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When his cellphone rang Friday night, on Nov. 13, Joel Touitou Laloux didn't answer. The sun had long since set, the Jewish Sabbath was under way, and he doesn't use electronics on Shabbat.

He recognized the number. One of his sons was calling from Paris. Laloux, who managed the Bataclan theater for decades until he and his family sold it in September, now lives in Ashdod, a coastal city in southern Israel.

Finally, after his son's number flashed three or four times, Laloux answered.

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This time of year we tend to do a lot of writing about food. Usually we describe delicious dishes that remind us of home and our favorite family traditions, but there's something missing from that conversation: the tale of the kitchen disaster, the wreck, the unsalvageable mess for which the only remedy is take-out.

To fully appreciate the special anguish that is a home-cooked meal gone wrong, we've asked three people with particular knowledge in this area to tell us about their worst-ever kitchen debacles.

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Urban foraging might call to mind images of hipsters picking food out of the trash.

But one group in Massachusetts eats only the finest, freshest produce. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees in Cambridge and Somerville and turns it into jam.

Sam Christy, a local high school teacher, started the league four years ago.

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The President of France is continuing his quest to create a grand alliance against ISIS, following the massacres in Paris on Nov. 13.

Earlier this week, François Hollande met with Barack Obama in Washington. On Thursday he went to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin.

“Mr. Putin’s been saying the same kind of thing for the last couple of weeks,” says Moscow-based reporter, Charles Maynes.

France and Russia have both suffered from ISIS violence recently. France — with the attacks on Paris, and Russia with the bombing of an airliner over Egypt barely a week before that.

The pope goes to Kenya

Nov 26, 2015
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It rained on the pope's parade today. Quite literally. But it didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the 300,000 Kenyans who crowded onto the University of Nairobi campus, despite heavy downpours, to hear and see Pope Francis celebrate his first public mass in Africa.

A new report by UNICEF warns that the number of child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million in the next 35 years.

Though the rates of child marriage are on the decline in most parts of the world, the number of girls married as children in Africa is expected to increase by 250 percent by the year 2050.

At that point Africa would surpass South Asia as the region of the world with the largest number of young women who were married before their 18th birthday, the report says.

Colorado depends heavily on the ski industry, and the state’s mountain resorts depend heavily on the weather, and both will feel the pinch as Earth’s climate warms. Some Colorado ski resorts have long lobbied for climate change action.

With the Paris Climate Talks kicking off at the end of the month, Grace Hood from Here & Now contributor Colorado Public radio reports on how mountain resorts are approaching the problem.

As you gather with your family for the holidays, chances are at least one family member will be taking photos with a cellphone. The use of phone cameras has not only changed how and when we take photos but how we share them. What does this mean for the basic nature of photography?

Why Is Turkey Called Turkey?

Nov 26, 2015

As we thaw, baste, roast, and feast on our Thanksgiving centerpieces, a questions comes to mind: Why is a bird native to North America named after a Eurasian country?

Dan Jurafsky, a professor and chair of linguistics at Stanford University and author of the “The Language of Food,” explains the word origin to Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti.

Your Thanksgiving feast could be more affordable than past years. According to the National Farm Bureau, which puts out an annual price survey for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, serving a family of 10 will cost you about $50. Adjusting for inflation, that same meal back in 1986 would have cost you $62.

Feasting On Fuel

Nov 26, 2015

From the farm to our tables, up to a fifth of our country’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food. But those energy inputs are often hidden. Stephanie Joyce from Here & Now contributor Inside Energy reports from Wyoming.

On July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr, the sitting vice president, shot one of the nation’s founding fathers in a duel. Burr and Alexander Hamilton had a longstanding personal dispute that ended in Hamilton’s death.

Running used to be an action performed out of necessity, but today, most endurance running is done for pleasure and exercise.

It turns out that while humans can’t even compare to other species when it comes to sprints, weightlifting and other physical feats, human bodies are actually equipped for running long distances.

NPR science reporter Adam Cole joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about why running used to be so important for our ancestors thousands of years ago.