All Things Considered for Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sen. Bob Menendez is one of several high-profile Democrats who have voiced skepticism of an interim nuclear deal with Iran. Audie Cornish talks to Menendez his concern over easing economic sanctions on the country. Menendez wants to be able to enforce old sanctions and impose new ones if Iranian officials don't hold up their end of the deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emerged as one of the loudest international critics of the nuclear deal with Iran. It's just his latest clash with President Obama.

Winter Storm Freezes Holiday Travel

The Northeast is getting hit by a winter storm just in time for the peak of Thanksgiving shopping and travel. In most places it's only rain and wind, but the weather could bring delays for those heading to Grandma's via air, road or rail.
The push to get women to breast-feed has been so successful that many mothers who can't do it are looking for other mothers' extra milk. Milk banks that pasteurize and sell donated breast milk have sprung up. Informal online swapping of extra mother's milk has become popular, despite quality concerns.
The online magazine Slate has been listing read times along with headlines for the past month to let readers know before they click how long an article might be. The reading time is set at 275 words per minute.

Territory Dispute Between China And Japan Hits The Sky

The rocky diplomatic relationship between China and Japan has taken a downward turn in recent days over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies with the Council on Foreign Relations, about the relationship between the countries.

Swarming Thieves Wreak Havoc On Famed Rio Beaches

In a spate of robberies in Rio de Janeiro, young boys — some only 10 years old — descend on tourist beach areas, robbing and harassing people. The attacks come despite anti-crime efforts in the run-up to the World Cup and Olympics. It's a phenomenon that had not been widely seen since the country's crime-ridden 1990s.
For the first time, doctors have a financial incentive to keep patients out of the hospital. That's leading to some interesting changes.

Give Thanks For Delicious Football Matchups

Football, turkey and pumpkin pie. The holiday tradition continues with this year's matchups, including two division rivalries. Green Bay takes on Detroit, the Raiders battle the Cowboys, and the Steelers take on defending champions, the Ravens.

The Legend Behind 'Honky Tonk Heroes'

An album that formed a cornerstone of the "Outlaw Country" movement in the 1970s has just been reissued. Music critic Meredith Ochs has been thinking about Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes and its legacy for country artists today.
President Obama pledged that the website where consumers can sign up for health insurance will be working for the vast majority of people by Saturday. How far has HealthCare.gov come and how far does it have to go?

Wintry Weather May Put Thanksgiving Parades In Peril

Wintry conditions may affect East Coast cities' Thanksgiving parades on Thursday. In New York, John Piper of Macy's Parade Studios says the decision to fly the massive balloon figures will not be made until Thursday morning.
The conflict between Islamist militants and the Pakistani state has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the last few years. Recent moves toward peace negotiations were extinguished by a CIA missile that killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud. He's been replaced by a man notorious for his propaganda skills and ruthlessness, Mullah Fazlullah, also known as the "Radio Mullah."

John Mayer On Getting His Voice Back

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer joins NPR for a special Thanksgiving performance and interview Thursday. Mayer's vocal chords were damaged by a growth two years ago, but have healed after a series of treatments including surgery and Botox injections. In this preview of their conversation, Mayer talks with Ari Shapiro about what it was like to get his voice back.

Born In The U.S., But Struggling To Acclimate In Mexico

An estimated 300,000 kids born in the U.S. are now living in Mexico because their parents were either deported or went south of the border when jobs in the United States dried up. Schools in border areas aren't equipped to educate these children, who may be Mexican but don't feel Mexican.
Let's face it, while Thanksgiving get-togethers can be joyful, they can also be stressful. Audie Cornish talks with Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated column "Ask Amy," about how to navigate tricky family relationships during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Egyptians Hit Streets, Defying Protest Ban

Egyptian political activists are planning more protests in downtown Cairo Wednesday in defiance of a government ban. Tuesday, more than 20 people were detained, including about a dozen women who were later released on a desert highway outside the city.

Solid 'Frozen' Puts A Fresh Sheen On An Old Story

Featuring the voices of Broadway veterans Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Disney's latest cartoon fairy tale — loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen — follows a ragtag team on a quest to thaw an endless winter.

For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

In movies like Toy Story, Despicable Me and the new fairy tale Frozen, elaborate sight gags are critical to the cartoon humor. And the process of getting the laughs from storyboard to screen is more complicated than you might think.
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