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Planet Money
5:03 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

4 Reasons Subprime Loans Are Back (For Cars)

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David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:22 pm

"I wasn't even looking for a new car," Katrece Poole told me. But two years ago, a local car dealership running a direct-mail ad campaign sent her a letter saying they were making loans to lots of buyers. So she went down to the dealership, filled out the paperwork, and got approved — despite the fact that her car had been repossessed in 2005 because she missed payments.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Embarrassed, Thai University Removes Anti-Cheating Hats

This is the photo of exam-taking Kasetsart University students that went viral.
Facebook via Coconuts Bangkok

Wandering eyes at test time is hardly a new problem, but a photo of one classroom's unique solution has proved an embarrassment for Kasetsart University in Thailand, The Bangkok Post reports.

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The Two-Way
4:51 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Painter Created Million-Dollar Forgeries In Queens Garage, Officials Say

An anonymous painter in New York City created dozens of art forgeries, which sold for more than $80 million, according to prosecutors. The man isn't facing charges — but those who helped sell his Abstract Expressionist canvases as the work of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell are in trouble.

For NPR's Newscast unit, Joel Rose reports:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Capers And Control

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Running Afowl of the Law, Multiplication Problem, Coming in Second.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Bob Freer Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Animal expert Bob Freer answers three questions about Liberace.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kevin Fitzgerald Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Veterinarian and former bouncer for the Rolling Stones Kevin Fitzgerald answers questions about the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), which provided steroids and growth hormones to athletes.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Reptilian Personalities

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 11:27 am

Godzilla was gregarious.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Knitters' Revenge

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 12:03 pm

Hitting a Snag, Explicit Fossil, Special Delivery.

The Salt
4:20 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is said to have tucked slow-burning fuses into his beard and lit them on fire before plundering towns for gold and rum.
Hulton Archive Circa Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:40 am

The story of William McCoy sounds almost like a Prohibition-era version of Breaking Bad.

A mild-mannered shipbuilder, McCoy started smuggling booze along the Eastern seaboard during the early 1920s, only to become the top rum runner around.

He never touched his merchandise, never cut it with water, and shipped only the top-shelf liquors. In other words, he sold "the Real McCoy."

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The Picture Show
3:52 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

A Serengeti Safari From The Safety Of Your Desk

Cubs of the Simba East pride: too young to kill but old enough to crave meat. Adult females, and sometimes males, do the hunting. Zebras and wildebeests rank high as chosen prey in the rainy season.
Michael Nichols National Geographic

We don't often write about multimedia presentations — but if you haven't already seen it, you really should check out National Geographic's immersive project about the Serengeti lions.

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This Is NPR
3:48 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

The Curious Listener: Balance Of The Species

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 12:52 pm

If we've learned one thing this summer it is that NPR listeners sure love their dogs. But what about our feline friends? Aren't they equally deserving of the limelight?

One Curious Listener thinks so. And he wrote us to say that he hasn't heard enough positive cat stories on NPR.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:44 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

Lee Konitz.
Bob Travis Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz stops by to present a master class in improvisation on the standards. Konitz and host Marian McPartland get together for a set that includes "Stella By Starlight," "Body & Soul" and "All the Things You Are."

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hell With The Lid Off: Coffee Drinkers' Plight Exposed In Canada

"Is this coffee, or is this Fight Club?" That's the question Bryan Hansen of Calgary, Canada, says he asked himself after his coffee lid betrayed him — yet again — leading him to fire off a letter of complaint to the Tim Hortons café chain, sending it to the attention of its "Lid Manager."

Hansen's fiercely funny note won fans on Reddit and elsewhere, as fellow customers stood up to say they, too, had been suffering in (scalded) silence because of the coffee and pastry stores' flip-top lids.

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Song Travels
2:28 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hunter Hayes On 'Song Travels'

Hunter Hayes.
Courtesy of the artist

Rising young country star Hunter Hayes performed at age 4 with Hank Williams Jr. and led his first band a year later. Hayes is now a versatile instrumentalist, writer, producer and performer, with hits including "Storm Warning" and "Somebody's Heartbreak." His self-titled debut album received three Grammy nominations.

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Republicans To CNN And NBC: No Debates For You

During the 2012 campaign cycle, CNN was among several news networks that hosted Republican debates. Now, the GOP says it doesn't want to be on either that network or NBC.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:24 pm

Following through on an earlier warning, the Republican National Committee on Friday "unanimously passed a resolution preventing the committee from partnering with CNN and NBC for debates if they don't drop their Hillary Clinton productions ahead of the 2016 presidential election."

"CNN and NBC have shown clear favoritism, and they won't be hosting a single Republican primary debate," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

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Alt.Latino
1:57 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Play It Again: Latin Bands Reinterpret The Classics

Las Cafeteras' members embrace Son Jarocho — the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico — and use it to create political protest songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:45 am

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World Cafe
1:12 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Camera Obscura On World Cafe

Camera Obscura.
Anna Isola Crolla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:22 pm

Heartbreak has long resided at the center of Tracyanne Campbell's songs for Camera Obscura. Remember, she's the one who wrote a song responding to Lloyd Cole's "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" — naturally, it's titled "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken."

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All Tech Considered
1:12 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

A rendering of the proposed Hyperloop's passenger transport capsule.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:24 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

So Baaad It's Good: 'Sheep Protest' Video

YouTube.com/haywiredigital

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:16 pm

We won't get complicated. This is just a video that you might enjoy on another day when there's been plenty of heavy news.

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Shots - Health News
12:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Strange Bedfellows Among Groups Helping Insurance Buyers

He'll be right back. He's inside buying insurance.
iStockphoto.com

If you thought the doldrums of August meant a lower boil for controversy over the rollout of the federal health law, you're mostly right.

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