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FALL 2018 FUNDRAISER

'We don't want to fall back!' Here are the totals so far: $42,585 (95%) / 172 Members / 3 Vehicles. Our goal is: $45,000! The 'On-Air' portion of our Fall Fundraiser has concluded. However, the fundraiser is ongoing. Listener support is KCCU's most important source for money to purchase programming. That is where you come in. To contribute online, click here. If you would like to call with your gift or pledge, the number is 888-454-7800. If you would like to mail us a check, the address is:...

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Editor's note: This story was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated.

The sweet potato evokes surprisingly strong feelings — and not just from the pro- and anti-marshmallow lobbies.

It is a staple of the African diet. And Africans feel passionately about it. It kindles warm memories. It's a neglected food that deserves a higher profile because of its nutritional value.

And some people can't stand it!

When he started at Beijing's Renmin University, one of China's best schools, a freshman scanned a list of student clubs and landed on the one that made him the most excited: Young Marxists.

This Thanksgiving, bitter — possibly record — cold could be served up alongside slices of turkey in the eastern U.S., while snow the day before could complicate travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Farther west, rain in the forecast could be disastrous for a region already devastated by wildfires.

A cold front moving through the Northeast on Wednesday was spreading some light snow in New England and the northern mid-Atlantic, said David Roth, forecaster with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.

They are hunter-gatherers who live on a remote, forested island in the Indian Ocean. They do not use money. They resist contact with the outside world — and have been known to sling arrows at outsiders who approach their shores.

They are the Sentinelese, one of the last tribes untouched by modern civilization.

And they may have just committed murder.

In Ralph Breaks the Internet, a hyper-connected sequel to the animated hit Wreck-It-Ralph, the possibilities of a Disney/Star Wars/Marvel crossover are breathlessly celebrated while fragile masculinity threatens to destroy the world. Cultural anthologists of the future will require no carbon dating to recognize this film as extremely 2018.

After decades of Americans gobbling up more and more turkey, production of the bird hasn't quite been flying the same in recent years.

The U.S. produced about 6 billion pounds of ready-to-cook turkey in each of the last two years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those were among the highest production levels on record for the industry.

But just looking at those two years misses the bigger picture.

After 10 years of consistent gains, the number of immigrant families enrolled in SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fell by 10 percent in 2018.

By the time someone clicks "buy" on Amazon, Jenny Freshwater's team has probably expected it.

Freshwater is a software director in Amazon's Supply Chain Optimization Technologies group. Her team forecasts demand for everything sold by Amazon worldwide.

This task, into which NPR got exclusive insight, underlies the entire Amazon retail operation. And it's central to Amazon's wooing of some 100 million people who shell out up to $119 a year for a Prime subscription, which guarantees two-day shipping.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Extinctions, by Australian writer Josephine Wilson, opens with a photograph of a man standing beside a large fossil from an 1879 book, Extinct Wingless Birds of New Zealand.

The past is invoked — a prior Eden where wildness reigned and the dark earth was rich and generous, the air thick with beating feathers.

"Tales of extinction often begin near the end," Wilson writes.

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