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Europe
5:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Santa's Black-Faced Helpers Are Under Fire In The Netherlands

People line the road to greet Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, and his "Swarte Piet" (Black Pete) sidekicks in Amsterdam on Nov. 17, 2013. In the past few years, Black Pete has come under fire. Some say it's a beloved tradition that should remain; others say it is a racist stereotype.
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Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:49 pm

For an American, watching a Sinterklaas parade, like the one I recently went to in Amsterdam, can be a bit of a shock. Because dancing around the dear old Dutch Santa are his helpers, known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete.

And Black Pete is played by scores of white people dressed up in black face ... and wearing Afro wigs.

In the past few years, Black Pete has come under fire. A beloved tradition for some, others say he is a racist stereotype. And the increasingly rancorous debate over Black Pete has gripped the Netherlands.

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Europe
5:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 9:49 am

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Now, in the radio business, we think a lot about sound and what it means. Sound is not always what it seems, as NPR's Corey Flintoff reminds us from Moscow.

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5:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

After Acquittal, Qatar Detains U.S. Couple In Daughter's Death

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:41 am

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Around the Nation
7:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Scrawny Tree Gets Charlie Brown Treatment

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 10:43 pm

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Around the Nation
7:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Squirrels Interfere With Cincinnati Zoo's Light Display

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 10:43 pm

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Asia
6:29 am
Fri November 28, 2014

In Pakistan, Political Oratory Is Flourishing

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 7:16 am

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5:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shoppers Expected Out In Force On Black Friday

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 7:16 am

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5:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

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5:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

U.S. Is Home To 1.5 Million Undocumented Asian Immigrants

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 7:16 am

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Remembrances
12:12 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

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Europe
6:25 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Passengers Push Plane In Below Freezing Weather

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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Europe
6:15 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Unknowingly, British Farmer Uses Priceless Dagger As Doorstop

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Marine Sgt. Kelly Brown Trains For Front-Line Combat Role

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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5:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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And now this - Thanksgiving in space. This year, two American astronauts will be celebrating the holiday aboard the International Space Station. As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, Thanksgiving in orbit has its pros and cons.

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5:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Shakespeare Folio Found In Small-Town French Library

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 12:12 pm

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