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12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

No Joke

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:03 pm

Why Even Tragedy Gets A Laugh — When comedian Tig Notaro found out she had breast cancer, she incorporated the grim news into her stand-up routine--and got quite a few laughs from the audience. Notaro and neuroscientist Robert Provine discuss the origins of laughter, what separates the amusing from the truly funny, and why even tragedy sometimes gets a laugh.

The Salt
11:49 am
Fri December 7, 2012

When It Comes To Boxed Wine, The Cooler, The Better

If you're picking a boxed wine for your party this season, be aware that temperature is everything.
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Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:22 pm

Bag-in-the-box wine doesn't have the classiest of reputations. It's usually cheap and in the past at least, has been aimed at less sophisticated consumers. But in recent years, boxed wine has tried to buck the stereotype, whether by gussying up the product packaging or simply putting higher-quality wine in the box.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Fri December 7, 2012

George Zimmerman Sues NBC, Says He's A Victim Of 'Yellow Journalism'

George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, at a court hearing last June in Seminole County, Fla.
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Former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman says NBC Universal's editorial decisions made him look like a racist when the network covered the shooting and killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Nurse Who Transferred Prank Call About Pregnant Kate Middleton Is Found Dead

Two Police Officers stand guard in the early morning at the King Edward VII Private Hospital in London, England.
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Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 3:11 pm

A prank call by two Australian DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth has ended in tragedy this morning: The nurse who transferred the call that led to the divulging of information about a pregnant Kate Middleton was found dead in an apartment today.

The Guardian reports that the woman, Jacintha Saldanha, worked at the King Edward VII hospital, where Middleton was admitted, suffering from severe morning sickness.

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Monkey See
11:05 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Second Acts And Party People, Or Not

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Our first topic on the show this week follows indirectly from a correction we received about the current status of Andrew McCarthy: we talk about second acts (they do exist in American lives, you know), from child actors who now make cool videos and write great books to the complex question of whether going from

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Fri December 7, 2012

PHOTO: Obama Receives Concession Call From Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:19 pm

The White House just released a picture by Pete Souza that shows President Obama taking a concession call from Gov. Mitt Romney on election day.

It shows Obama taking the call on a cellphone from the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.

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The Fresh Air Interview
10:42 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Celebrating The Life Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:28 pm

This interview was originally broadcast in 1999. Brubeck died on Wednesday at age 91.

In 1954, polls in the leading jazz magazines Metronome and Downbeat selected Dave Brubeck's band as the year's best instrumental group. That same year, Brubeck was the second jazz musician ever featured on the cover of Time Magazine (the first being Louie Armstrong).

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Three 'Should Read Stories' About The Fiscal Cliff

Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as President Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders in November.
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Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:17 am

The bottom line on the fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill is that things seem far from resolved. As Politico put it, the last we heard is that White House congressional liaison Rob Nabors went to Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers that President Obama is not budging.

If Congress does not come to an agreement, the country is facing steep spending cuts and tax hikes that economist warn could send the economy back into recession.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal Returns To Gaza Strip After 45-Year Exile

The exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal shakes hands with supporters upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.
Suhaib Salem AP

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 9:14 am

For the first time since his exile in 1967, the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, returned to the Gaza Strip today. He arrived through the border with Egypt, kissing the ground in celebration and as NPR's Philip Reeves reports, Meshal received a hero's welcome as well as military one.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:51 am
Fri December 7, 2012

What To Do When The Bus Doesn't Come And You Want To Scream. An Experiment

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Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 9:54 am

We're in Milan. We're not happy. We're waiting for a bus that doesn't seem to come. Then we see this:

Three different sized sheets of bubble wrap, sized for how long you expect to wait: a little square for three minutes, bigger for five minutes, biggest for 10 — and the sign on top says: "Antistress For Free!!"

Everyone knows what to do. First, you calculate.

Then you choose.

Then you forget all about the bus and spend the time happily popping polyethylene-wrapped air bubbles.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 percent, As Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:44 am

The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. That's a four-year low.

The economy added 146,000 jobs, beating expectations. Surprisingly the BLS said that Hurricane Sandy "did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November."

The BLS adds that employment increased "in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care."

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top Stories: Japan Quake, Egyptian Opposition Refuses Talks With Morsi

Good Friday morning - here are our early stories:

Strong Earthquake Strikes Japan, Triggering Small Tsunami.

And here are more early headlines:

Skittish Investors Waiting For Latest Unemployment Rate News. (MarketWatch)

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Strong Earthquake Strikes Japan, Triggering Small Tsunami

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake stuck the Japanese coast that was battered by 2011's 9.0-magnitude earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami.

According to NHK, the state broadcaster, the tremor was felt from the coast all the way inland to Tokyo and at least 10 people were injured.

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Books
7:36 am
Fri December 7, 2012

'Gray' Has Random House Employees Seeing Green

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The publishing industry isn't doing too hot, except Random House, where things got downright steamy this year after it published "Fifty Shades of Grey." That bestselling tale of kinky passion has sold over 60 million copies, which is why Random House employees are now seeing green. The big announcement at the publisher's Christmas party: a $5,000 bonus for every employee, from editors to the mailroom. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
7:26 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Honest Bus Driver Returns Missing Euros

The Austrian press reports after his shift in Vienna, the driver was inspecting his bus and found a bag of cash. Stacks of euros worth $500,000. He gave the money to police, and they tracked down the owner, a 77-year-old woman.

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