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5:54pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The 'Shroom Burger From Shake Shack

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Mouth's eye view of the 'Shroom Burger.
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If you haven't heard of Shake Shack, it's a hip, growing national chain where Americans go to stand in long lines. Also, it serves food.

We tried the 'Shroom Burger, a breaded and deep-fried cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom patty in a bun. It's topped with lettuce, tomato and the chain's special sauce.

Peter: In order to get the mushrooms stuffed with cheese, they plant the spores in a block of Velveeta.

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5:50pm

Mon December 22, 2014
NPR Story

North Korea Has Severe Internet Outage After Days Of Instability

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:29 pm

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5:50pm

Mon December 22, 2014
On Aging

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

More than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60.
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This is the season for generosity — and for con artists who take advantage of it.

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams; more than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60, according to the FTC. But now there are products on the market designed to protect seniors' nest eggs.

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5:50pm

Mon December 22, 2014
All Tech Considered

What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 6:51 pm

Startup Better Finance is offering lease-to-own programs for high-end smartphones. But some customers say that retail stores, such as MetroPCS, aren't always clear about the lease terms up front.
Larry W. Smith EPA/Landov

If you visit a local strip mall or downtown shopping street, it's not hard to find a store where customers can lease-to-own. That is, you can pay over time and eventually, after some chunky fees, a flat screen TV or living room set is yours.

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5:29pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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5:27pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 6:16 pm

North Korea's Internet is offline — days after President Obama pledged a "proportional response" to the communist country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures, multiple news reports say.

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5:21pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Code Switch

A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

PBS

It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see
is the same set of specials on network TV.
There's
Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin
But not too much brown in this mostly white canon.

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4:46pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

In Namibia today, members of the ancient tribe of hunter-gatherers still forage. New genetic research reveals they were once the largest group of humans.
Stephan C. Schuster Penn State University

Some 22,000 years ago, they were the largest group of humans on earth: the Khoisan, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in southern Africa.

Today, only about 100,000 Khoisan, who are also known as Bushmen, remain. Stephen C. Schuster, professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has published new research about the tribe, many of whom now live in poverty, their cultural traditions endangered. We spoke to Schuster about his study and the lives of the Khoisan.

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4:44pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Humans

What Motivates People To Give?

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:50 pm

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4:44pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Movie Interviews

Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:50 pm

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4:31pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses

Ramon Maldonado takes his driving test with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. Many young immigrants protected from deportation under the Obama administration's new policies began pursuing driver's licenses in the state Monday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Hundreds of people who entered the U.S. without documentation as children lined up to seek licenses in Arizona on Monday, days after the Supreme Court declined to support the state's ban on issuing licenses to young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents.

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4:31pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

Gary Waters Getty Images/Ikon Images

If your cardiologist is away at a conference when you're having a stabbing feeling in your chest, don't fret. You may be more likely to live.

A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found frail patients admitted to teaching hospitals with two common types of heart problems were more likely to survive on days when national cardiology conferences were going on.

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4:23pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Remembrances

Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:54 pm

Joe Cocker.
Ernesto Ruscio Getty Images

Joe Cocker died Monday at his home in Crawford, Colo., after what his publicist described as a hard-fought battle with small-cell lung cancer. He was 70.

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3:34pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

'Rolling Stone' Asks Columbia J-School To Investigate Flawed Rape Story

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:09 pm

Jann Wenner, the editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, says the magazine has asked Columbia Journalism School to investigate the editorial process that resulted in its flawed story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

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3:03pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:44 pm

Farming helped fuel the rise of civilizations, but it may also have given us less robust bones.
Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

Compared with other primates and our early human ancestors, we modern humans have skeletons that are relatively lightweight — and scientists say that basically may be because we got lazy.

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