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New In The Next Year: From Acting To Electric Cars

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:08pm

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, talks with host Arun Rath about what he's most excited about in 2014: Japan's burgeoning role on the world stage, the rise of actor Idris Elba and Tesla's electric cars.

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Controversial Since Day 1, Bowl Championship Series To End

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:08pm

On Monday, the BCS National Championship featuring Florida State and Auburn University will mark the end of the confusing and controversial Bowl Championship Series. Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about what this means for the future of NCAA football.

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Iraq's Anbar Province Under Threat From Al-Qaida

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:08pm

Heavy fighting has been reported in the Anbar province of Iraq this week. NPR's Arun Rath speaks to Middle East specialist Kirk Sowell about what it means.

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With Benefits Cut, Unemployed Take Stock Of Dwindling Options

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:59pm

Emergency unemployment insurance expired Dec. 28 for an estimated 1.3 million Americans. That includes more than 220,000 Californians. They responded with everything from returning Christmas presents for cash to packing up and leaving the state. Congress could still renew these emergency benefits, as they have multiple times since 2008.

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Dad's Message Recorded At War, A Gift Given Decades Later

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:36pm

Sgt. Cody Wolf died in World War II on Jan. 11, 1944, when his plane was shot down. Weeks before his death, he contributed to a Christmas broadcast recorded on the front lines. His daughter, Margaret Ann Wolf Harris, heard that recording for the first time in December.

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From Springsteen To St. Vincent, A Look At 2014's New Music

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:59am

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson joins NPR's Arun Rath with a few of the new albums he's looking forward to hearing in 2014, including Bruce Springsteen, Cibo Matto, Against Me! and more.

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For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:02pm

Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.

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Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:54pm

Cities across the country saw sharp drops in violent crime rates in 2013. For some big cities, murder rates reached historic lows. The numbers reflect a decades-long decline, which shows that plenty of neighborhoods in urban areas are safe while some remain troubled by violent crime.

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Jimmy Santiago Baca, From Prison To Poetry

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:53pm

Jimmy Santiago Baca began writing poetry while he was serving a five-year sentence in prison. His new anthology tells the story of his journey to becoming a celebrated Chicano poet.

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Explanatory Verticals Give Big Name Journalists More Power

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:49pm

Ezra Klein, founder of The Washington Post's Wonkblog policy website, is planning to leave the Post, according to a report in Friday's The New York Times. The Times says the Post's new owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and the Post's publisher turned down Klein's request for a dollar amount in "eight figures" to launch a new explanatory journalism venture. It's a boom time for so-called "content verticals" among news operations, with new projects being launched by the Times, The Wall Street Journal, and ESPN, among others.

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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:37pm

So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.

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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:29pm

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:16pm

An Alameda County ordinance puts the responsibility for drug disposal squarely on the companies that made the medicines. States and the federal government have considered similar measures, but none has passed.

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Bill Overstreet, Famed WWII Fighter Pilot, Dies At 92

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

World War II fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr. passed away Sunday. He was 92. Overstreet gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches during the war in pursuit of a German aircraft.

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Winter Weather Could Impact NFL Playoffs

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

The NFL playoffs start this weekend with two games each on Saturday and Sunday. The weather may be a big factor in games in Green Bay, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

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Maine's Homeless Struggle In Sub-Zero Temperatures

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

The latest winter storm left parts of Maine feeling as cold as 45 degrees below zero. For the homeless, the blistering cold makes an already difficult situation challenging. Susan Sharon found people lined up at a city shelter, making the best of the resources available while outreach workers quizzed them about whether they had warm places to spend the night.

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Cities Across Northeast, Midwest Dig Out From Winter Storm

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

People are digging out after the year's first big winter storm dumped snow and dropped temperatures from Michigan to Maine. Flights were delayed, roads were closed, and several deaths were reported. But most residents seem to feel that it could have been much worse.

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This Is Not Your Parents' Health Insurance

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

Oscar is not your typical health insurance company. The New York City startup — the first new health insurer in years — is run by veterans of many of Silicon Valley's biggest names. And the way the company's founders see it, your insurance should play a bigger role in your life — not just handling claims, but using technology to keep medical life organized.

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Week In Politics: de Blasio Sworn In, Benghazi Comes Back And Brooks On Pot

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They discuss newly minted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to deliver on his populist campaign agenda, the political implications of the latest revelations in last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, and David Brooks' op-ed on pot-smoking.

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Congress Works To Flesh Out Budget Deal Before Jan. 15 Deadline

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:44pm

It's been more than a month since leaders of the House and Senate budget committee worked out a broad agreement for federal spending, and their staffs are still working furiously to flesh out the outline before the deadline of January 15. So for many on Capitol Hill, there's been no holiday break.

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