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1:41 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Help Pick The Greatest Jazz Vocals Of All Time

Ella Fitzgerald, 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Our partners at Jazz24 — that's the Internet jazz radio service from Seattle-Tacoma's KPLU — are making a list of the 50 Quintessential Jazz Vocals of All Time. They'll create an online stream from the results, and they're looking for your help. Vote for up to three of your top picks via a simple online survey.

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Economy
1:40 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook

The health care sector added 45,000 jobs in December and is expected to see continued growth this year, economists say.
iStockphoto.com

If you're searching for work in this new year, the Labor Department's final jobs report for 2012 suggests: The trend is your friend in 2013.

The jobs outlook is actually "pretty positive," said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an employment consulting firm.

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The Salt
1:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Dumpster Diver TV: Austrians Cook Up Food Waste Reality Show

The Austrians behind Waste Cooking want to show the culinary possibilities of food that ends up in the trash.
Courtesy Wastecooking.com

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:43 am

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Planet Money
1:09 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

3-D Printing Is (Kind Of) A Big Deal

The printed cup.
via Shapeways

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:15 pm

The first key to thinking about 3-D printers is this: Do not think printer. Think magic box that creates any object you can imagine.

In the box, razor-thin layers of powdered material (acrylic, nylon, silver, whatever) pile one on top of the other, and then, voila — you've got a shoe, or a cup, or a ring, or an iPhone case.

It's miraculous to see. Press a button, make anything you want. But just how important is 3-D printing? Unlike earlier big-deal technologies (like, say, the tractor) 3-D printing won't really replace what came before.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Now You Don't See Them, Now You Do: Pelosi Defends Doctored Photo

The four lawmakers who were, but weren't, there at the time. (We put the oval around them to make them easier to see.)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Facebook page

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 2:12 pm

Calling it a "historic record of who the Democratic women of Congress are," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today defended the move by her office to alter a photo taken Thursday on the steps of the Capitol so that four female lawmakers who were late could be "seen" with their colleagues.

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Mountain Stage
1:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Jimmy LaFave On Mountain Stage

Jimmy LaFave.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Jimmy LaFave makes his seventh appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V.

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What's New?
12:53 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

New History Puts Cartographers' Art 'On The Map'

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 11:13 am

The fight for mapping supremacy between two tech giants blew up this fall when Apple, in revising its mobile operating system, dumped the Google Maps app overboard. To Google's delight, no doubt, Apple's own maps app wobbled badly out of the gate, and amid a consumer outcry, a public apology and quiet firings, all of us caught a glimpse of just how high the stakes are in today's mapping game.

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What's New?
12:49 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Atop A Train To America: Documenting The Epic Journey

A Guatemalan migrant couple embraces on top of a northbound freight train while traveling through the Mexican state of Chiapas. June 2009.
Michelle Frankfurter

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 1:37 pm

Documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter grew up reading adventure tales. And after spending more than 10 years traveling and photographing along the U.S.-Mexico border, she decided to create an adventure narrative of her own.

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What's New?
12:46 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

'Downton Abbey' Cast Members Heart NPR

Cast members of PBS Downton Abbey (left to right) Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Sophie McShera (Daisy), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), and Rob James-Collier (Thomas).
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:56 am

Earl of Grantham. Mr. Carson. Daisy. Lady Grantham (or Cora, if you'd prefer). Anna. Thomas.

For many of you, these names have become as familiar to you as your own family members' names. For anyone not in the know, these are the characters on the PBS Masterpiece Classic popular period-drama Downton Abbey.

With the third season slated to debut in the United States this Sunday, Jan. 6, several of the cast members stopped by the NPR DC headquarters to talk with Morning Edition Host David Greene about what's coming up.

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Asia
12:39 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

South Korea Prepares The Young For A Rapidly Aging Population

South Korean men play games at a downtown park in Seoul on Nov. 1. Recent data suggest that South Korea is now the fastest-aging country on Earth.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 12:43 pm

At a clean and sunny community center in Seoul, the South Korean capital, senior citizens make clay models of their own faces in an arts class. Some of the faces are vivid and lifelike. Others are expressionless and indistinct. The project is intended to help the seniors remember what they look like.

This is the Gangseo District Center for Dementia. Since 2006, Seoul has opened a dementia center in each of the city's 25 urban districts.

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