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Around the Nation
8:01 am
Sat November 22, 2014

National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

A harvester holds ginseng roots. Wild ginseng roots can bring big profits overseas, especially in Asia, but it is illegal to poach the root from U.S. national parks.
Greta Johnsen NPR

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers.

They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

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All Tech Considered
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

This is Desert Bus. This is it --€” plus the occasional bus stop.
Desert Bus

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

What would you give to watch someone else play what's arguably the world's worst video game — for nearly a week?

It turns out, people have given millions, as part of a fundraiser called Desert Bus for Hope.

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Goats and Soda
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Obama's Step-Grandmother Continues Educating Young Kenyans

Sarah Obama, left, and her translator, Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Executive Director Debra Akello, spoke at the United Nations on Wednesday.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:58 pm

The United States has seen many fundraisers headlined by an Obama in recent years, but this week it won't be the president or the first lady — it will be his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, who is raising funds to build a school and hospital in her hometown, Kogelo, Kenya.

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Middle East
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 4:46 pm

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 19, 2014.

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Race
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

Some businesses in Ferguson have boarded up their windows in anticipation of the grand jury announcement whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:52 pm

It's not certain that a grand jury decision in a Ferguson, Mo., case will be announced this weekend, but officials, protesters and city leaders have been preparing.

The grand jury, which will decide whether a white police officer who shot an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges, met behind closed doors Friday. The city is bracing for what comes next.

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Europe
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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Around the Nation
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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Around the Nation
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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Governing
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

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Author Interviews
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:55 pm

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