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7:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries

John Podesta was Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff from 1998 to 2001, helping the president survive impeachment.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

It's not big enough to be called a shakeup, but the new hire announced this week at the White House is important: John Podesta will come on board in January as a counselor to the president.

Podesta is a Democratic wise man, the founder of the Center for American Progress, a policy and personnel incubator for Democratic administrations, and he just started a new think tank on income inequality — the problem President Obama says will animate his second term.

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Politics
7:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Senate Takes a Break After 48-Hour Debate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky heads to the Senate floor to vote on Friday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

After pulling two consecutive all-nighters, a bleary-eyed Senate is taking a breather on Saturday.

The fractious 48-hour session that ended Friday was fallout from a decision that the chamber's ruling Democrats made last month to move stalled nominees.

This week's session was the first since Democrats detonated the "nuclear option" and eliminated the GOP minority's ability to filibuster most nominations.

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NPR Story
7:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Hot Sauce Maker In A Jam

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The factory that makes and bottles Sriracha sauce is in trouble - for the second time this year. First, one of the company's Southern California plants faced a shutdown after neighbors complained about the pungent odor there, and now a California Department of Public Health has placed a 30-day hold on all new bottles of Sriracha, citing health concerns. NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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NPR Story
7:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

The Nobel Prize And The Rule Of Three

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week, Peter Higgs and Francois Englert received the Nobel Prize for developing the theory known as the Higgs-boson particle in 1964. But distinguished as they are, Higgs and Englert are just two of six scientists who developed the theory and because of the Nobel committees rule of three; that no single prize can go to more than three individuals, most of these scientists missed out on winning the Nobel, including Carl Hagen, a University of Rochester physics professor.

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NPR Story
7:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Candles, Not Media Cameras, For Newtown On Saturday

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

At 9:30 Eastern Time this morning, houses of worship across Connecticut will rang their bells 26 times.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELLS RINGING)

SIMON: These are the bells of the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Stamford. Churches, mosques and synagogues in Newtown are holding events today to mark the anniversary of the shooting. Not only prayer services, also some arts and crafts activities for children, even comfort dogs.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Sat December 14, 2013

As Centennial, Colo., Picks Up The Pieces, Sandy Hook Marks Anniversary

A woman hugs a student at Shepherd of the Hills Church near Arapahoe High School after a school shooting on Friday in Centennial, Colorado.
Chris Schneider Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:21 am

On the first anniversary of the second deadliest school shooting in the country's history, another community thousands of miles away is trying to come to terms with its own tragedy.

As we reported, an 18-year-old student walked into Arapahoe High School on Friday in Centennial, Colo., and opened fire, injuring one student before police say he shot himself.

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Around the Nation
6:01 am
Sat December 14, 2013

School Shooting Is Another Tragedy For Colorado

Students comfort each other at Arapahoe High School on Friday.
Ed Andrieski AP

A Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, chilling a state that's still trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.

Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High School on Friday alerted the targeted teacher, who quickly left the building. Police immediately locked down the scene on the eve of the Newtown massacre anniversary — a somber reminder of how commonplace school violence has become.

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Music Interviews
5:13 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

Rosanne Cash, seen here in 1956 with her dad Johnny, is one of many musicians featured in Oxford American magazine's winter issue on the music of Tennessee.
Courtesy of Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

From blues to funk, to country and rock, Tennessee is the place that's given voice to the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
5:11 am
Sat December 14, 2013

A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins'

Jimmy Greene holds a picture of his daughter, Ana, as he kisses his wife Nelba Márquez-Greene, at a January news conference in Newtown, Conn. They try to remember the good days with their daughter. "It is what brings me great comfort and great joy," Márquez-Greene says.
Jessica Hill AP

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

As much as Dec. 14 will forever be a day of unfathomable grief for Nelba Márquez-Greene, Dec. 13 will be one of unending gratitude.

"I will never forget that day," she says.

On that day, Márquez-Greene stopped the usual frantic drill: rushing to activities and errands, worrying about the dishes and laundry, even cleaning up the mess on the floor.

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The Two-Way
5:11 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre

Most parents of elementary school-age children say their schools boosted security following last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll from NPR in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Fine Art
5:10 am
Sat December 14, 2013

In The Background: Art You May Never Notice

Mountain Gorillas, one of the first dioramas on which Fred Scherer apprenticed, completed in 1936.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

You've probably never heard of painter Fred F. Scherer. If you've ever been to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, though, you may have seen his paintings — probably without realizing it.

Scherer died at age 98 a few weeks ago. His art — those big murals you see behind taxidermic animals in museum dioramas — deserves a closer look.

We visited the AMNH to photograph some of the installations containing his paintings, and spoke with Stephen C. Quinn, who recently retired as an artist from the museum, and knew Scherer well.

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Planet Money
9:57 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 10:45 am

Today's show is the final installment of the Planet Money T-shirt project.

In all, each shirt cost us about $12.42. We open up the books and explain how that breaks down — how much went to cotton, how much went to the workers in Bangladesh, and how much went places we would never have imagined.

If you're into spoilers, here's a graph that lays out all the costs. (Note: Many of these figures are estimates. It turns out, even when you're ordering 24,470 T-shirts, people won't tell you exactly how much everything costs.)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Our panelists predict what'll be the big baby name in 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Dog Park, Brief Distraction, Hail Me Anytime.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Guess The Newsmaker

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Our panelists guess the occupation of a mystery guest.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Another question for the panel: Click to Care.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Our panelists tell three stories about surprising trends that emerged this year, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Too Spoon?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 11:27 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Phony Fingers, World of Spycraft, Must Flee TV.

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