Author Interviews
3:41 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Nightclub King Jon Taffer Sets A High Bar

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Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:55 pm

Jon Taffer is the king of the bar business. Over the past three decades, he has managed dozens of bars and nightclubs, and is a consultant for bar owners all over the country.

Most recently, he has put his expertise to use as the host of the popular reality show Bar Rescue. Bar and nightclub owners with failing businesses ask Taffer for his help. In return, Taffer brings a team of bartenders, chefs and designers with him to revamp every part of the operation. On the show, as in person, Taffer is a tough, no-nonsense guy.

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Around the Nation
3:34 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Action Movie Star Paul Walker Dies In Crash

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:55 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Actor Paul Walker has died. He was best known for his role in the "Fast & Furious" movie series. The 40-year-old actor was a passenger in a car that crashed in North Los Angeles. Walker was working on the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" series. And as NPR's Nathan Rott reports, he was also working on a life post-acting.

NATHAN ROTT, BYLINE: The Paul Walker that you probably know was this one...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS")

PAUL WALKER: (as Brian O'Conner) Too early, Dom.

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Around the Nation
3:34 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

'Threshold Choir' Sings To Comfort The Terminally Ill

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:55 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

THRESHOLD CHOIR: (Singing) Can I stand here for you? May I use my heart as a gift?

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Those are the voices of the Northern California Threshold Choir, an a cappella group that brings music to a very specific audience. Kate Munger founded the Threshold Choir, and she explains what the organization does.

KATE MUNGER: Threshold Choir is a group of singers that go, when invited, to bedsides of people who are dying.

RATH: And how did you get the idea for this?

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Around the Nation
3:34 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Hill After Hill, Hundreds Crank Away In Pittsburgh Bike Race

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:55 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Now to a mode of transportation better suited to the budget of a public radio reporter - bicycling. If you think cyclists are not among the toughest athletes, well, you haven't been to Pittsburgh. The city has some brutal hills which actually attract a certain breed of cyclists. As Liz Reid from member station WESA reports, cyclists have been attacking those hills for 30 years in an event called the Dirty Dozen.

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Minn. Man Ticketed For Making It Snow Money At Mall Of America

Serge Vorobyov drops 1,000 dollar bills onto a crowd at Mall of America.
Serge The Car Hauler via YouTube

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It's All Politics
1:55 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

5 Most Memorable Political Ads Of 2013

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KTEP Local
12:29 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

WORDS ON A WIRE: Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel
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   Daniel and guest co-host Marcia Hatfield Daudistel talk with Patricia Engel about her new novel, "It's Not Love, It's Just Paris."  Patricia explains why the book is a result of wanting to write a "Paris" novel as well as a love story without being a stereotypical "French romance" book.   She also explains why she was lucky to avoid the "chick lit" label on her previous books.  http://patriciaengel.com/

In this week's Poetic License, Benjamin Alire Saenz begins a series in which he reflects on Words, Knowledge, and Memory.  In this entry, Ben explains how he approaches all three in his life and his work.

And in this week's Poem of the Week, Daniel reads "Be Drunk" by Charles Baudelaire.

Aired Dec. 1, 2013.

The Two-Way
11:53 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Smithsonian Names Its New Panda Cub 'Bao Bao'

Bao Bao, the Smithsonian's giant panda cub, on Nov. 29.
Abby Wood Smithsonian Institution

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 12:38 pm

The 100-day-old female panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington, now has a name: Bao Bao (宝宝) — meaning precious or treasure — was the most popular of the five names put up for a popular vote by Zoo.

The name was announced during a ceremony at the Zoo on Sunday afternoon.

Cui Tiankai, ambassador of the People's Republic of China, wrote the name in calligraphy on scrolls, which were unfurled at the ceremony.

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Sun December 1, 2013

In Shocking Upset, Auburn Beats Alabama With A Historic Play

Auburn fans react at the end of a win over Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday.
Jay Sailors AP

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Sun December 1, 2013

HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says

The HealthCare.gov website.
Jon Elswick ap

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 9:07 am

White House officials say the government's health insurance website, which has been plagued with problems ever since it launched in October, is now working smoothly for most users.

"The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity with greatly improved performance," Jeffrey Zients, the president's appointee to fix the site, said during a telephone conference with reporters on Sunday. The bottom line, said Zients, is that Healthcare.gov is "night and day" from what it was at launch.

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