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Fri December 19, 2014


Fri December 19, 2014

Need An Xmas Flick? Here's A Few Holiday Picks From Howie

'Love Actually' is starting to make headway on many lists of favorite holiday films, Howie's list is no exception.
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There's no easy answer when people ask what movies to watch around Christmas. Some want them gooey, some don't. Here's a few suggestions that are simply the best Christmas movies that I know.

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Fri December 19, 2014
Your Money

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:32 am

Keith Herie is swamped in debt from medical issues he and his wife encountered starting about a decade ago. Heartland hospital is seizing 10 percent of his paycheck and 25 percent of his wife's wages, and has placed a lien on their home.
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On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Mo., lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of modern brick and glass buildings. Everyone in town knows Heartland Regional Medical Center — many residents gave birth to their children here. Many rush here when they get hurt or sick.

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Fri December 19, 2014

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:11 am

The research vessel Falkor in August 2013.
Courtesy of Mark Schrope

A ship full of marine scientists is floating over the deepest part of the world: the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. They're sending down probes to study life in one of the most hostile environments on the planet.

This week the researchers are targeting the two deepest spots in the trench — the Sirena Deep and the Challenger Deep — which each extend down about 7 miles beneath the ocean's surface.

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Fri December 19, 2014
Book Reviews

5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:22 am

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Librarian Nancy Pearl occasionally joins Morning Edition to talk about books she loves that you might not have heard of. As she tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, her latest batch of under-the-radar reads includes some older books as well some new ones.

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