Best Books Of 2012
7:03 am
Tue December 11, 2012

10 Eye-Catching Reads For The Book Lover On Your List

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:35 am

Some books paint pictures with words; others use pictures to render us speechless. No matter the method, you'll lose yourself in the best possible way leafing through the volumes in this year's list of recommended gift books. If pages were like musical notes, these titles would produce a pretty great mashup. Envision one of photographer Cindy Sherman's crones in the forest of a Brothers Grimm tale. Set one of graphic novelist Chris Ware's "building stories" inside, say, the curvaceous contours of an architectural masterwork by Frank Gehry.

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Around the Nation
6:52 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Right-To-Work Measure Expected To Pass In Michigan

A right-to-work protester walks past Michigan state police at the capitol in Lansing on Tuesday. The Michigan Legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday that would bar contracts requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 1:29 pm

Michigan's Legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday that would bar contracts requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment. The proposed right-to-work law has infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement.

Republican leaders pushing the bill closely watched the fights over labor rights going on across the Midwest, but it wasn't Ohio or Wisconsin that prompted them into action. Many leaders in the public and private sector looked to their neighbor to the immediate south.

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Economy
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The 'Fiscal Cliff' For English Majors

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's take that idea of playing out a little further now. The budget standoff has been described in all sorts of dramatic terms. So we decided to look into what the great works of the stage can tell us about this debate over tax hikes and spending cuts, and how it will play out. Think of it as "The Fiscal Cliff for English Majors."

NPR White House correspondent - and English major - Ari Shapiro has this take.

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Business
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a controversial battery buy.

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Business
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Climbing Corporate Ladder Is Slow Going For Women

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A new report out this morning finds women are still not making much progress moving up the corporate ladder. Only a small number of senior executives at Fortune 500 companies are women, and the nonprofit group Catalyst shows the number has not changed much in years. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Business
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Could The Opportunity Credit Be Eliminated?

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

As we head into the holiday season, political leaders are un-merrily locked in a battle over how to cut federal spending and raise revenue - and this could mean meddling with tax deductions that many Americans hold dear.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

So this week and next, we're taking a closer look at individual deductions and tax credits that might be on the chopping block.

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Business
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

SEC Head Schapiro To Step Down This Week

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

David Greene talks to Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, about her tenure. After almost four years on the job she is stepping down this week.

Business
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: lost down under.

Back in September, iPhone users slammed Apple for its new map app, which replaced Google Maps in a software update.

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Digital Life
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

FTC: Apps For Children Raise Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

The Federal Trade Commission has released a report taking to task the makers of mobile apps for children. It says apps are not transparent enough about the personal information they collect. It's the latest sign the Obama administration is concerned about children's privacy online.

Business
6:36 am
Tue December 11, 2012

HSBC Agrees to Settle Money-Laundering Case

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

British banking giant, HSBC, will pay 1.9 billion dollars to the U.S. to settle allegations of money laundering. In a statement released overnight, the bank said it accepts responsibility for past mistakes. U.S. officials will have further details of the settlement later today. NPR's Jim Zarroli has more.

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