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8:17 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Sally Field Hearts NPR

Brian McCabe NPR

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:05 pm

Actress Sally Field brings to life First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln on screen with the role she plays opposite Daniel Day Lewis in the biopic film Lincoln.

From NPR's New York bureau last week, Field spoke with guest host Jennifer Ludden on Talk of the Nation about her extensive preparation for the role as the 16th president's wife. Some of Field's homework included visiting Mary's home, gaining 25 pounds and using language of the era in text message exchanges with Lewis.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Top Stories: Fresh Egyptian Protests; Story Of Missing Hat Attracts Sympathy

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:28 am

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Consumer Spending Dipped In October; Superstorm Sandy Blamed

Nov. 17: A sign in a Staten Island storefront tells a lot. It was still closed because of the damage done by Superstorm Sandy in late October.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The economic effects of Superstorm Sandy continue to be felt. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, consumer spending edged down 0.2 percent in October from September, and personal income dipped 0.1 percent.

As Bloomberg News says, "Sandy kept some in the Northeast from getting to work or from shopping at malls and car dealerships."

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
8:03 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of November 29, 2012

David Nasaw's The Patriarch offers insight into the life of Joseph P. Kennedy. It debuts at No. 12.

The Two-Way
7:53 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Today's Three Stories To Read About The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as he arrived at the Capitol on Thursday for negotiations with congressional leaders.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The White House and congressional leaders continue to talk about taxes, spending cuts and how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that arrives at midnight Dec. 31 — when Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and automatic spending cuts are set to go into effect.

As NPR and others cover the story, we'll try to to point to interesting reports and analyses. Here are three of the latest.

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