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    Report: How a hostage negotiator buys a car
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    Planet Money on National Public Radio takes an aerial view of the government's "fiscal cliff" brouhaha via three different negotiating techniques – the issue isn't what each side is trying to get, but how each side might try to get it. The two hosts outline three different ways to persuade, ...

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    ETC: GMO crops so tough that farmers are turning to Kevlar tractor tires
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    Farming is one of the most difficult ways to earn a living. You'd think that with all the innovations mankind has developed over the centuries, we could make farmers' lives easier. But as it turns out, sometimes miracles of modern science make things tougher. Literally. Take genetically modified ...

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    Study: Want people to obey the speed limit? Pay them.
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    Parents know that sometimes the chance for reward is a more powerful child obedience method than the threat of penalty. "Clean your room or your grounded" can be less effective than, "Clean your room and we'll go get ice cream." A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows ...

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    NPR's Planet Money claims the fate of the U.S. auto industry rests on the success of... Lincoln?
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    To claim the fate of the U.S. auto industry rests on the success or failure of Lincoln is about as bold a statement as one can make, but that's how far NPR program Planet Money goes in its latest episode (scroll down to listen). The gist of host Alex Blumberg and contributor Sonari Glinton's ...

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    Breaking: NPR's Click and Clack calling it quits on Car Talk this fall
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    NPR announced today that Car Talk, its beloved radio call-in show, will cease recording new episodes in the fall. Brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi are retiring from the show, and while NPR will continue broadcasting "new" Car Talk episodes, they will be created from archived material. NPR says Tom, ...

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    Report: GM leads worst performing auto stocks of 2011
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    In spite of General Motors standing poised to retake the top sales spot, Chevrolet perhaps breaking its all-time sales record, and an anticipated Buick and two new Cadillac models coming, GM's stock price got beat like a goat in 2011. On January 2, 2011 the stock traded at $37.06, on January 2, ...

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    Report: Cuba's cadre of classic American cars in danger?
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    Cuba has an interesting law when it comes to the purchasing and sale of automobiles. While European and Asian cars can be imported, only vehicles built before 1959 (the year of the Cuban Revolution) are allowed to trade hands on the open market. This means that Cuba's automotive landscape is ...

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    Video: Weiner stands up for Car Talk during congressional hearings on NPR funding
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    U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner has had more than his fair share of rants during his time in the House of Representatives. And let's face it, the man seems to really enjoy grandstanding and shouting – or perhaps he just suffers from voice immodulation. At a recent hearing concerning the ...

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    This American Life tells the NUMMI story
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    One of the highest-rated shows on National Public Radio is This American Life, which does deep-dives into weekly themes, exploring subject matter from different angles while always leaving the listener enriched. This past Sunday, the show spent an hour going over the Toyota/General Motors joint ...

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    NPR's Jason Beaubien drives across Cuba
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    As you're probably aware, we've imposed some pretty heavy trade embargoes against Cuba since just after Fidel Castro deposed Fulgencio Batista, and we've encouraged our friends to do likewise. As a result, there's a dearth of post-1960 cars running around the island nation. Pistonheads have long ...

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    Coming soon to a TV near you: Click and Clack
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/television/Coming_soon_to_a_TV_near_you_Click_and_Clack'; Tom and Ray Magliozzi might be the first to admit that most people on the radio have faces that suit the medium, to put it delicately. There's no place to hide when you make the jump to television, but the ...

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    NPR's Car Talk podcast added to iTunes Music Store
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    Car Talk is celebrating 20 years on NPR, and the self-effacing, often goofy show is now available in iTunes. It's exciting to "play along" and see if you come up with the same answer as brothers Tom and Ray, an now you can do that at your leisure. We have our local NPR station's schedule memorized, ...

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    Wait, wait. Bob Lutz said what?
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    National Public Radio has a quirky quiz show called "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." GM Vice chair Bob Lutz was a guest on Saturday's show. And he said something interesting... in the spirit of the show, we're not going to tell you. Instead you have three choices: A. His own personal ...

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    Did a GM PR rep offer money to the media in exchange for kind words?
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    Thursday, former secretary of labor and current NPR Marketplace contributor Robert Reich claimed in an American Prospect Online article that he had been approached by a General Motors' public relations representative with a monetary offering, in exchange for the ...

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