Planet Money
9:48 am
Sat February 4, 2012

The Friday Podcast: Is Hosting The Super Bowl Worth It?

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Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 9:11 am

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This is what it's like to host the Super Bowl: For one weekend, your city is the focus of the sporting universe. Fans flock in droves. They eat at your restaurants and sleep in your hotels. They buy the "I ♥ [your city]" t-shirts.

The NFL estimates that hosting the country's premier sporting event will give the local economy a $300-500 million jolt.

Economist Victor Matheson of the College of Holy Cross doesn't buy it.

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Author Interviews
9:44 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Media 'Miracle': The 'Big' Story Of Three Whales

Big Miracle by Tom Rose

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 4:08 am

In October 1988, the big news was presidential politics — the race between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis was in its final weeks — but a dramatic whale rescue was about to captivate the world. This story is the focus of a movie now in theaters starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Occupy D.C. Dismantled Quietly By Park Police

A U.S. Park Police officer removes a wooden structure from an Occupy D.C. protester's tent at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
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Since the early a.m., U.S. Park Police have been moving into a park near the White House where the Occupy D.C. movement has been encamped for months. Some officers are on horseback and dressed in riot gear, but there haven't been any major clashes so far.

If there are, you'll likely see it on this Washington Post live video stream.

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NPR Story
7:25 am
Sat February 4, 2012

20 Million Years Later, Russians Work To Drill Into Lake

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 11:05 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Imagine a place on earth where there's been no light, no wind for millions of years. Lake Vostok is one such place. The world's third largest lake, in terms of amount of water, has long been hidden, buried beneath two miles of ice until, perhaps, this coming week. Russian researchers are about to break through that ice.

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Middle East
6:28 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Activists: Syrian Assault Leaves More Than 250 Dead

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 11:05 am

In Syria, the death toll is rising after what activists and opposition leaders are calling a massive offensive by pro-government troops in the city of Homs. Activists say at least 250 have been killed in what may be the single most violent day since Syria's anti-government uprising began in March.

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Simon Says
6:01 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Standing In Defense Of Diet Coke

Diet Coke. David Greene likes it.
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Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 11:05 am

I would like to rise up today in defense of Diet Coke. All diet sodas, in fact. But Diet Coke happens to be my favorite.

I like the stuff.

Cracking open a can of it, or pouring some over ice, helps me survive a long work day.

This love of Diet Coke is one reason my re-entry into the United States has been a little rocky. When I moved back recently after a reporting assignment in Russia, nobody warned me that war had been declared on Diet Coke.

The artillery was fired by Men's Health magazine.

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Asia
6:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Protesting Chinese Village Elects A New Path

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 11:05 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This week, a small fishing village in China held an election. By normal standards it wasn't a very big deal. Residents in the village of Wukan were simply voting for members of a new election commission. But consider this: the election was organized because it was demanded by residents who took to the streets in a mass protest last year.

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Business
6:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Komen Races To Restore Planned Parenthood Funds

In an about-face, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation announced Friday that it is not cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood. Komen is one of the nation's most prominent breast cancer groups. They came under intense criticism for their initial decision to cut off some funding for Planned Parenthood. Guest host David Greene talks with NPR's Julie Rovner and Rob Stein, who have been covering the story.

Election 2012
6:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

As Population Shifts, So Do Political Tactics

In the last decade, population growth in Western swing states outpaced the national average, according to David Damore, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. With the Nevada Republican caucus underway, guest host David Greene talks with Damore about the electoral shift and the issues potential voters in the region view as priorities.

Election 2012
6:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

What The People Want Out West

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 11:05 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

As the Republican primary season pushes westward, potential voters in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona tell us about the issues that matter most to them.

JOHN THORNTON: My name is John Thornton. I live in Parker, Colorado. Individual rights - state's rights, smaller government.

CORINNE LOYOLA: Corrine Loyola(ph), I'm from Castle Rock, Colorado. What we need to do is start collecting our taxes properly. And we need to let corporations do what they're going to do.

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