December 31, 2012 In December, President Obama promised to use his powers to prevent tragedies like the one in Newtown, but his powers had limits when it came to the fiscal cliff.
December 31, 2012 William Gibson's Neuromancer is a hacker classic. Author Nick Harkaway says it's also a door to a greater world. Is there a book that took you outside of your comfort zone? Tell us in the comments.
December 31, 2012 Morning Edition commentator John Ridley shares some of his top "non-troversies" of the year. All those news stories that seemed so important at the time but that now make you say "really?"
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December 30, 2012 As the year comes to an end, NPR librarian Kee Malesky shares closing lines from some great novels — those last few moments spent with a story that you love.
Commentator Bonny Wolf expects Asian cuisine such as kimchi fried rice to become even more popular in 2013.
December 30, 2012 NPR food commentator Bonny Wolf dishes out predictions for hot foods in the new year. She says Asia is the new Europe and that healthy, farm-to-table trends will even make it into your cocktails.
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December 30, 2012 After Obama carried most swing states, Matt Wuerker imagined the president enjoying his majority. After failing to convince Egypt's judiciary to go along with his plans to rule the country, Mohammed Morsi assumed sole power, and Lee Judge doubted Morsi's ability to light the way to freedom.
Lauren Rousseau was killed on Dec. 14 when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 children and adults at the school.
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December 29, 2012 Unable to sleep in the days after the Newtown, Conn., killings, Emily Leukhardt found herself writing about the sister who she says was "just fundamentally good."
December 29, 2012 Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's John Burnett, Robert Smith and Alix Spiegel about the most interesting stories they reported this year.
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December 29, 2012 Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks about Congress' stalemate on tax talks and how the issue is the same, but over the years the rules of negotiating have changed.
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December 29, 2012 President Obama and Mitt Romney debated three times and Vice President Biden contested VP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan once, leaving John Cole to assess the damage. Nate Beeler showed that "Superstorm" Sandy dealt its damage to rich and poor alike, even if some have recovered more quickly than others.
December 28, 2012 The Obama administration's differing explanations about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had Nate Beeler feeling that the president was playing games. Meanwhile, Cam Cardow thought Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remark was of historic proportions.
John Cruitt reunited with his third-grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, to tell her about the impact she had on him as he coped with his mother's death.
December 28, 2012 When John Cruitt's mother died, his teacher was there to help him cope. More than 50 years later, Cruitt sought to find the woman who, he says, changed his life.
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December 27, 2012 The U.S. was suffering through extreme weather as Republicans held their convention, and NASA's rover Curiosity landed on Mars. Chip Bok noted that Hurricane Isaac wasn't the only hot air to disrupt the gathering, while Mike Smith hoped water would be found in the Midwest as well as on Mars.
December 26, 2012 Something remarkable happened in 2012.
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December 26, 2012 Music lost many artists this year who defined or redefined their genres, such as country great Earl Scruggs (toon by Randall Enos) and the "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer (toon by Taylor Jones).
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