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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Monday, December 22, 2014

A new startup focuses on offering loans for the purchase of top-of-the-line smartphones. But what seem like deals come with hefty markups.
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North Korea Has Severe Internet Outage After Days Of Instability

Monday, December 22, 2014

In what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years, the country went completely dark on Monday after days of unstable connectivity.
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Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

Monday, December 22, 2014

The holidays are a time for giving — and for scams that prey on altruism, particularly among older adults. But several products on the market are designed to help fight fraud that targets seniors.
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What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Monday, December 22, 2014

An AP report accuses USAID of infiltrating Cuba's nascent hip-hop scene several years ago. Now that Cuba-U.S. relations have officially begun to thaw, what is the future of programs like these?
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Yule Have To Try This Gingerbread Buche De Noel

Monday, December 22, 2014

In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that's fun to make and "just as good as birthday cake," she says.
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Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?

Monday, December 22, 2014

President Obama to called the Sony Pictures hack as an act of "cyber vandalism." Robert Siegel talks to Alan Friedman, co-author of the book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, about that decision.
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Brazilian Politician's Fiery Comments Revives Debate On Free Speech

Monday, December 22, 2014

When a member of Brazil's congress said a female colleague "deserves" to be raped, it set off a national debate about hate speech and congressional immunity.
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To Patients With Heart Conditions, It's OK For Your Cardiologist To Take Time Off

Monday, December 22, 2014

A new study says that the mortality risk for patients with certain acute heart conditions was not negatively impacted if they are admitted to the hospital when a cardiologist isn't there. Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Anupam Jena about the study.
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Groups Warn Of Dangers With Funding Of Universities By Koch Brothers

Monday, December 22, 2014

In addition to famously subsidizing political campaigns, the Koch brothers also pour millions a year into think tanks and universities. Some warn that the funding can come with conditions that threaten academic freedom.
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An 'Erasable Internet' Could Be Welcome In A Hackable World

Monday, December 22, 2014

With our digital lives just a hack away from being released in the world, do we really want to store all our information in perpetuity? That's the question raised by New York Times technology columnist Farhad Manjoo.
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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Monday, December 22, 2014

The British singer, who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock, died of lung cancer.
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What Motivates People To Give?

Monday, December 22, 2014

The holiday season is a big time of year for charitable giving. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about a study that says portion of charitable giving is driven by social pressure.
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Former Regime Figure Elected President In Tunisia

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunisian voters chose a figure from the regime of the ousted dictator for president - opting for slow change rather than risking the chaos that has occurred after uprisings in other countries.
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How A Cuban Spy Had A Baby While Imprisoned

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sperm from a member of the Cuban Five was delivered to Havana so the prisoner's wife could be artificially inseminated. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley about the Senate staffer who made the delivery.
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Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Monday, December 22, 2014

Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman — whose credits include animated films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E to classic dramas like The Shawshank Redemption — kicks off our "Scoring the Screen" series with Robert Siegel.
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Obama Considers Listing North Korea A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism' After Sony Hack

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Obama administration is weighing options for a response to North Korea's alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The move comes after the FBI said it had evidence the Pyongyang government was involved.
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Mayor De Blasio Takes Heat As City Mourns Slain Police Officers

Monday, December 22, 2014

On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to an audience of police officers for the first time since the head of the city's largest police union said de Blasio had "blood on his hands" for the recent killing of two police officers.
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We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?
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Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? "Put a little Outkast to it," the soul singer says.
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Questions Linger In Fatal Shooting Of New York City Police Officers

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing criticism Sunday for past campaign statements some feel could have inspired the shooting of two NYC police officers. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Jim Zarolli.
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