Technology
11:03 am
Fri December 14, 2012

'Instant' Looks At Polaroid's Land

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Murder Him? 'I Barely Saw Him,' McAfee Says Of Neighbor

John McAfee in Miami on Thursday.
Paula Bustamante AFP/Getty Images

If you're fascinated by the story of anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee and his flight from Belize after authorities there said they want to talk to him about a neighbor's murder, CNBC has abo

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Barbershop
10:06 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Unions — Who Needs 'Em?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:20 am

In this week's Barbershop, the guys weigh in on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration for secretary of state. They also discuss Michigan's right-to-work law and whether unions are still relevant today.

Remembrances
10:06 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Remembering Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:20 am

Lawrence Guyot spent his life fighting for civil rights - but often at great personal cost. He was jailed and beaten regularly by police in the Deep South while helping black people get involved in politics. Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who worked alongside Guyot, about his life and activism.

Middle East
10:06 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Who Benefits From Syrian Civil War?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:20 am

Egyptians are voting on a new constitution - but the vote is polarizing the country. Meanwhile, in Syria, the main opposition group is now recognized by the U.S., but there are questions about al-Qaeda affiliates fighting alongside them. To make sense of the developments, host Michel Martin talks with Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera International.

The Salt
10:03 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Brewers Prepare Beer For The End Of Time, Mayan Or Otherwise

Great Basin's Mayan Maybe? beer has been a fast seller, the company's brewmaster says.
Jazz Aldrich Great Basin Brewing Company

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:50 am

The world isn't going to end next Friday, but Dec. 21, 2012, has come to be known as the Mayan apocalypse because that's when the Mayan calendar ends. As scientists have told us repeatedly, the end of the calendar year was actually a time for celebration and renewal — the equivalent of an ancient New Year's Eve. So breweries around the country have decided to celebrate with — what else? — beer.

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State Capitol News
10:02 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Gov's Panel Recommends Taxing Web Sales

A gubernatorial panel on Thursday recommended changes in state law that eventually could mean Arizonans paying sales taxes on everything they buy on the World Wide Web.

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NPR Story
9:59 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Alan Alda's Challenge to Scientists: What is Time?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:03 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Of course we'll be keeping you up to date this hour on the shooting spree that's been going on in Newtown, Connecticut. But first something different. When Alan Alda was 11, he asked one of his teachers: What is a flame? The answer he got back was oxidation. Accurate, yeah, but not very helpful.

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NPR Story
9:59 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Is It Possible To Create A Mind?

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:03 am

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, what is intelligence? What is thought? What does it really mean to have a mind? And if we can answer those questions, is it possible for people to reverse-engineer the process and build an artificial mind? Sure, there are things like Siri, which can understand enough of your question to pull up directions to the restaurant, and there's IBM's Watson, which took on human contestants in a game of "Jeopardy!" and won. But how to jump the gap from those to something everyone would agree is truly intelligent?

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NPR Story
9:59 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Ask A Quantum Mechanic

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 11:03 am

Did you know plants use quantum mechanics every day? That quantum computers can hack the encryption used in online commerce? Or that a 'quantum internet' could someday teleport your emails? MIT's Seth Lloyd discusses those and other quantum mysteries in this episode of "Ask a quantum mechanic."

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