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6:14 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Maureen Corrigan Picks Her Favorite Books Of 2012

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 12:08 pm

2012 has been a jittery year, what with the presidential election, extreme weather events and, now, the looming "fiscal cliff." Not surprisingly, many of my favorite books told stories, imagined and real, about people who felt like they didn't have a clue what hit them.

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All Songs Considered
6:14 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

We Get Mail: Learning To Love Music You Don't Know

Virtually every genre of music yields enough new material to overwhelm even the most dedicated listener.
Lars Gotrich NPR

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:26 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the piles of new CDs and holiday cards from local merchants are many smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, ways to delve into unfamiliar genres.

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The Two-Way
6:13 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Take That! How To Solve Legislative Difficulties, The Ukrainian Way

Ukrainian parliament brawls on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.
AP

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 10:18 am

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The Two-Way
6:13 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Report: North Korea's Satellite May Be 'Tumbling Out Of Control'

An image, from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), of what's said to be the launch on Wednesday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 11:34 am

There are conflicting reports about whether the satellite launched into space Wednesday from North Korea is safely circling the planet.

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Africa
6:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Egypt Heads For Showdown Over New Constitution

Egyptian clerics from Al-Azhar University hold a national flag as they shout support for President Mohammed Morsi and a new constitution at a rally in Cairo on Dec. 1. Secular and Islamist Egyptians disagree on the constitution, which critics say gives too much power to the clerics of Al-Azhar, the seat of Sunni Islam learning.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 8:02 pm

Egyptians are deeply divided over a draft constitution that will be put to a nationwide referendum starting Saturday. The document was drafted by an assembly dominated by Islamists. Most secular members of the panel, along with women and Christian representatives, walked out in protest before the draft was complete.

Critics say the draft gives key Islamic scholars too much power on a broad range of legislative issues, but it's still unclear what that would mean in practice.

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Don't Pass The Dutchie: Amsterdam Bans Pot From Schools, Playgrounds

A young man with a joint in his left hand jokes with the photographer as he passes a sign prohibiting the use of marijuana and alcohol, in a designated area in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The city's mayor says students would be formally banned from smoking marijuana at school as of Jan. 1, 2013.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 6:57 pm

Sorry, kids: No more smoking joints on the playground in Amsterdam anymore. This New Year brings new enforced rules on marijuana in the Dutch capital.

Technically, smoking marijuana was never allowed in or around schools, but there was no official way to fully implement the policy – until now. Starting Jan. 1, schools and playgrounds will be deemed "no toking zones" and those who disobey the new ruling face being fined by the police.

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The Two-Way
6:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A Cardboard Helmet, To Go With Your Cardboard Bike

Using a cardboard liner allows a cycling helmet to be lighter and stronger than standard models, says designer Anirudha Surabhi.
Anirudha Surabhi

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 6:21 pm

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This Is NPR
6:09 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Keira Knightley Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 4:29 pm

Leo Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina has been made into a movie several times, and in the most recent adaptation, Keira Knightley plays the title role.

The actress came in to talk with NPR host Guy Raz on All Things Considered over the weekend about how the movie's director, Joe Wright, and his team went about presenting this familiar story in a new way; how "Anna" seems different to her than when she first read the book at age 19; and the only piece of acting advice her father (stage actor Will Knightley) ever gave her.

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Planet Money
6:09 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Ben Bernanke Acts Like His Hair Is On Fire

Warm around the ears.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 1:56 pm

The leaders of the Federal Reserve just did something that sounds boring but is actually a big deal: They promised to keep short-term interest rates at zero at least until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 percent, or inflation rises to over 2.5 percent.

It's clear on its face why this sounds boring. It takes a little doing to explain why it's a big deal.

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Best Music Of 2012
6:09 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

Japandroids' music celebrates the joy of a life lived loudly.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 12:18 pm

The caveats practically write themselves at this point: Top 10 lists are subjective and inherently insufficient to sum up any given year in music. They capture the opinions of one person and one person only — think "favorite," not "best" — and are bound to reflect not only individual tastes, but also individual experiences over the course of a given year.

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