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2:05 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Planet Money: Taylor Swift, Helium, A Jelly-Like Mass and The Price Of Gas

David Cannon/Getty Images, Charles Dharapak/AP, Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images, Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 2:36 pm

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On today's show: Four Planet Money stories that aired on the radio but haven't yet made it into the show.

Here's more on those stories:

* A Sequester Is A 'Jelly-Like Mass,' And Other Notes On Fiscal-Cliff Jargon

* Clear The Secret Genius Of Taylor Swift

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Food
2:04 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Horseradish Tea And Other Global Cold Cures

Lidia Bastianich's great-aunt swore by a horseradish tea for clearing our cold-clogged sinus.
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Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 7:20 pm

From chicken noodle soup to alcohol-spiked drinks, everyone has a preferred remedy for cold symptoms. Since she was feeling a little under the weather, Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered, asked some foodies for their tried and true remedies from around the globe. Their suggestions range from the gentle to the pungent, but each bears a timeworn seal of approval.

Chinese Rice Porridge And Mustard Greens

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Former NBC Chief Jeff Zucker Taking Over At CNN

Jeff Zucker, who's going to CNN.
Robert Pitts Landov

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:56 pm

"Veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide in January," CNN confirmed earlier today.

The Associated Press writes that:

"Zucker will be based in New York and report to Phil Kent, who runs all of the Turner networks for parent company Time Warner.

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Planet Money
1:56 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The 38-Year-Old Woman Who Controls More Than 1,200 Companies

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 12:22 pm

Now that we own our own offshore companies, we were particularly interested to see this week's big Offshore Secrets project in the Guardian.

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Author Interviews
1:51 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

After Decades Of Dreaming, Dolly Parton Says, 'Dream More'

Dolly Parton, known as "The Queen of Country Music," has won eight Grammys and sold more than 100 million records.
Brendon Thorne Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 3:00 pm

In 1964, Dolly Parton told her classmates at eastern Tennessee's Sevier County High School that she planned to go to Nashville and become a star.

The whole class burst into laughter.

"Anywhere you go, people say, 'Well, ain't you afraid you'll starve to death?'" Parton tells NPR's Neal Conan. "'Ain't you afraid you'll go hungry?' I said, 'Well I couldn't be any poorer than we've been here. And I'm not a bad-looking girl.'"

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The Picture Show
1:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Afghanistan's Love Of The Big Screen

The audience at Pamir Cinema in Kabul watches a Pakistani film
Jonathan Saruk Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 12:07 pm

Unless you've been to Afghanistan, your imagination probably conjures up a pretty bleak picture of what has been a war-torn country for decades. Photographer Jonathan Saruk hopes to change that.

"It is important for people to know that while Afghanistan is a war-torn country with a plethora of difficult issues it must overcome," he says, "people there still live, work and occasionally try to have fun."

Movies in Afghanistan were banned under the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 until 2001, and only in recent years has there been a little renaissance in theater culture.

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All Songs Considered
1:41 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Albums We Missed This Year

Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:07 pm

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Monkey See
1:39 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Is That A Budweiser In Your Hand?: Product Placement, Booze, And Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker in Flight.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 10:22 am

At one point in the film Flight, alcoholic pilot William "Whip" Whitaker, played by Denzel Washington, peers into a hotel-room mini-fridge filled with pretty much every type of wine and liquor imaginable.

The shot showcases wine brands Yellow Tail, Barefoot, Sutter Home, plus Amstel Light and Heineken beers — even Red Bull.

This scene raised a lot of questions for me: When has any hotel minibar ever contained so much alcohol? Why has Denzel done three films focusing on transportation –- two trains and now a plane — in as many years?

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Sean Carroll Tells A Story Of Humanity In The Hunt For The Higgs Boson

Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 10:13 am

Now that the election is over its time to address that one burning question still haunting us all. You know the one I am talking about: What exactly is the Higgs Boson?

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Consumer Confidence Edges Up Again; Reaches Highest Point Since Early 2008

If they're confident, they will shop: Two women carry shopping bags down Manhattan's 34th St. last week.
Andrew Kelly Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 9:13 am

There was a "moderate increase" in American consumers' confidence this month, the private Conference Board just reported.

Its widely watched consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 from 73.1 in October. The index is the highest it has been since February 2008, when the economy had just fallen into recession and was headed down.

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