4:37pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Media

With Current TV Purchase, Al Jazeera Buys Opportunity For New Viewers

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 2:44 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, evidence that size really doesn't matter - that is, size of audience. Al Gore sold the cable channel he started, Current TV, to al-Jazeera for $500 million. How many eyeballs does the Qatari-owned news channel get for that money? Well, here's some context. Here are some TV audience numbers. When NBC came in first among the broadcast networks for viewers last week, Neilson estimated they had 7.3 million viewers.

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4:37pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Business

Electric Companies Surprising Winners In New Tax Package

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:02 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The new last-minute tax deal cobbled together by Congress and the White House has produced at least one surprise winner, electric companies. That's because the two sides agreed not to increase the taxes that most people pay on dividends. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren explains why that is welcome news to the electricity business.

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4:37pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Sports

Weak Schedule Helped Some Wild Card Teams Into NFL Playoffs

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 7:02 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Finally this hour, as we get ready to settle in for the NFL playoffs - that's four football games per weekend over the next two weekends - NPR's Mike Pesca is here to offer insight, analysis, and I understand a little cold water. Mike, what's your deal here?

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3:49pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Planet Money

3-D Printing Is (Kind Of) A Big Deal

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:15 pm

The printed cup.
via Shapeways

The first key to thinking about 3-D printers is this: Do not think printer. Think magic box that creates any object you can imagine.

In the box, razor-thin layers of powdered material (acrylic, nylon, silver, whatever) pile one on top of the other, and then, voila — you've got a shoe, or a cup, or a ring, or an iPhone case.

It's miraculous to see. Press a button, make anything you want. But just how important is 3-D printing? Unlike earlier big-deal technologies (like, say, the tractor) 3-D printing won't really replace what came before.

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2:52pm

Fri January 4, 2013
The Salt

Dumpster Diver TV: Austrians Cook Up Food Waste Reality Show

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 9:43 am

The Austrians behind Waste Cooking want to show the culinary possibilities of food that ends up in the trash.
Courtesy Wastecooking.com

2:50pm

Fri January 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama (Officially) Wins! Electoral College Votes Tallied Before Congress

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:23 pm

Vice President Joe Biden shows the certificate of the Electoral College vote for Ohio to House Speaker John Boehner during a joint session of Congress on Friday.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama has officially won the election, with 332 electoral votes tallied in his column.

Of course this is old news. But the formal count mandated by the Constitution took place Friday in a joint session of Congress, heavy on ceremony and light on attendance.

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2:41pm

Fri January 4, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Help Pick The Greatest Jazz Vocals Of All Time

Ella Fitzgerald, 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Our partners at Jazz24 — that's the Internet jazz radio service from Seattle-Tacoma's KPLU — are making a list of the 50 Quintessential Jazz Vocals of All Time. They'll create an online stream from the results, and they're looking for your help. Vote for up to three of your top picks via a simple online survey.

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2:40pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Economy

As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook

The health care sector added 45,000 jobs in December and is expected to see continued growth this year, economists say.
iStockphoto.com

If you're searching for work in this new year, the Labor Department's final jobs report for 2012 suggests: The trend is your friend in 2013.

The jobs outlook is actually "pretty positive," said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an employment consulting firm.

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2:26pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Monkey See

Giving Horror a Bad Name: Five Bloody Good Alternatives To 'Texas Chainsaw 3D'

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:14 pm

It gets harder every year to identify as a horror movie fan and still hold your head up in polite company. A big part of the problem is the persistence of rabid slasher films like Texas Chainsaw 3D, opening today in theaters nationwide. Now, I haven't seen Texas Chainsaw 3D, and it would be a disservice, naturally, to pre-judge the film.

And yet somehow I feel totally comfortable concluding that it's terrible.

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2:00pm

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Now You Don't See Them, Now You Do: Pelosi Defends Doctored Photo

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:12 pm

The four lawmakers who were, but weren't, there at the time. (We put the oval around them to make them easier to see.)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Facebook page

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