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3:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Fans Mourn As 'Breaking Bad' Comes To A Close

A scene from the last episode of Breaking Bad. (Ursula Coyote/AMC)

AMC’s critically-acclaimed series, Breaking Bad came to an end last night.

Joanna Robinson, editor for the media website Pajiba, joined Here & Now to talk about the show and its ending, which she called “somewhat satisfying.”

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3:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Obamacare 101: More Questions Answered

Key parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect tomorrow, with heath insurance exchanges opening for enrollment.

Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News returns to Here & Now to answer more of your questions.

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3:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Airlines Offer New Services — For A Fee

Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

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3:57 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Exhibit Illuminates Three Generations Of Wyeths

Jamie Wyeth, The Headlands of Monhegan Island, Maine, 2007, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Wyeth Collection, ©Jamie Wyeth

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

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3:57 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

The Economic Impact Of A Government Shutdown

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

We’ve been hearing this week about the federal budget crisis in Washington. So far, the focus has been on members of Congress and their political battles.

But if Congress can’t agree on a way to fund government when the new fiscal year begins on Tuesday, then the spotlight could shift over to the economic bystanders.

Those are the innocent workers and business owners who stand to lose from any disruption in government.

NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax joins us to talk about the potential economic impact of a government shutdown.

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3:57 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Senate OKs Budget Bill, But Fight Not Over

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:20 pm

Update 2:08 p.m.: The Democratic-run Senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing a Tuesday federal shutdown.

Friday’s vote was 54-44.

But it remains unclear whether the Senate and the Republican-run House will be able to complete a compromise bill in time to get it to President Barack Obama for his signature before the government has to close.

That is because House GOP leaders are still struggling to figure out how they can win enough votes from conservatives to push a new version of the legislation through their chamber.

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3:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

A Look At Parkinson's As Michael J. Fox Returns To TV

Michael J. Fox returns to television tonight with the debut of "The Michael J. Fox Show." (NBC)

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

It’s been 22 years since Michael J. Fox was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease — and 15 years since he famously told Barbara Walters that he would be cured of Parkinson’s before his 50th birthday.

That didn’t happen, but neither did his doctor’s stated expectation that he would have only about 10 more years to work in television.

Fox makes his return to television tonight — no longer trying hide his Parkinson’s symptoms, as he did during his six years on “Spin City.”

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3:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Panera CEO Takes The Food Stamps Challenge

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

Ron Shaich, the CEO and founder of Panera Bread lived on a food and beverage budget of $4.50 per day for a week.

That figure is about the same amount someone receiving food assistance would get per day.

He joins Here & Now to share what he’s learned from the experience.

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3:45 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Popular Science Disables Online Comments

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Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

The magazine Popular Science is turning off its user comments, citing a study from the University of Wisconsin that shows readers exposed to rude or insulting comments reported a skewed view of the information they read in the article.

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3:46 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Author Karen Russell Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:39 pm

Karen Russell’s debut novel “Swamplandia!” got critical raves, as did her follow-up short story collection “Vampires in the Lemon Grove.”

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