1:22pm

Mon November 26, 2012

1:20pm

Mon November 26, 2012
All Tech Considered

Spain Hopes For Economic Boost With Wave-Powered Electricity Plant

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 3:18 pm

Residents of Mutriku, a fishing village on Spain's northern coast, lounge at their local beach, protected from fierce Atlantic waves by a cement breakwater that also houses Europe's first wave energy plant.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

Waves constantly thrash the fishing village of Mutriku on Spain's northern coast. Records from the 13th century describe the dangerous surf and shipwrecks here. Until recently, water occasionally hurled debris through windows of homes, before the local government built a cement breakwater to shelter the harbor.

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1:19pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Business

A Jolly Christmas? Retailers Count The Extra Days

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:49 am

Shoppers line up in a Best Buy store in Rockville, Md., during a Black Friday sale. Thanksgiving weekend sales jumped nearly 13 percent from last year, the National Retail Federation says.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

For merchants, the stars are lining up — at least so far.

Online shopping jumped more than 28 percent on Cyber Monday compared with a year ago, according to IBM Benchmark. And the National Retail Federation says Thanksgiving weekend spending shot up to $59.1 billion, nearly 13 percent more than last year's $52 billion.

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12:57pm

Mon November 26, 2012
It's All Politics

New 'War On Christmas' Takes A Fiscal-Cliff Twist

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:19 pm

The Christmas shopping season could be harmed if the fiscal cliff fight depresses consumer confidence, according to a new report from Obama administration economists.
Andrew Kelly Getty Images

In past years, conservatives have used the phrase "war on Christmas" to liberally accuse liberals of trying to ruin the holiday through political correctness and anti-religiousness.

This year, it's the Obama White House warning that Republicans are a threat to Christmas or, more precisely, the part of the economy that relies on the holiday shopping season — retail sales.

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12:43pm

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

State Department: Andrew W.K. Won't Party In Bahrain On Government Dime

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 2:29 pm

Becky Lettenberger/NPR

Andrew W.K., whom NPR Music described as the "long-haired, wild-eyed, keyboard-pounding, sublimely over-the-top party-rocker," won't be taking his party to Bahrain.

At least not on the government's dime.The State Department has rescinded its invitation, stopped the music if you will, just as word started to spread that the U.S. Embassy in Manama had invited W.K. to perform.

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12:35pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Author Interviews

Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won this year's Man Booker Prize.
Francesco Guidicini

This year, Hilary Mantel made history when she won a Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring Up the Bodies. She had previously been awarded the prize — England's highest literary honor — for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and is now the first woman to receive the award twice.

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12:25pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and Author of The Freelancer's Bible" On "Work with Marty Nemko"

On Dec 2 at 11 am on KALW, MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Sara Horowitz appears on Work with Marty Nemko to discuss her new book, The Freelancer's Bible. We'll talk about how to find work, price it, even how to get insurance, as well as the implications of a workforce that ever more, consists of freelancers.

I'll also invite listeners to call in for a three-minute career makeover, a Workover.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM.

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12:00pm

Mon November 26, 2012
MY MIX TAPE

"Petrushka" by Igor Stravinsky

Erling Wold draws musical inspiration from this song. 

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11:56am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

News Outlets Punk'd, Somebody Profits: Google Wi-Fi Buy Is A Hoax

Google.com

This Associated Press report today wasn't true:

"Google has bought an operator of Wi-Fi hotspots in high-traffic locations such as airports, hotels and fast-food restaurants. Google Inc. is paying $400 million for ICOA Inc., a Warwick, R.I., company, as part of the search company's efforts to diversify its portfolio."

It was so wrong, in fact, that the AP later moved a "KILL BULLETIN" saying it was:

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11:48am

Mon November 26, 2012
Berkeley Symphony ~ 12/2 & 12/3

Berkeley Symphony Broadcast

Broadcast of the opening concert of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from October of this year.  Music director Joana Carneiro led the ensemble in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question”, and the World Premiere of Paul Dresher’s “Concerto for Quadrachord”, played by the composer (pictured) on an instrument he invented.  David Latulippe hosts the broadcast, with special interview features.   Sunday 12/2 at 4pm; Monday 12/3 at 9pm. 

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