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3:51 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?

Tankers are berthed beside the Fawley oil refinery on Jan. 7, in Southampton, England. With low oil prices, some traders are buying oil and storing it in tankers, hoping the price will rise soon so they can sell it at a profit.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 8:57 pm

There's a term traders use when the price of a commodity like oil has fallen because of oversupply but seems guaranteed to rise again.

It's a market that's "in contango," says Brenda Shaffer, an energy specialist at Georgetown University. "It almost sounds like a sort of great oil dance or something."

And Shaffer says that some oil speculators see an oil market that is in contango in a major way.

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The Two-Way
3:37 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Live, From Iceland: It's A Hamburger

An exhibit called "The last McDonald's hamburger in Iceland" now has a webcam devoted to it. The burger was purchased in 2009.
Bus Hostel Reykjavik

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:29 pm

They call it "The last McDonald's hamburger in Iceland." Purchased more than five years ago, it has been displayed in the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ice­land. Now a webcam has been devoted to the hamburger (with a side of fries), among the last sold by the American company in the country.

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Mountain Stage
3:11 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Joan Shelley On Mountain Stage

Joan Shelley.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Joan Shelley appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A native of Louisville, Ky., the singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of Nick Drake and fellow Kentuckian Jim James. Her latest album is last year's moody, languid, country-inflected Electric Ursa.

For her Mountain Stage debut, Shelley is joined onstage by Sean Johnson on drums, bassist John Pedigo and Daniel Dorft on keyboards.

SET LIST

  • "Rising Air"
  • "Easy Now"
  • "First Of August"
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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 6:08 pm

The name Junípero Serra is well known in California: Schools and streets are named in his honor, and statues of the 18th century Spanish missionary still stand. But Native American activists are far less enamored with the friar, saying Serra was actually an accomplice in the brutal colonization of natives. They object to Pope Francis' recent announcement that he will canonize Serra when he travels to the U.S. this fall.

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The Record
2:43 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A Rational Conversation With ASAP Yams

Some of A$AP Mob at BET's 106 & Park Studios in July 2013. Standing, from left to right, ASAP Bari, ASAP Yams and ASAP Illz. In front, from left to right, ASAP Ferg, ASAP Twelvyy and ASAP Rocky.
John Ricard Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:03 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:43 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

India Grows, Canada Disappears: Mapping Countries By Population

Can you find Australia and Canada? The cartogram, made by Reddit user TeaDranks, scales each country's geographic area by its population. (Click through to see the high-resolution map.)
TeaDranks via Imgur

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 7:55 pm

World maps distort — it's inherent in their design.

Take a spherical object (the Earth) and try to represent it on a flat plane (paper), and some parts of the sphere are going to get stretched. On most maps, Canada and Russia get puffed up, while countries along the equator get shrunk.

Every now and then, though, you stumble across a map that enlightens.

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Movie Reviews
2:38 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Bradley Cooper (right) plays Chris Kyle in American Sniper. The film has become a cultural phenomenon and has spawned knee-jerk squabbling.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:03 pm

In the years following the invasion of Iraq, it became a truism that Americans simply didn't want to hear about the war — especially at the movies. While there were scads of films about Iraq, including Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, none was able to attract a big audience. Until American Sniper.

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NPR Story
2:29 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Disability Advocates Fight Disabled Governor

Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott listens to questions from the press after a meeting at the White House December 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:57 am

For the first time since 1987, one of the nation’s governors is in a wheelchair. Texas Governor Greg Abbott won the race by promising to fight the federal government with his literal “spine of steel,” but disability advocates are saying that he hasn’t fought for them.

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NPR Story
2:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Forecasters Apologize, But Why?

New Jersey-based National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski apologized for not getting the forecast right for the snow storm this week. (Twitter)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:17 pm

Meteorologists have apologized for getting yesterday’s snow totals so wrong in New Jersey, where only about 3 inches fell instead of the 24 that was predicted.

But other weather experts say the forecasts were not all that wrong because due to last-minute changes in the air, the storm simply tracked about 75 miles farther east than expected, and dropped 30 inches of snow on Long Island.

