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Zoinks! Tracing The History Of 'Zombie' From Haiti To The CDC

Zombies populate our books, graphic novels, movies and video games with race and slavery playing an unexpected role. Our national obsession with zombies dates back centuries and can be traced to Haiti. Code Switch examines how the word "zombie" was born and how it has taken a life of its own.

In Press-Rights Battle, Reporter Says Accountability's At Risk

The Justice Department is trying to compel New York Times journalist James Risen to testify in the case of a former CIA official who may or may not have leaked classified information to him. The case calls into question the limits of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.

U.S. Recognizes A South Korean StarCraft Player As An Athlete

The professional gamer just got a visa normally reserved for baseball players and other athletes to compete in the U.S., and more international players could follow. "Gaming is their full-time job," says Marcus Graham, a senior manager at the gaming site Twitch.

Sriracha: First, The Crisis. Now, The Movie

Can't get enough of that extraordinarily popular hot sauce? Now you can eat it up with your eyes. A new 33-minute documentary traces the rise of Sriracha and the man behind the condiment phenomenon.

Cincinnati Wants A Hippo For Christmas

The Cincinnati Zoo hasn't had a hippopotamus for a long time, but it's building a new exhibit and hopes to acquire a breeding pair. It'll take another $6 million to bring the hippos home, so this year, zookeepers are singing "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" to raise the money. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to zoo director Thane Maynard.

Random Street Assaults: Are They Part Of A Larger Game?

In the last few weeks, stories have emerged about the so-called knockout game, wherein black teenagers are said to assault white strangers and run away. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Code Switch blogger Gene Demby about media coverage of the activity.

Oh My, Ohio! Five States Named 'Most Likely To Curse'

All those customer service calls — the ones where you wait and wait and maybe even swear a little — get recorded. A recent study revealed which states curse a blue streak best. Topping the charts: those salty-mouthed Buckeyes.

Another Partisan Divide: Mitt Romney's Looks

A new study suggests that individual political biases might have caused 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to literally look different to Republicans than Democrats.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

Winston, the country's top-rated passer who led his team to college football's title game in his first season, was named the nation's best collegiate player. The award came just nine days after a Florida prosecutor announced that Winston would not be charged in the alleged rape a of a female student.

Government Pensions Aren't What They Used To Be

The latest budget deal from Washington includes provisions that would make new federal workers contribute more toward their retirement. And changing the rules for public pensions has been happening for a while at the state and local level.