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For Va., Woman, Thanksgiving Is A 'Free Day'

Patty Murphy of Richmond, Va., spends Thanksgiving alone and prefers it that way. Her choice to celebrate solo, however, doesn't always go over well with people around her.

Reflections On A Bond Forged Through Storytelling

When NPR's Renee Montagne thinks of her longtime producer Jim Wildman, she goes back a few years to their reporting adventures in Afghanistan. The two took five trips there from 2006 to 2011. Wildman will soon leave NPR, and in this National Day of Listening conversation, he says farewell to his friend and colleague.

How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York

New York has a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas, but the region is still benefiting from the drilling boom next door in Pennsylvania. A new pipeline is bringing gas into New York City, pushing down prices and improving the air quality as buildings convert from oil to gas furnaces.

Tell Me More Hosts 'Friendsgiving'

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and friends. Tell Me More hosts a 'friendsgiving' roundtable with some program regulars: Danielle Belton, Marilyn Geewax, Fernando Espuelas and Anupy Singla. They each share what Thanksgiving means to them, and how their heritage and culture influence their holiday celebrations.

A Year Inside The New York Jets

As many Americans settle in for a day of Thanksgiving football, how much do fans really know about the game and the players? Writer Nicholas Dawidoff spent nearly a year embedded with the New York Jets. He talks about the experience, and his new book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, with host Michel Martin.

Fly On, Snoopy (And Friends): Macy's Parade Balloons Get All-Clear

Snoopy, Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu and 12 other massive balloons will fly in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York police say. Forecasts had called for high winds close to the maximum that New York City will allow for the balloons to fly over the parade route.

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.

Democratic Senator Pushes For More Sanctions Against Iran, Not Fewer

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.

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.

Small-Business Access To Online Health Exchanges Delayed Again

No online registration for you, the Obama administration told small-business owners interested in using the Affordable Care Act exchanges to buy employee health insurance. Online access was pushed back to November 2014. Employers can still enroll through an insurer or broker.