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How The U.S. Oil Boom Is Changing The Industry's Landscape

February 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

There is an oil rush in North Dakota right now. The state is pumping out 10 times the crude oil it did a decade ago. Fortunes are being made, and once-sleepy towns are now bursting at the seams.

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How The U.S. Oil Boom Is Changing The Industry's Landscape

February 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

There is an oil rush in North Dakota right now. The state is pumping out 10 times the crude oil it did a decade ago. Fortunes are being made, and once-sleepy towns are now bursting at the seams.

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How A Halftime Show Wardrobe Malfunction Changed The Internet

February 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

An accidental flash of skin during the 2004 Super Bowl contributed to the birth of YouTube. In another bid for eyeballs, Super Bowl ads are increasingly geared toward female fans.

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How A Halftime Show Wardrobe Malfunction Changed The Internet

February 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

An accidental flash of skin during the 2004 Super Bowl contributed to the birth of YouTube. In another bid for eyeballs, Super Bowl ads are increasingly geared toward female fans.

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Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music)

February 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

Sound designer Steven Baber challenged himself to create a piece of music using only bicycle parts. The result is "Bespoken," an atmospheric piece of music that is all the more beautiful considering the unlikely instrumentation.

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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

February 1, 2014 - 9:30am

Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.

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Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

February 1, 2014 - 9:30am

Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.

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Honoring A Japanese-American Who Fought Against Internment Camps

January 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

On Thursday, Illinois and three other states are honoring Fred Korematsu, the late civil rights activist. Korematsu, a Japanese-American, was arrested for not relocating to an internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He challenged the arrest and his case was heard by the Supreme Court.

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

January 30, 2014 - 5:58pm

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it's far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

January 30, 2014 - 4:25pm

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.

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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

January 30, 2014 - 4:22pm

The American actress has stepped down as a goodwill representative for Oxfam International. She came in for criticism after agreeing to serve as a spokeswoman, and appear in a Super Bowl ad, for an Israeli company that produces at-home soda-makers in the occupied West Bank.

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The Surprising After Effects Of A Notorious 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Audie Cornish speaks with writer Marin Cogan about the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident at the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, which happened a decade ago this month. Marin wrote a piece on the incident that is featured in ESPN the Magazine.

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Lobbyists Help Pay The Bill At Republican Lawmakers' Retreat

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

House Republicans are taking a three-day retreat this week, paid in part by a lobbyist-run institute. Members of the group get access to the lawmakers at the closed-door event on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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Syrian Opposition Group Treads New Territory In Geneva

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

The opposition group Syrian National Coalition took considerable heat from inside Syria when it decided to meet with government representatives at the Geneva peace talks. But after several days, coalition members say they're pleased to find their star is rising among Syrians. The talks have also been a kind of trial by fire for the coalition, which says its ability to make its case is improving daily. Syrians also seem fascinated to see government officials caught in face-to-face confrontations with the opposition.

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One Montana Town Finds Itself Buckling Beneath The Oil Boom

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Oil development is significantly straining communities across the Great Plains. In small Sidney, Mont., a steady stream of big rigs pounds the streets as a rapidly increasing population stretches the town's sewer system to its limit. As Dan Boyce reports, the mayor says the town has nowhere near enough money to pay for all of its infrastructure needs.

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The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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An Unusual Coalition Helps Mandatory Minimum Bill Clear Senate Committee

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would lower mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses and allow judges to use more discretion when determining sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

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De Blasio Drops Appeal Of 'Stop And Frisk'

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio moved toward fulfilling a major campaign promise on Thursday: he announced the city will settle a long-running lawsuit against the police department's stop-and-frisk policy. A federal judge last year found that the NYPD violated the civil rights of blacks and Latinos with its aggressive tactics. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed the ruling, but de Blasio won a landslide electoral victory in 2013 partly by promising to reform the stop-and-frisk policy. Now, some New Yorkers are worried about a possible rise in crime.

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Is The U.S. Leaving A Leadership Void In The Middle East?

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Robert Siegel explores the question with NPR's Michele Kelemen and Deb Amos, of whether the United States is disengaging diplomatically from the Middle East and whether that's creating a power void.

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Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.

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