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Marketplace: Christmas music and volatility

Marketplace - December 24, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Wednesday December 24, 2014: It's been a while since we've seen the kind of volatility that the market is experiencing right now. Many say this particular period could signal the end of the bull market. Plus,nbsp;Sony’s "The Interview" will open in some 200 movienbsp;theatersnbsp;on Christmas Day. It also will be available via video on demand. We look at thenbsp;economics of a theatrical release competingnbsp;withnbsp;streaming services. Finally, we look at the business of releasing a Christmas album. How much money do these artists actually make? Hint: not much.
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Would You Like Health Insurance With Those Stocking Stuffers?

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 1:35pm

While shoppers rush to the mall to pick up the last neckties and Transformers for Christmas, health officials are trying to pitch them on an unconventional gift this holiday season: health insurance.

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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters And Cost $1 Billion

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 1:27pm

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.

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China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 12:51pm

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.

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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Fresh Air with Terry Gross - December 24, 2014 - 12:28pm

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."

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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

NPR Arts & Culture - December 24, 2014 - 12:28pm

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."

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Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 12:09pm

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.

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Son's Death 'Doesn't Make Any Sense,' Say Parents Of Berkeley Teen

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 12:08pm

Toni Martin-Green came forward last night to say it was her son who was shot and killed in Berkeley, Mo. Today, she says, "I am trying to remain calm."

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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 11:23am

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Fresh Air with Terry Gross - December 24, 2014 - 11:11am

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.

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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

NPR Arts & Culture - December 24, 2014 - 11:11am

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.

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A Very Native American Christmas

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 11:11am

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.

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Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates

NPR Arts & Culture - December 24, 2014 - 10:43am

North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

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Teacher Wins $150,000 Prize — And Donates It All To Her School

NPR Education - December 24, 2014 - 9:54am

Nikki Bollerman recently won a contest that gave books to her students. The third-grade teacher, 26, decided the cash that came with it should also go to her school.

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Teacher Wins $150,000 Prize — And Donates It All To Her School

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 9:54am

Nikki Bollerman recently won a contest that gave books to her students. The third-grade teacher, 26, decided the cash that came with it should also go to her school.

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25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 9:44am

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.

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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 9:33am

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.

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Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 9:23am

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the massive presidential complex is a symbol of Turkey's growing importance. But as one opposition politician puts it: Only dictators want to live in palaces.

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An Update On For-Profit Colleges

NPR News - December 24, 2014 - 8:08am

New regulations and new complaints for a troubled sector; a new owner for a troubled college.

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An Update On For-Profit Colleges

NPR Education - December 24, 2014 - 8:08am

New regulations and new complaints for a troubled sector; a new owner for a troubled college.

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