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10:21 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

On The Devil's Promenade, Searching For The Spook Light

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Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:16 pm

In a certain region of the Missouri Ozarks called Devil's Promenade, there are tales of a "spook light." According to local accounts, it's a mysterious orb-like light that appears in the woods — but only on chance nights. And, as many local legends are, this one is shrouded in mystery: Is the spook light real? What is it? Is it evil? Is it good?

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The Record
10:21 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Lonnie Holley: Self-Made Man

Lonnie Holley.
Courtesy of Force Field PR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:44 pm

Somebody does something a little different — they briefly step off the curb — and plenty of folks are ready to dub them a "self-made man" or "self-made woman." But what Lonnie Holley does, and what he has made of himself, demands a whole new term. He truly is his own invention.

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Planet Money
10:21 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Amazon Reviewers Debate Whether To Keep Quiet About Free Stuff

Amazon Vine Program
via Amazon.com

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:04 pm

Our story about Amazon's Vine program, which sends free stuff to some of the site's top reviewers, prompted some interesting online

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Shots - Health News
10:21 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Congress Moves Closer To Changing Medicare Pay For Doctors

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 11:28 am

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill don't agree on much when it comes to health care.

But, believe it or not, leaders from both parties on two key committees have come up with a plan to fix a longstanding problem with the formula that pays doctors who treat Medicare patients.

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NPR Story
10:20 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Could A Madoff-Like Ponzi Scheme Happen Again?

Bernard Madoff leaves Federal Court Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:35 pm

He’s known as inmate No. 61727-054 at the medium-security federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, where he is serving a 150-year sentence.

You probably know him better as Bernie Madoff, the convicted Ponzi schemer who cheated his victims out of $17 billion dollars — the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.

As we near the fifth anniversary of Madoff’s arrest, it’s worth asking: Can something like his Ponzi scheme happen again?

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NPR Story
10:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Climate Change, More Storms Like Sandy Threaten Virginia's Tangier Island

"Tangier Island Lifestyle" (Virginia Taylor/VTE, Inc. via www.tangierisland-va.com)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:35 pm

Virginia’s Tangier Island, on the lower eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, was hit by Superstorm Sandy one year ago. But it’s also being slammed by the changing climate and a rising sea level.

In fact, climate scientists estimate that in 50 to 100 years, Tangier Island could be underwater.

Longtime resident Carol Pruitt-Moore says she doesn’t want Tangier Island to be a memory she has to tell her grandchildren about — she wants them to be able to share her way of life on the island.

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NPR Story
10:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Tunnel Connects Two Continents For The First Time

The BBC's James Reynolds was one of the first people to travel in the new tunnel. (BBC)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:35 pm

A railway tunnel beneath the Bosphorus Strait has created a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul. There are already two bridges over the strait, but the tunnel should make the journey faster.

Work on the tunnel started in 2004, but archaeological excavations delayed constructions. The underwater section of the tunnel runs less than mile. Overall, it stretches more than nine miles.

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Ask Me Another
10:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Such Characters

Contestants gather for the final round.
Steve Petrucelli

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 11:18 am

In this final round, led by puzzle guru Art Chung, contestants are given the names of two actors who have played the same role in different movies, and they must name the character. For example, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both played Vito Corleone from The Godfather trilogy. Who was a more convincing mob boss? We'll let you figure that out on your own.

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Ask Me Another
10:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Ian MacKaye: Un-Punk'd

Ian MacKaye (left) and NPR's Stephen Thompson play an Ask Me Another Challenge in Washington, D.C.
Becky Harlan NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:08 pm

Throughout his career as a musician, Ian MacKaye has played, listened to and analyzed countless hours of music. But how will he fare in our version of "Name That Tune"? In this Ask Me Another Challenge, MacKaye teams up with Stephen Thompson, NPR Music Editor and co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, to identify punk songs performed acoustically by house musician Jonathan Coulton.

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Ask Me Another
10:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Urge To Merge

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:08 pm

In this game led by host Ophira Eisenberg, you get to become a corporate executive. Trust us, it's way more fun than board meetings and conference calls. We merge two well-known businesses, and it's up to you to create the new company's name. For example, if the company that prepares one in every six U.S. tax returns merged with a struggling video rental company, they would form H&R Blockbuster, which is a combination of H&R Block and Blockbuster

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