12:10pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Politics

Poking Fun At Politics: A Year In Review

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. My thanks to Celeste Headlee for sitting in while I was away. Coming up, a new way to retire or keep a frail, aging loved one close. It's a new kind of prefab housing that you can set up in your back yard. We'll tell you more about it later in the program.

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11:51am

Thu December 27, 2012
Television

Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind 'The Newsroom'

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:18 pm

Aaron Sorkin's work includes A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War and The Social Network.
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As part of our year-end wrap up, we are sharing the best Fresh Air interviews of 2012. This interview was originally broadcast on July 16, 2012.

Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama The Newsroom follows the inner workings of a fictional cable network trying to challenge America's hyperpartisan 24/7 news culture. It's a typical Sorkin drama, complete with fast-paced dialogue, witty scenes and a strong ensemble cast.

So why a newsroom?

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11:51am

Thu December 27, 2012
Author Interviews

R.A. Dickey On 'Winding Up' As A Knuckleballer

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:18 pm

R.A. Dickey currently plays for the New York Mets. He was previously with the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.
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As part of our year-end wrap up, we are sharing the best Fresh Air interviews of 2012. This interview was originally broadcast on April 10, 2012.

Most pitchers in the majors stick to fastballs, curveballs, sliders and change-ups when facing batters at the plate.

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11:42am

Thu December 27, 2012
Race

Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race

A crowd crosses the street in midtown Manhattan.
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Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.

The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.

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10:39am

Thu December 27, 2012
Shots - Health News

Random Acts Of Kindness Can Make Kids More Popular

A hug is good for Mom, and good for her daughter.
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In the aftermath of Christmas, a parent could be forgiven for thinking that materialism has trumped human kindness.

Take heart. Children can easily become kinder and more helpful. And that behavior makes them more positive, more accepting and more popular.

At least that's how it worked for fourth- and fifth-graders in Vancouver, Canada. Researchers there have been studying empathy and altruism in schoolchildren for decades.

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10:38am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
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Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is stepping down.

The Associated Press reports that:

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10:15am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Dips; New Home Sales Rise

American consumers aren't feeling quite as confident this month as they were in November.

The widely watched Consumer Confidence Index from the private Conference Board declined to 65.1 in December from 71.5 the month before. It also fell slightly in November from October.

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9:51am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Salt

Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 1:25 pm

Visitors to one Kansas City hospital will no longer be able to buy a Big Mac on the premises.
Keith Srakocic AP

The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.

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8:57am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Wintry Blast, 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Snow-covered roads in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
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8:21am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Putin Signals He Will Sign Law Banning U.S. Adoptions Of Russian Children

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 2:55 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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  • From the NPR Newscast: Michele Kelemen reports.

Saying that he does not see "any reasons why I should not sign it," Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated today that he will approve legislation to bar Americans from adopting Russian children.

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