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NPR Story
2:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Apple Posts Record Profits After Surging iPhone Sales

An Apple iPhone sits on a box on January 27, 2015 in San Anselmo, California. Apple Inc. reported huge first quarter earnings that were fueled by strong iPhone sales with revenue of $74.6 billion compared to $57.6 billion one year ago. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:18 pm

Apple reported today that it sold 74.5 million iPhones in its holiday quarter, besting analyst predictions of 69 million in sales, and pushing profits to a record $18 billion.

One of the factors driving the growth was increased sales in China– Apple reported that revenue in China was up 70 percent from the same period a year ago, to $16.1 billion.

CNN business reporter Maggie Lake joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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NPR Story
2:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Google Fiber Headed South

Google Fiber 'Triangle' van parked in downtown Raleigh. (Leoneda Inge)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:18 pm

The next cities to benefit from Google’s ultra-high-speed Internet service will be in the southern United States.

Google Fiber is headed to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area in the Triangle.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Leoneda Inge of North Carolina Public Radio reports.

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NPR Story
2:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Brisket Shortage Has BBQ Lovers Gnashing Their Teeth

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 2:29 pm

Drought conditions are forcing ranchers to thin their cattle herds, and that means there’s a shortage of brisket, the front-end cut of beef that’s emblematic of Texas barbecue.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that higher commodity prices have even forced one best-in-state barbecue restaurant to close down recently.

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NPR Story
2:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

$4.5 Million, 30 Seconds, 1 Super Bowl Ad: Priceless?

The Super Bowl ad from the glue maker Loctite involves people dancing with fanny packs. (YouTube)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:45 pm

This Sunday is the Super Bowl, which means the biggest and most expensive advertising night of the year. Several of this year’s ads are already available online, in part or in full.

Television is far from the only way to advertise during the game these days, so at $4.5 million for 30 seconds, is it still worth it?

Here & Now’s media analyst John Carroll joins host Lisa Mullins to discuss that question and some of this year’s ads.

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Shots - Health News
2:05 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Dr. Frances Jensen is a professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Courtesy of Harper Collins

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:46 am

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?

Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.

"Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, 'Oh, I better not do this,' " Dr. Frances Jensen tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Parallels
1:34 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

Some fake Apple stores like this one in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province, were so authentic-looking that even some of their employees didn't know they were fake.
Stephen Shaver UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 6:20 pm

Nobody does fake like China. In 2011, a fake Apple store popped up in the southwestern city of Kunming. It looked so authentic, even some employees thought it was real.

This year, three farmers in central China set up a fake local government.

This month, police shut down a fake bank in the eastern city of Nanjing, where depositors reportedly lost nearly $33 million.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Arizona Town Tries To Fund New Border Crossing

There has been a push for several years to renovate the Douglas port of entry because it is unable to handle its current level of traffic. (Jude Joffe-Block)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:18 pm

Outdated bridges and roads around the country need upgrades. But federal funds haven’t kept pace with the demand. That’s left the private sector and local and state governments to pick up the slack, even at sensitive border crossings.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Indiana Governor Getting Heat For State-Sponsored News Site

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a speech in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Conroy/AP)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:18 pm

Next month, the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, plans to launch a website called “Just IN,” posting stories about his administration and the state in general, and at times, breaking news about the governor.

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Vermont Singer-Songwriter Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty and Mark Erelli perform in the Radio Boston studios. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:18 pm

Vermont-born Caitlin Canty is a 31-year-old rock, folk and blues artist who has just released her third album, “Reckless Skyline.” She spoke with host Lisa Mullins on WBUR’s Radio Boston. She also performs some of her music with musician Mark Erelli.

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NPR Story
1:29 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Despite Protests, Mexican Officials Declare Missing Students Dead

Relatives pose with portraits of the 43 missing students during a press conference in Mexico city, on January 27, 2015. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 3:17 pm

Four months after the disappearance of 43 college students erupted into a national and political crisis in Mexico, officials are declaring those students dead.

This comes after hundreds of interviews and 99 detentions of cartel members and government officials thought to be connected with the crime.

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NPR Story
1:29 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Zillow And 'The New Rules Of Real Estate'

(futureatlas/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:19 pm

In the latest installment of our new series of conversation with leaders, called View From The Top, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries.

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