Earlier this year, NPR's Tom Bowman reported on the high casualty rates experienced by the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment of the Marine Corps — the Darkhorse Battalion. This was during their deployment in one of Afghanistan's southern provinces. Morning Edition reached out to a member of that battalion who is home for Christmas this year. Renee Montagne talks to Staff Sgt. James Foley, who joined us on the phone from Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
Dan Brown, author of the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, is back with his first novel in four years. Inferno follows academic hero Robert Langdon on a chase through Italy as he attempts to avert a biological catastrophe.
Designer Katie Shelly's upcoming cookbook offers 50 illustrated recipe "blueprints" for basic meals — from simple snacks to more hefty dishes like eggplant Parmesan. She hopes they'll inspire any level of cook to improvise in the kitchen.
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