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White House Says Any Response To Sony Attack Needs To Be 'Proportional'

npr.org — The White House says the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures was done with "malicious intent" and was initiated by a "sophisticated actor" but it would not say if that actor was North Korea. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the matter is still under investigation.
Dec 18, 2014

The West Wing: Season 1, Episode 3 // RT @nprnews: White House Says Response To Sony Attack Will Be "Proportional" n.pr/1AkN6z1

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MT @nprnews: White House Says Response To Sony Hack Will Be "Proportional" n.pr/1AkN6z1 // Showing the movie would be proportional

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On - Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

npr.org — They both started their late night shows in the same year, reinventing their respective corners of television by bending and sometimes breaking the rules. But, as Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson both say goodbye to long-running programs this week, only one has turned his showbiz rebellion into a launchpad for an even bigger TV platform.
Dec 18, 2014

If u missed: My @NPR piece on Stephen Colbert & Craig Ferguson saying goodbye tonight and tomorrow. ow.ly/G8lli

Dec 18, 2014

An interesting take on Colbert vs. Ferguson, who started their shows the same year but to very different effect - n.pr/1sC2xwm

Dec 18, 2014

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out n.pr/1sC2xwm Via @nprnews

Dec 18, 2014

Thanks! RT @designfeast: “Satire is parody with a point.” Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) in @Deggans’ report » n.pr/1zzGs88

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Examining The Psychology Of Sports Fans

npr.org — Copyright © 2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. DAVID GREENE, HOST: After 162 regular season baseball games, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates will meet tonight in a sudden death playoff.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @HiddenBrain: MT @jtuckermartin My team will be what kills me -- Reminding people of mortality increases allegiance to sports teams ow.ly/G8sgp

Dec 18, 2014

Hmm- Go O's/Heels? MT @HiddenBrain: Reminding people of their mortality increases their allegiance to #sports teams. ow.ly/24eOEH

Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

npr.org — Ebola may have slid off the nation's worry list, but that doesn't mean the United States is ready to handle an outbreak of Ebola or other infectious disease, an analysis says. That includes naturally occurring outbreaks like dengue fever, tuberculosis and measles, as well as the use of bioterror agents like anthrax.

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

npr.org — For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much anticipated report on British public libraries, which is set to be released Thursday. The Independent Library Report for England argues that, with help from the U.K.
Dec 18, 2014

Report: For public libraries to survive, they must become like coffeeshops: wbur.fm/1wIoI9i

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RT @nprbooks: Book News: British panel recommends that libraries become more like coffee shops (hot drinks, wifi) to survive: n.pr/1wmjGzn

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S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

npr.org — An African-American boy who was executed at age 14 in the killing of two young white girls has been exonerated in South Carolina, 70 years after George Stinney became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 1900s. A judge ruled he was denied due process.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @lmigaki: "His executioners noted the electric chair straps didn't fit him." On George Stinney, 14 years old when executed. npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

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George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old black boy executed in death of two white girls, has been exonerated after 70 years wbur.fm/1sDABs9

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Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong n.pr/1GtRPQI

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6 Things You Should Know About Cuban Cigars

npr.org — Cuban cigars come with so much mystic and soon you'll be able to legally bring back $100 worth. Here are some facts you should know. 1. Cuban cigars are expensive, even in Cuba. As NPR's Tom Gjelten tweeted, the new permission to bring back $100 worth of tobacco (or alcohol) allows you at the most 4 good cigars.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @WBUR: Soon you'll be able to legally bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars. Here are 6 facts you should know: wbur.fm/1wIrpaW

Holiday Spectacular 2014

npr.org — This show's stuffed tighter than a Christmas turkey, with festive food trivia, song parodies and reindeer games galore. Plus, Frozen's composers take on a Mariah Carey classic (you know the one).

Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet

npr.org — The latest word from scientists studying the Arctic is that the polar region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And researchers say the trend isn't letting up. That's the latest from the 2014 Arctic Report Card - a compilation of recent research from more than 60 scientists in 13 countries.

'Restorative Justice' A New Approach To Discipline At School

npr.org — In the second of two reports on Restorative Justice, we look at a "harm circle" session with two students who've been in a fight at an Oakland Middle School. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2014 NPR.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @NPRCoryTurner: Tape so raw, so honest it's hard to believe big ol' @Ericnpr was right there with his mic. n.pr/16vGaUT @npr_ed @SDrummondNPR

Dec 18, 2014

Tape so raw, so honest it's hard to believe big ol' @Ericnpr was right there with his mic. n.pr/16vGaUT @npr_ed @SDrummondNPR

Wolf: New York’s fracking ban is “unfortunate”

stateimpact.npr.org — Democratic Governor-elect Tom Wolf says New York made the wrong move by banning fracking. New York State health officials say there isn't enough evidence to show whether or not gas development has an impact on public health.

5 Defining Moments In The U.S.-Cuba Relationship

npr.org — President Obama said Wednesday the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which have been strained since being severed in 1961. He spoke to Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday to finalize details of the announcement. 2. A Handshake In South Africa Tuesday's talk wasn't the first conversation between the two men.

New Era For Cuba? Voices From Miami And Havana

npr.org — Just hours after the United States and Cuba announced they were moving toward normalizing relations, crowds gathered in Havana and Miami trying to come to grips with a historic shift. NPR covered the reaction in those two places with two pieces on Morning Edition.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'

npr.org — Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would prevent the state from having to grant driving permits to young undocumented immigrants, also known as "dreamers," who entered the country as children. A federal appeals court ruled in July of this year Arizona must start issuing the licenses to dreamers, who under Obama administration policy are permitted to remain in the United States.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @MorningEdition: Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers' n.pr/1C5bRyt

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The Many Rabbit Holes (Or Should We Say Labyrinths) Of 'Serial'

npr.org — As Serial winds to an end, those of us behind Code Switch and Monkey See have been talking a whole lot about the podcast. Here's part four of our exchange. Later today, Sarah Koenig will talk to All Things Considered about the final episode - available this morning - and we'll give you the details on that as well.
Dec 18, 2014

"Where was the pay phone? What's a Best Buy? What makes its buy the best?" buff.ly/1AubT1Y The many rabbit holes of #serial

Richard Hottelet, Last Of 'Murrow Boys', Dies At 97

npr.org — David Greene remembers Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the legendary Murrow boys, who covered World War 2 for CBS radio. He was 97. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @mcguffindavid: Richard Hottelet, Last Of the legendary 'Murrow Boys', filed first radio report from D-Day landings, Dies At 97 n.pr/1uVOvFQ

All I Don't Want For Christmas

npr.org — Warm up your vocal chords and join in singing some holiday tunes with the songwriting duo from Disney's Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Oscar-winning husband-and-wife musical team has written some of the all-time catchiest tunes about winter, and on a previous episode of Ask Me Another, graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go."

What Polling Says About Common Core And Jeb Bush’s Presidential Run

stateimpact.npr.org — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took a first step toward becoming a 2016 presidential candidate Tuesday. And that has many asking how his position on education issues would affect both a Republican primary candidacy and, if Bush survives, a general election candidacy.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @StateImpactFL: What Polling Says About Common Core And Jeb Bush’s Presidential Run: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took a first... n.pr/1C6HqIf

NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

npr.org — Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October. The scientists were trying to modify the MERS virus so that it's better able to sicken mice.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @NPRHealth: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned n.pr/1AkGJvH