profile Republican on President Obama's Cabinet, will step down, once his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Calling Hagel an "exemplary defense secretary," Obama made the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday.

Hagel, a two-term Republican senator, came to the post in February of 2013, the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense.

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Code Switch
7:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

'Ferguson Forward': Churchgoers Seek A New Normal

Youths walk past a mural depicting peace in Ferguson on a vacant building up the street from the city's police department.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:01 am

I reunited with Pastor Daryl Meese at his place of worship, a no-frills brick Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo., on this stormy Sunday morning.

We first met at a coffee shop last August. I was looking for a cool place to file a story about the protests over the death of an unarmed black 18-year-old at the hands of a white police officer; he was taking a break from the chaos. We shared a table and ended up chatting.

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