5:56am

Fri January 4, 2013
Monkey See

In NFL Football, As In Hollywood, Does Anybody Know Anything?

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:30 am

Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia.
Alex Trautwig Getty Images

Baseball: The San Francisco Giants, in winning the 2012 World Series, participated in 16 playoff games — and they'd have had more, had they not swept Detroit 4-0 in the World Series itself.

Football: The San Francisco 49ers played 16 games in their entire regular season. Three more wins would make them Super Bowl champions.

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5:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

155,000 Jobs Added In December, Jobless Rate At 7.8 Percent

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:00 am

Looking for work: The scene at a "diversity job fair" in Manhattan last month.
John Moore Getty Images

There were 155,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

That's right in line with economists' expectations and is another sign of steady, though modest, growth in employment. In November, employers added an estimated 161,000 jobs. The average monthly gain in 2012 was 153,000 jobs, BLS says. That's the same average as in 2011.

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5:23am

Fri January 4, 2013
KALW Almanac

Friday January 4, 2013

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  • 4th Day of 2013 / 361 Remaining
  • 75 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:25
  • Sunset:5:05
  • 9 Hours 40 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise: 12:41am(Sat)
  • Moon Set:11:20am
  • Moon’s Phase: Last Quarter
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  • Full Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages.

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5:16am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

In War-Torn Northern Syria, Children 'Only Paint In Red'

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 6:18 am

Children often show signs of trauma from their experiences inside Syria. A U.N. team interviewing Syrian children in a refugee camp found that most lost a loved one in the fighting, and almost half have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jodi Hilton for NPR
  • From 'Morning Edition': Deborah Amos on the children of Northern Syria

Shocking statistics, such as the U.N.'s estimate that more than 60,000 people have died in Syria since anti-regime protests and fighting began in March 2011, tell only part of the story.

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4:37am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Malala Released From Hospital; Taliban's Attack On Teen Sparked Outrage

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 10:08 am

Malala Yousafzai waved earlier today as she was released from a hospital in Birmingham, England.
University Hospitals Birmingham EPA /Landov

4:17am

Fri January 4, 2013
Around the Nation

Goodbye Casual Fridays Hello Formal Fridays

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 5:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

First, people wore suits and ties, dresses or skirts to work. Then came casual Fridays. Then the tech industry destroyed dress codes. Congress is one of the last places people dress up, and we know how that's turned out.

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4:14am

Fri January 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Hiring Pick Up As 2012 Ended? We'll Find Out Shortly

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 5:38 am

The scene at a job fair in San Mateo, Calif., earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi previews the jobs report

8:35 a.m. ET. And the answer is: 155,000 jobs added to payrolls in December; the jobless rate held at 7.8 percent. (November's rate was revised up to 7.8 percent.)

Our original post:

Here it comes — the always eagerly anticipated news about jobs and the nation's unemployment rate.

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4:01am

Fri January 4, 2013
Energy

Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:41 am

Matt Damon's character in the movie Promised Land comes to town to convince a landowner to allow a gas company to drill on his property.
Scott Green Focus Features

There is plenty in the movie Promised Land that will prompt energy industry insiders to roll their eyes. But the overall issues explored in the film, which is being widely released in theaters Friday, are very real.

A process called hydraulic fracturing has led to drilling booms that are transforming rural communities into industrial zones. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," makes it possible to tap into natural gas reservoirs deep underground. But first, gas companies have to convince landowners to allow them to drill.

The Natural Gas Pitch

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3:47am

Fri January 4, 2013
Latin America

Mexican Bakers Go Big To Celebrate 3 Kings Day

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 5:46 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. At this point in the program we sometimes tell you about record-breaking feats. Well, this one takes the cake. Sunday is Three Kings Day and in Mexico some bakers are celebrating in a big way. Rosca de Reyes is a sweet bread with a Baby Jesus figurine baked inside.

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3:34am

Fri January 4, 2013
Around the Nation

A Lot Of Drivers Are Asleep At The Wheel

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 5:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

If you're driving, please take a moment to be sure you're awake. A survey finds one of every 24 adults admits to falling asleep at the wheel. Health officials say they suspect the true number is higher. Some people don't realize when they drop off for a second or...

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Steve. Hey, hey, hey, Steve.

INSKEEP: Anyway, drivers most likely to nod off are men, according to this survey, or people between 25 and 34.

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