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Golden State Warriors Break Record For Best Start In NBA

Nov 25, 2015

With Tuesday night's 111-77 win against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors set a new record for the best season start in NBA history, with 16 uninterrupted victories.

The annual presidential turkey pardoning event at the White House, which took place again today, is a peculiar one. Presiding over his sixth one last year, even President Obama seemed confused by it all.

"It is a little puzzling that I do this every year," Obama said, "but I will say that I enjoy it, because with all the tough stuff that swirls around in this office, it's nice once in a while to just say, 'Happy Thanksgiving.' "

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The New England area where the Pilgrims first settled is cranberry country.

These early colonists likely enjoyed a version of cranberry sauce on their autumn tables — though it probably took the form of a rough, savory compote, rather than the sweet spin we're most familiar with.

For ideas on using this bitter red berry of the season in new ways this Thanksgiving, NPR Morning Edition's Renee Montagne turned to Chris Kimball, founder of America's Test Kitchen.

For some of us, the best part of Thanksgiving comes from a forkful of flavors all swirled together — turkey, gravy, cranberry and stuffing. It's a savory symphony in your mouth.

Chefs in New York City are experimenting with putting together all of those ingredients into a one-bite Thanksgiving dinner.

A New York judge will weigh in on Wednesday whether fantasy sports is based on skill or chance.

New York's attorney general's office has filed lawsuits against the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, FanDuel and DraftKings, demanding that they stop taking bets in New York because their games are based on chance, which makes them gambling and illegal under New York state law. Daily fantasy sports companies insist that their games are legal because they're based on skill.

Protests over racial discrimination on college campuses are leading to some swift responses and pledges of reform by college administrators. Even as the protests themselves appear to be quieting down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, activists are pledging a prolonged fight.

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Remember Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's boxing nemesis?


CARL WEATHERS: (As Apollo Creed) You got to remember now, you fight great, but I'm a great fighter.

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Noel King

At Flawless Damsels, a women's clothing and accessories store in Baltimore, the month of May is typically so lucrative that owner Taylor Alexander calls it "money making May." So the protests in April were especially gutting. 

"My business was completely vandalized and looted," Alexander said. "I was left with only the paint on the walls. I had no windows, no doors. I had to replace the floors because all of the glass that they broke."

Throughout history, atrocities have been committed in the name of medical research.

Nazi doctors experimented on concentration camp prisoners. American doctors let poor black men with syphilis go untreated in the Tuskegee study. The list goes on.

How to use reward points on your credit card

Nov 25, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about how the American consumer is alive but not exuberant; Russia cutting off fuel supplies to Ukraine; and how turning in your credit card points for a quick domestic trip is often a foolish way to treat your rewards points.

Startup creates neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing

Nov 25, 2015
Lesley McClurg

A new Bay Area start-up is trying to make a business out of neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing. You can order homemade dishes online and then pick them up from a neighborhood cook. This week’s menu includes sweet potato biscuits and pumpkin pie.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nov 25, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, November 25, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about how retailers plan to thwart malware that attacks backend security on in-store purchases; Dell's security woes; and more on the dark web from our latest episode of Codebreaker.


Airing on Wednesday, November 25, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Russia cutting off the gas for Ukraine; new FAA rules on drones; and a new startup that lets you purchase food from home chefs.

Emoji nails can soon be yours

Nov 24, 2015
Marketplace staff


That's how many drones the Consumer Technology Association predicts will be purchased this year. It's why the FAA is scrambling to put regulations in place on how the devices should be monitored. There's even more pressure in the coming months, as drones are expected to be a hot holiday gift.


US Army

When you think of war scares back in the Cold War, most people think about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. But a newly declassified document reveals just how close we came to nuclear Armageddon in the 1980s, under President Ronald Reagan.

Codebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 3: The Dark Web

Nov 24, 2015
Bruce Johnson and Clare Toeniskoetter

A couple is forced onto the dark web to buy life-saving medicine; Ben buys a drug scale; and a researcher who says the dark web might make the illegal drug trade safer. Listen, decode, and decide: Is the dark web evil?

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In Brussels, Belgium, a kitty is under siege

Nov 24, 2015
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Brussels, Belgium, has been on lockdown the past few days.

During the lockdown, Belgian police have asked locals to refrain from tweeting about any police activity. No tweeting, fine. But what about meowing?

In response to the police request, the world got a taste of the Belgian sense of humor as Belgians flooded twitter with mocking photos of cats.

In South Africa, it's called the Black Tax

Nov 24, 2015
Sarah Birnbaum

Africans have felt a duty to care for extended family forever, but the way the new generation is dealing with this pressure is changing.

Diana Matumba grew up in Limpopo, one of the poorest regions in South Africa. 

There are no paved roads.  It’s a struggle to find a place to make a phone call. 

“Don’t even try finding it on GPS!” Matumba says.

She describes her village as remote, quaint and though she’s loathe to use the term, a little “backwards by advancement standards.” She says most people live in tiny houses.

April Rocha

ISIS spells it out plain and clear in the February issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq. 

It calls for the elimination of the "gray zone," that intellectual space inhabited by Muslims who don't side with religious extremists. You're with us or against us, the jihadis argue. 

Most Muslims around the world are unimpressed. 

"My entire life is gray," says Moroccan American author Laila Lalami. "My friends are from all kinds of different religions, or no religion at all. And so all of our lives in a sense are grey."

"The reality is this outbreak's not over," says Dr. William Fischer, speaking about Ebola. "It's just changed."

Fischer, a professor at the University of North Carolina who's been studying Ebola survivors, was speaking about the new cases in Liberia. On Monday, a 15-year-old died of the disease. The teenager's father and brother have also tested positive for Ebola. Health authorities have not yet determined how the family was infected.

They won't actually get to host Saturday Night Live, but four GOP candidates have completed agreements with NBC allowing them to broadcast campaign messages on affiliate stations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina over Thanksgiving weekend.

These deals resulted from "equal time" requests made after leading GOP candidate Donald Trump guest-hosted Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7.

An explosion ripped through a bus carrying presidential security in central Tunis on Tuesday, prompting the Tunisian president to issue a state of emergency for the North African country.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that a spokesman for Tunisia's Interior Ministry said at least 11 people were killed in the attack and 17 others were wounded. The state of emergency will last for 30 days and an overnight curfew is also in place until tomorrow morning local time.

A Russian warplane shot down over the Turkish border on Tuesday crashed in an area of Syria that advocates want to protect with a no-fly zone, or even a "safe zone" — fenced off from attacks by the Syrian regime or extremist groups like the Islamic State.