Thanksgiving tradition in Duluth now draws thousands An army of volunteers is putting the last touches on a Thanksgiving feast for thousands in Duluth. The annual free buffet started 20 years ago as a much smaller event in Superior. Now it draws hundreds of volunteers to cook and serve as many as 5,000 turkey dinners.5:22 p.m.
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Obama To Outline U.S. Goals At Climate Summit
President Obama will commit the U.S. to a goal of cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade at a climate conference in Copenhagen next month. His goal is to cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Stolen E-Mails Raise Questions On Climate Research
E-mails stolen from a climate research center in England reveal that a small group of scientists has been pressuring scientific journals not to publish reports that cast doubt on climate change. The e-mails raise questions about the impartiality of the peer-review process, which is designed to keep poor science out of the technical literature.
Group's Video Equates Flying And Polar Bears
A British environmental group has produced a video that shows falling polar bears slamming into the sides of buildings, onto the sidewalk or into the top of a parked car. The group, Plane Stupid, equates the weight of each bear, 400 kilograms, to the amount of greenhouse gases produced by an average European flight for each passenger it carries. Andrew Revkin, a New York Times reporter who covers the environment, looks at the facts.
Afghanistan Speech A Defining Moment For Obama
Next week, President Obama will lay out his Afghanistan plan in a televised address. NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says it's a defining moment for the president — and warns that like war presidents before him, Obama will likely face pressure to escalate the war in the weeks and months ahead.
Wholesale Market Highlights Real-Life Economics
Hunts Point in Bronx, N.Y., is the largest wholesale food market in the country. The action there happens late at night. The ebb and flow at the market, who's buying when, and at what price, are a real-life economics lesson compressed into a single night.
Pakistan Hemmed In By U.S. And Afghanistan
Pakistan is anxiously awaiting President Obama's decision on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. It's a widely held view in Pakistan that only a political settlement will resolve the Afghan morass.
Examining Mumbai One Year After Attacks
Pakistan on Wednesday formally indicted seven people accused of planning last year's attacks in Mumbai on terrorism charges. The indictments come on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks. Praveen Swami, associate editor of The Hindu newspaper, discusses the current state of the investigations and how Mumbai has changed in the year since the attacks.
The Butterflies And Beetles Behind Evolution
Alfred Russel Wallace was Darwin's colleague, a globe-trotting naturalist who helped shape the theory of evolution. Thirty years ago, an antique shopper wandered into a modest antique shop in Arlington, Va., looking for Chinese carpets and wound up buying a magnificent rosewood cabinet. It contained Wallace's personal collection of 1,600 butterflies and insects.
Nontraditional Thanksgiving Stories Shared
Listeners were asked to share their nontraditional Thanksgiving traditions. A family that watches Star Wars, one that e-mails poetry to each other in the weeks before Thanksgiving, and listener Becca Hutchinson, who makes sure to drop a brussel sprout to the floor before returning it to the serving dish, share their stories.
When FDR Tried - And Failed - To Move Thanksgiving
In 1939, the nation was thrown into confusion when Franklin Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving back a week, hoping to boost Christmas shopping sales. The move didn't work and Congress moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November permanently in 1941. Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of Happy Franksgiving: How FDR tried, and failed, to change a national holiday, published in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, shares the story.