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11:15 am
Fri December 7, 2012

What Rep. Allen West & Obama Have In Common

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:52 pm



And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is with us once again. What do you have for us today, Ammad?

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The Picture Show
11:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

A Look At Brazil's Big Dreamer, Architect Oscar Niemeyer

A composite image shows architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1992 (left), and one of his buildings photographed circa 1955.
Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 3:27 pm

There are a number of ways to leave a legacy. Some people have kids. Some become president. Or you can build unforgettable buildings that define the landscape.

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 6, 2012

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:16 pm

Jim Butcher's Cold Days resurrects Harry Dresden into eternal servitude. It debuts at No. 7.

11:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

A Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad For The Jobless

Judy Smith, of Dalton, Ga., looks over paperwork as she files for unemployment benefits in August after being laid off from a catering job. More than 2 million people who get extended benefits may lose them if Congress doesn't act soon.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:49 pm

The Labor Department's glad tidings Friday about the uptick in job creation last month might morph into bad news next month for many of the long-term unemployed.

That's because the boost in November hiring, with employers adding 146,000 jobs, might make it more difficult for Democrats to argue in favor of having Congress renew the extension of benefits for people out of work more than six months.

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NPR Story
11:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Blue Whale Barrel Roll Caught On Camera


FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: We're ending this hour into the sea, Ira. Could you tell?


Ooh, yeah. I like it.

LICHTMAN: The noise you're hearing comes from a blue whale; that's an animal that can reach 90 feet in length, which is longer than a tennis court. Biologist...

JEREMY GOLDBOGEN: Hands down, these are largest animals of all time. And so one of the questions we're interested in is how do they sustain such an extreme body mass and why don't we see anything bigger than a blue whale?

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