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12:22 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

In Wal-Mart's Earnings Report, A Lesson On The Tax Code

A Walmart store in Paramount, Calif. in November of 2012.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:31 pm

The New York Times points out something rather interesting about an otherwise mundane business story. Wal-Mart's fourth-quarter earnings report tells the tale of how changes in the tax code has both helped corporations and hurt them.

As the Times puts it, during the fourth quarter of last year, "the tax code gave and the tax code took away."

The paper explains:

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The Record
12:22 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Long Before The Harlem Shake, We Did The Shimmy

Gilda Grey, the dancer who is sometimes credited with naming the shimmy, in London in 1928.
Planet News Archive SSPL via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 8:47 am

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Planet Money
12:22 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

How To Start A Magazine (And Make A Profit)

The Magazine

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:43 am

Last fall, Marco Arment launched a general interest magazine. It's called, aptly enough, The Magazine. Writers are paid $800 per article. There are no ads. Until recently, it was available only via iPhones and iPads. Astonishingly, it's already turning a profit.

Arment walked me through the numbers. He has 25,000 subscribers who pay $1.99 a month. Apple takes a 30 percent cut, leaving Arment about $35,000 a month.

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The Picture Show
12:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

What If You Couldn't Just Say 'Cheese'?

12-year-old boy with his father, 2009
Sage Sohier

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:35 pm

Photographer Sage Sohier says she finds beauty in odd places. "I'm drawn to look at things many people would turn away from," she writes in our correspondence.

She also knows how to put things in perspective. Like: You may worry about wrinkles or complexion, she offers, but at least you have control over your facial expressions. Her portrait series About Face puts a frame around people who, for various reasons, lack that ability.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Convergent Evolution: Hyenas Offer Clues To The Human Past

Spotted hyena cubs socialize at their communal den in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Courtesy of Deanna Russell

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 10:53 am

When anthropologists work to reconstruct the lives of our own ancestors we bring together multiple sources of information. We look at fossils and material culture, such as ancient tool technologies. We even look at animals alive today whose behavioral patterns might provide clues to our past.

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Book Reviews
12:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Karen Russell's 'Vampires' Deserve The Raves

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 1:39 pm

I don't have a good track record when it comes to raving about Karen Russell. Last year, along with my two fellow judges, I nominated Russell's novel, Swamplandia!, as well as two other finalists, for the Pulitzer Prize. Result? The Pulitzer Board made headlines by deciding not to give out the award in Fiction. Nevertheless, I rave on: this time about Russell's new short story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New Fighting In Northern Malian Town Recently Liberated By France

Malian teenagers watch French soldiers pass through Gao, in northern Mali, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:45 am

As France continues to talk about withdrawing troops from Mali, following its military operations there against Islamist attackers, there are new reports of fighting in the northern city of Gao.

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Monkey See
12:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

'Argo' Is The Best Picture Frontrunner, But Why?

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and actor-director Ben Affleck in Argo.
Claire Folger AP

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:42 am

Programming Note: Sunday night, we'll be live-blogging the Academy Awards here at NPR.org, and the Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! team will be covering the red-carpet fashions, so be sure to join us to share your thoughts and see whether Affleck, Argo, and Daniel Day-Lewis have the big nights predicted for them.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Deadly Explosions Reported In Major Indian City

The scene of a blast in Hyderabad, India on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
AP

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:55 am

Update at 10:55 AM, ET: India's home minister confirms 11 deaths from the bombing, a lower number than previously reported, but he warns the toll may rise, according to the Times of India.

Update at 10:30 AM, ET: Media outlets now report there was a third explosion, and the series of blasts appeared to be timed, according to NDTV.

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Mountain Stage
12:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Michael Cerveris On Mountain Stage

Michael Cerveris performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:54 am

Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, W.V. A Huntington native, Cerveris worked at the Keith Albee as a young man, popping popcorn for patrons in the theater's basement. Since then, he's gone on to become one of Broadway's most respected vocalists.

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