"A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that."
—B. A. Billingsly
- The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:31:00 -0500
- Rudy Kurniawan, once considered one of the world's most formidable wine collectors, was convicted Wednesday of making cheap wine blends in his house and then passing them off as some of the rarest wines in the world, for thousands of dollars each, at auction.
- Fed Says It Will Begin Tapering Off Its Stimulus In January Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:09:00 -0500
- The Federal Reserve will trim back off its bond-buying program, reducing its purchases by $10 billion per month.
- Beijing: Near Miss As U.S. Warship 'Harassed' Chinese Vessel Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:45:00 -0500
- Chinese state media have said the Dec. 5 incident involved the country's first aircraft carrier, but Defense Ministry officials did not name the warship.
- Ex-BP Engineer Found Guilty Of Obstructing Justice Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:13:00 -0500
- Kurt Mix was convicted for deleting text messages that had information about the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history. That hindered a grand jury's investigation, prosecutors argued. He had been a drilling engineer with BP.
- 15-Year-Old Wants Braces: Will Obamacare Cover Them? Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:52:00 -0500
- Under the health law, pediatric dental coverage is one of 10 core health benefits that must be offered to people who shop for plans on the health insurance marketplaces. But the plans are only required to cover only medically necessary orthodontia.
- 5 Things We Learned From The Budget Debate Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:32:00 -0500
- Among the takeaways from congressional votes to approve the bipartisan budget deal: Compromise happens, except on taxes and entitlements. And Congress still works. Well, sort of.
- Is Beyonce Still The Queen? Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:41:00 -0500
- Pop star Beyonce's new surprise album has been getting a lot of buzz, but is it all it's cracked up to be? Beauty shop ladies Bridget Johnson, Aisha Harris, Danielle Belton and Anne Ishii weigh in.
- African-American Woman To Run Humorous 'Harvard Lampoon' Magazine Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:41:00 -0500
- The humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon was founded in 1876, but for the first time, an African-American woman will run things. Host Michel Martin talks with President-elect Alexis Wilkinson and Vice President-elect Eleanor Parker about their plans for the magazine.
- Brain Injuries Cause For Concern In Baseball Too Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:41:00 -0500
- Reports show former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, who took his own life last year, suffered from a degenerative brain disease. Injuries like that are usually associated with the hard knocks of football. Host Michel Martin talks with sports writer Pablo Torre about the prevalence of brain injuries in other sports.
- Why Black College Football Players Fall Behind In Education Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:41:00 -0500
- New research raises concerns about low graduations rates for black college football players. Host Michel Martin finds out more from education reporter Emily Richmond, and professor Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
- Student Is Charged In Harvard Bomb Scare Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:45:00 -0500
- Four buildings were evacuated and tensions were high at the university on Monday after officials received messages about "shrapnel bombs." With exams scheduled for that day, many thought that perhaps a nervous student was trying to avoid taking a test. The FBI alleges that's what happened.
- Winning Mega Millions Tickets Sold In California And Georgia Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:45:00 -0500
- The second-largest jackpot in U.S. history — possibly as much as $645 million — is going to be shared. If you know someone in San Jose or Atlanta, now might be a time to be extra nice to them.
- Your Questions About The American Health Care Act Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:07:00 -0500
- What questions do you have about the new national health care law known as Obamacare? Use NPR's interactive guide to answer them.
- Diplomat's Arrest In N.Y. Sparks Anger In India Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:01:00 -0500
- Financial Times New Delhi correspondent Amy Kazmin speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the case of an Indian diplomat arrested in New York for allegedly paying her maid below minimum wage. The diplomat was strip-searched and jailed, touching off an angry reaction in India.
- A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:03:00 -0500
- It became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Its former mayor was sentenced to 28 years in prison. And a TV personality compared it to Chernobyl. But a new year is on the horizon, and for some parts of Detroit, things are looking up. Really.