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Planet Money
6:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

When Companies Agree To Huge Penalties But Don't Admit Doing Anything Wrong

Francis Twitty/ iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:07 pm

It happens all the time: The government announces some giant settlement with a company that's been accused of doing something wrong. The company agrees to pay some massive fine. Then, in the fine print, there's something along the lines of: "The company neither admits nor denies any wrongdoing."

Recently, though, some powerful people have been pushing back, rejecting deals that include this kind of fine print.

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This Is NPR
6:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' On The Silver Screen, Coming May 2013

NPR

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 3:37 pm

Watch the week's news get the treatment it deserves when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! brings its star power to big screens near you. It's Carl Kasell reading limericks, celebrity guests answering oddball questions, faces made for radio, and an unapologetic focus on heckling the headlines and fawning over the week's infamous foibles.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:29 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Super Bowl Power Loss: A PSA From The Cosmos

Things go dark in the Louisiana Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:14 am

It was a Super Bowl moment like no other. Thousands of fans packing a modern gladiatorial arena, millions more watching on TV screens across the nation and Beyoncé had just reminded us of why she is, well, Beyoncé. The second half play was just getting going.

And then the power failed.

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The Picture Show
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Pictures Of A Place Where No One Should Live

Kyrgyz girls slide plastic jugs back to their family's camp after chopping a hole in a frozen spring to fetch water. Men handle herding and trading; much of the hard labor of daily life falls to the females.
Matthieu Paley National Geographic

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:56 am

When photographer Matthieu Paley hiked up into the Pamir plateau of Afghanistan in the winter of 2008, the place had not been visited by foreigners since 1972, he says. That's how remote and inhospitable the region is — at least to outsiders. This rugged stretch of land, way up in the Wakhan Corridor, wedged between Pakistan and Tajikistan in Afghanistan's panhandle, is home to a population of about 1,100 nomadic Afghan Kyrgyz.

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All Songs Considered
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Music From The Knife, Four Tet And (Oh Yeah) My Bloody Valentine

Clockwise from upper left: Early photo of My Bloody Valentine, Grouper, The Knife, Ballake Sissoko.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:19 am

We had this show all wrapped up last Friday. It was totally in the can! Then My Bloody Valentine dropped its highly anticipated new album over the weekend and threw our previously recorded show into total chaos! But hey, it was worth it. We (and all the other My Bloody Valentine fans out there) have been waiting more than 20 years for this! Hear a new cut from the album and tell us what you think in the comments section.

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Political Junkie
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 3:22 pm

So what did you do during the blackout on Super Bowl Sunday? Other than, say, apply some deer antler spray?

For most Americans, it was trying to figure out the ScuttleButton puzzle on Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, it's always difficult trying to solve ScuttleButton while watching the game on Super Bowl Sunday. But now it's time to focus on the new puzzle.

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Monkey See
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Even Balzac Had To Intern

Before he became a founder of realism and an unlikely literary sex icon, the young Honoré de Balzac was proofreading legal filings.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:01 pm

A young man graduates from college. At his father's insistence, he begins interning at a law firm. But when it comes time to pursue the profession, he refuses: He wants to do something more meaningful. He wants to write.

Sound like your son/cousin/roommate/best friend? It was Honoré de Balzac.

That's right – before he became a founder of realism and an unlikely literary sex icon ("Do not suppose," an Italian count wrote to his wife, "that the ugliness of his face will protect you from his irresistible power"), the young Balzac was proofreading legal filings.

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The Two-Way
6:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Tuareg Fighters In Mali Arrest Fleeing Islamist Militant Leaders

Malian troops near Hambori, northern Mali are driving toward Gao on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:15 am

Here's a turnabout in Mali: ethnic Tuareg rebels once allied with Islamist militants have captured two militant leaders in the northwestern part of the country as they tried to escape into Algeria.

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Top Story: Targeting Americans Who Join Al-Qaida; Alabama Hostage Freed

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:37 am

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Book Reviews
6:27 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Writing Well Is The Wronged Wife's Revenge In 'See Now Then'

Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont.
Kenneth Noland Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 7:42 am

On one level, See Now Then, Jamaica Kincaid's first novel in a decade, is a lyrical, interior meditation on time and memory by a devoted but no longer cherished wife and mother going about the daily business of taking care of her home and family in a small New England town. But it is also one of the most damning retaliations by a jilted wife since Nora Ephron's Heartburn. See Now Then reads as if Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf had collaborated on a heartbroken housewife's lament that reveals an impossible familiarity with Heartburn and Evan S.

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