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West is best in this year's NBA season. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Mike Pesca, host of Slate's The Gist podcast, about the powerhouse conference.
Five decades on, the battle for justice over birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide continues in only one European country. Victims in Spain are the only ones still left without compensation.
Sunday Puzzle...
Do you remember who was in the news this year? Given the name of someone who first popped up in the news in 2014, explain who that person is.
Great Dismal Swamp, in Virginia and North Carolina, was once thought to be h...
Most Americans know about the Underground Railroad, which allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North. But some slaves stayed in the South, hidden in a place where they could resist enslavement.
An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
In the new year we'll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.