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4:01 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

Energy companies are adding workers, but fatal accidents are on the rise, too.
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Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:15 pm

Blue-collar workers, hit hard by automation and factory offshoring, have been struggling to find high-paying jobs.

One industry does offer opportunity: As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, oil and gas companies are hiring. They added 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012.

But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job — an increase of more than 100 percent since 2009.

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It's All Politics
3:06 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far)

Congress managed to get a few things accomplished in 2013, with an emphasis on "few."
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The 113th Congress, which just ended its first year, has come to be defined more by what it hasn't done than what it has. With two warring and ideologically polarized parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill, Congress has more or less become a quagmire for policy.

Still, one of the least productive Congresses of the modern era was able to accomplish a few things in 2013. Here are five of them:

1. Going Nuclear

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NPR Story
2:45 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

2013: A Look Back At The Year In Tech

A developer, Loic Le Meu selected for Google Glass explorer edition shows off his device. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 5:15 pm

This year started with high expectations for Google Glass and other wearable technology, but even by the end of the year those devices haven’t really reached the mainstream.

Companies like Samsung and Snapchat saw great success, while others had a few flops.

NPR technology correspondent Steve Henn joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to look at the year in technology.

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Egypt Launches Renewed Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian riot police run after Muslim Brotherhood members after a demonstration in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district on Friday.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:30 pm

Egyptian security forces carried out widespread arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members just days after the government labeled the group, which supports ousted President Mohammed Morsi, a terrorist organization.

Three people were reported killed in Muslim Brotherhood-led protests and some 265 people were arrested as part of the nationwide crackdown, which came as the political group renewed calls for massive anti-government rallies.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:13 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Gerald Wilson On Piano Jazz

Gerald Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist.

Composer and arranger Gerald Wilson has charted the course for some of the legends of jazz, including Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.

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Monkey See
1:59 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Time Machines, Time Capsules And A Live Studio Audience

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Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 5:31 pm

This isn't our first live episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour: Almost exactly a year earlier, we recorded a show in an abandoned bank during an NPR merchandise sale. But this one, recorded Dec. 10 at NPR's Studio One, is the first live show we've recorded on an official studio soundstage, complete with a seated crowd, food and drink for sale, and tickets that had to be purchased in advance.

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Stories Merge As 'Duck Dynasty' Fans Plan 'Chick-Phil-A' Day

One of Chick-Phil-A-Day's promotional images.
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Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 5:43 pm

Update at 5:40 p.m. ET. A&E Lifts Phil Robertson's Suspension:

A&E announced Friday afternoon that it was reversing its decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the show.

A statement from the cable channel says the decision was made after discussions with the Robertson family and "numerous advocacy groups."

Here's our original post ...

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Interviews
1:19 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

Amy Schumer isn't afraid to talk sexting, dirty talk or even the fine line between rape and deeply troubling sex in her comedy.
Peter Yang Comedy Central

This interview was originally broadcast on June 25, 2013.

One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. I really am."

Degrees of sluttiness may be hard to define, but Schumer does talk frankly about many subjects — including sex — that can be uncomfortable for people, both in her stand-up act and on her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, which was recently renewed for a second season.

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Shots - Health News
1:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some

Researchers have only recently been able to use brain scans to detect Alzheimer's risk factors in living people.
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Doctors have long suspected that head trauma boosts the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease later on, but the evidence on that has been mixed.

But it looks like people who have memory problems and a history of concussion are more likely to have a buildup of plaques in the brain that are a risk factor for Alzheimer's, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

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The Two-Way
12:59 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

The scene outside a Target store in Brooklyn on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Though hackers did obtain "strongly encrypted PIN data" when they got into Target's information systems, the retailer said Friday that sensitive information from customers' debit cards should not be at risk.

Target posted this explanation:

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 1:51 pm

A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk gathering of the telephone records of millions of Americans is legal — less than two weeks after another federal judge ruled that the program violated the Constitution.

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Planet Money
12:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Why Didn't Those Gifts Arrive On Time? It's A Pricing Problem

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Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 12:38 pm

Lots of angry customers took to Twitter this holiday season to express their frustration that packages containing gifts weren't delivered in time to be under the tree Wednesday.

While most of the angry messages were directed at UPS and FedEx, some retail analysts suggest there may be a different culprit to blame — overzealous retailers.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 26, 2013

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:47 pm

Debuting at No. 13, Long Walk to Freedom is the autobiography of the late statesman Nelson Mandela.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 26, 2013

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:45 pm

Dear Life, a collection by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, stays at No. 1 for the 10th straight week.

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 26, 2013

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:44 pm

Charles Krauthammer's Things That Matter, at No. 3, features essays on sports, politics and culture.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 26, 2013

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:43 pm

At No. 2, John Grisham's Sycamore Row returns to the world of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

NPR Bestseller List
12:03 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 26, 2013

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Interviews
12:03 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Mel Brooks: 'I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More'

Once vehemently opposed to the idea of being the subject of a documentary, Brooks had a change of heart. The result is an American Masters episode, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.
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Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 1:19 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on May 20, 2013.

Over the 60 years that Mel Brooks has been in the entertainment business, his name has become synonymous with comedy. He is the man who broke Broadway records for most Tony Award wins with The Producers (an adaptation of his own movie); who satirized Westerns and racism in Blazing Saddles; and who poked fun at monster movies with Young Frankenstein.

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Economy
11:59 am
Fri December 27, 2013

2013 A Good Year For Housing And Auto Industries

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 12:33 pm

Transcript

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Code Switch
11:58 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Harlem In Photographs: Troubled Neighborhood To Source Of Pride

Camilo José Vergara's new book is titled Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto.
Camilo José Vergara

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:06 pm

When Camilo José Vergara first began taking photos in Harlem in 1970, he expected to be documenting the deterioration of the historic neighborhood. In some ways he has. But over the decades, he also saw changes in Harlem that weren't so stark — growth, gentrification and racial integration.

His new book, Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto, shows more than 40 years of change in the capital of African-American culture.


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