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12:00pm

Sat January 24, 2015
Author Interviews

Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:15 pm

In the State of the Union this week, President Obama noted that crime in America is down. "For the first time in 40 years," he said, "the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together."

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9:05am

Sat January 24, 2015
Simon Says

Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:00 pm

Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, right, told NPR's Scott Simon, left, in 2014 that he had a lot of fun winning games, but the main thing in his life was "making friends."
Peter Breslow NPR

Every Saturday just before our show begins I get on the public address system here to announce to our crew, "It's a beautiful day for a radio show. Let's do two today!"

It's an admiring imitation of Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame baseball player who died last night at the age of 83. Ernie used to say, especially in the long years of hot summers — including this last one, when the Cubs were stuck in last place — "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let's play two today!"

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8:44am

Sat January 24, 2015
Technology

Facebook Aims To Weed Fakes From Your News Feed

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:11 pm

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8:44am

Sat January 24, 2015
Sports

Remembering Ernie Banks, A Fan Favorite Whose Favorite Was The Fans

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:29 am

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8:44am

Sat January 24, 2015
Media

From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:08 pm

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8:44am

Sat January 24, 2015
Fine Art

As U.S. Reengages With Cuba, Art Museums Make a Trade

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:00 pm

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10:51am

Sat January 17, 2015
Latin America

Traveling To Cuba Getting Easier, But Expect Turbulence On The Way

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:03 pm

Travelers wait to check in for charter flights from Miami to Havana at Miami International Airport.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

New rules that went into effect on Friday mark the biggest change in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than 50 years.

While tourism remains off-limits, the Obama administration opened new opportunities in Cuba for banks, airlines, telecommunications companies and regular Americans.

For the first time in decades, under the new rules, Americans who don't have family on the island can travel to Cuba without receiving special permission from the U.S. government.

No Tourists Allowed — Yet

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10:13am

Sat January 17, 2015
Movies

And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:59 pm

Robert Duvall (right) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Judge, which also starred Robert Downey Jr. The nomination left many critics scratching their heads.
Claire Folger AP

"The right actors win Oscars, but for the wrong roles," Katharine Hepburn once said.

The Motion Picture Academy has a history of rewarding stars for less-than-celestial performances, and this week's Oscar nomination announcements left a lot of people scratching their heads — over the snubs for Selma, for example, and the nomination of Robert Duvall for best supporting actor in The Judge.

"I think most people hadn't even heard of The Judge before that nomination," says Alyssa Rosenberg, culture columnist for The Washington Post.

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9:43am

Sat January 17, 2015
All Tech Considered

As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:07 pm

Provo, Utah, is one of three cities in which Google is rolling out its Google Fiber gigabit Internet and television service.
George Frey Reuters/Landov

Americans increasingly see decently fast Internet as more like a functioning sewer line than a luxury.

And a number of cities are trying to get into the Internet provider business, but laws in 19 states hamper those efforts. President Obama announced this week that he wants to lift those restrictions, and supporters of what is known as municipal broadband can't wait.

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7:43am

Sat January 17, 2015
Africa

In Nigeria, Boko Haram Continues Its Campaign Of Terror

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:14 pm

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7:41am

Sat January 17, 2015
Animals

Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 11:57 am

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7:41am

Sat January 17, 2015
Sports

Four Teams Will Narrow To Two On This NFL Playoff Weekend

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 11:57 am

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10:33am

Sat January 10, 2015
Economy

Employment Is Up. Paychecks, Not So Much

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

A protester demonstrates for higher wages for fast food workers in Jackson, Miss., in December. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

The U.S. economy saw the strongest job growth last year since 1999, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Labor. The country gained another 252,000 jobs in December.

That's the good news — but this jobs report also dashed some hopes for fatter paychecks. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.

A month ago, it seemed wages were starting to pick up — but those November numbers were revised lower. In December, wages actually fell slightly.

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10:16am

Sat January 10, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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7:50am

Sat January 10, 2015
Politics

Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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