7:12am

Fri April 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Kerry Warns North Korea, But Holds Out Hope For Diplomacy

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 1:00 pm

A North Korean soldier on the bank of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, along the Chinese border.
Jacky Chen Reuters /Landov

Walking a line meant to show both resolve and willingness to trust in diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday not to engage in more warmongering — but also said the U.S. is willing to talk with that communist state if it's serious about discussing denuclearization.

"No one is going to talk for the sake of talking," Kerry said, but the U.S. does want to see a peaceful resolution of the latest crisis on the Korean peninsula.

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5:49am

Fri April 12, 2013
Business

Eli Lilly To Lay Off 30 Percent Of U.S. Sales Force

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 11:25 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with layoffs at Eli Lilly.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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5:49am

Fri April 12, 2013
Latin America

Venezuela's Telenovelas

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Hugo Chavez, the late president of Venezuela, had a touch for the dramatic. He appeared on television all the time. It turns out, he also admired dramatic acting. In the 1990s, when he was in prison for an attempted coup, he never missed an episode of his favorite TV drama.

Once he gained power, a deeper drama developed. Venezuela was a huge exporter of Latin-American multi-episode dramas called telenovelas, until President Chavez's government changed that. NPR's Jasmine Garsd reports.

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5:49am

Fri April 12, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is, what do you want on your burger? The CEO of Burger King Worldwide is stepping down. Forty-three-year-old Bernardo Hees has been wearing the Burger King crown since 2010, when the fast food chain was bought out by 3G Capital.

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3:33am

Fri April 12, 2013
Media

Startup CEO Wields Small Antenna In TV Streaming Battle

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:30 pm

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia
Dan Bobkoff NPR

A top executive at News Corp. dropped a bombshell this week when he said the company is considering taking Fox's over-the-air network to cable. The announcement follows a court win for a startup company that streams broadcast channels online.

That startup's CEO, arguably the most feared man in television right now, is soft-spoken and rather techy.

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3:33am

Fri April 12, 2013
StoryCorps

Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 4:19 pm

John Curtis with his 11-year-old son, John Wikiera.
StoryCorps

In 1998, John Curtis and David Wikiera adopted a son from Vietnam and named him John Wikiera.

"I had always wanted to be a parent," Curtis tells his now 11-year-old son during a visit to StoryCorps in Rochester, N.Y. "So it was a dream I had, but I never dreamed would come true because Papa and I are gay. But we had some friends who started thinking about adoption and that got us thinking.

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3:31am

Fri April 12, 2013
Music

The Thatcher Era's Effect On British Music

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

Morrissey, an outspoken critic of Margaret Thatcher, is one of many U.K. musicians who responded to the late British leader's reforms in song.
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3:29am

Fri April 12, 2013
Space

In NASA's Budget: Plans To 'Shrink-Wrap' An Asteroid

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

A NASA mission proposed in President Obama's budget would involve capturing an asteroid and pulling it into Earth's orbit for observation.
NASA/Advanced Concepts Laboratory

When President Obama released his 2014 budget for the federal government on Wednesday, much of it was spreadsheets and tables. But one corner of NASA's budget looked like something out of a movie script.

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3:28am

Fri April 12, 2013
Planet Money

The Tax Code, Translated Into Plain English

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

Tim Boyle Getty Images

The tax code is full of complicated loopholes and deductions that require professional translation. So I called a bunch of accountants and tax lawyers and asked them: What are your favorite, most confusingly named deductions — and what do they actually mean?

Intangible Drilling Costs

"The government will pay you to dig a hole in the ground," says Howard Rosen, a CPA in St. Louis. "You can write it all off immediately."

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3:27am

Fri April 12, 2013
Latin America

In The Wake Of Brazil's Boom, Prices To Match

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:56 am

Tatiana Coelho buys fruit from a vendor in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 20, 2012. Prices, especially for food, are skyrocketing in Brazil.
Melanie Stetson Freeman Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

In Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, a Starbucks coffee shop looks as it would in the United States. It has the same jazzy music; the same items on the menu.

There is one thing that is different, though: the prices.

"Everyone told me it's expensive, but when you see it yourself it's shocking," says one customer, Thierry, who is from Geneva and is in town for a wedding.

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