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Citing Belgian beer's integral role in social and culinary life, UNESCO is putting the country's rich brewing scene (with nearly 1,500 styles) on its list representing the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Belgium's beer culture is one of 16 new additions that were announced Thursday.

Other honorees include the making of flatbread in Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere; Cuba's Rumba music, Egypt's Tahteeb stick game, and long-observed festivals in Japan, France, Spain and Greece.

Inside the walls of a geriatric hospital in France, time stands still. Light falls across two stockinged feet on a bed. The fading floral pattern on a swath of wallpaper is interrupted by an unused corkboard. And between these scenes of stillness, residents approach a pair of locked doors with modest curiosity, expectation and even anger.

Swedish photographer Maja Daniels says those doors, which were locked to prevent the residents from wandering, were crucial early in the project.

Shortly before a charter jet carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashed in the mountains of Colombia, the pilot told air traffic control he was "out of fuel" and experiencing "total electrical failure," according to leaked audio and accounts from a survivor and another pilot.

Calamari is a favorite on American dinner tables. But while the U.S. has a thriving squid industry, chances are the calamari you are eating made a 12,000-mile round trip before ending up on your dinner plate. That, or it wasn't caught in the U.S. at all.

More than 80 percent of U.S. squid landings are exported — most of it to China. The rare percentage of that catch that stays domestically goes to Asian fresh fish markets or is used as bait.

Ironically, the lion's share of the squid consumed in the United States is imported.

The Uncertain State of South Korea

22 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Adhiti Bandlamudi

Prosecutors in South Korea are investigating  a corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-Hye. Allegedly, President Park's friend asked major companies, namely Samsung, for large donations for the South Korean government. Now, people protest outside the Blue House, the President's residence, every Saturday and demand that she resigns. This scandal, paired with President-elect Donald Trump's comments about the country have sent the nation into a state of uncertainty about its future. 

Stephen Evans is a Seoul Correspondent for the BBC and has been covering this story. 

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz steps down

22 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

It's tempting to say it was the pumpkin spice lattes that did him in, but it's probably just the right time: Howard Schultz announced today he's stepping down next year as CEO of international coffee purveyors, Starbucks.

It could be a very good holiday for U.S. charities

23 hours ago
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Charities could see a bump up in donations this month. That’s because wealth advisers are telling their clients to increase their giving now, before likely changes to the tax code next year. On his website, Donald Trump says he’ll cut the top tax rate to 33 percent. And he wants to cap itemized deductions for married joint filers to $200,000. Currently there is no cap. That last part is already affecting charitable giving, with advisers telling clients to step up giving now before the cap kicks in.

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Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the surface of the moon with Neil Armstrong in 1969, has been medically evacuated from the South Pole, the National Science Foundation said.

Around the corner from the famous Diamond District in New York City, David Weinstein sorts through some envelopes on his cluttered desk. All of them are full of diamonds.

"I deal with diamonds all day long, for three decades," says Weinstein, executive director of the International Gemological Institute, a nonprofit research institute. "To me, diamonds aren't anything spectacular. It's hard to get me to say, 'Wow!' "

Cyborgs: we're closer than you think

23 hours ago
Bruce Johnson

Let's play a game.  It's called, “Are you a cyborg?”

Here's how you play:

  • Have you inserted a chip or computerized medical device like a pacemaker into your body?
  • Do you use any fitness tracking software or hardware?
  • Are you taking antidepressants?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you win. You are a cyborg.

At least, that's the view of futurist Amy Webb, who we feature in this episode of Codebreaker, called 'The Augmented Self'.

Chart of the day: Personal debt keeps growing

23 hours ago
Raghu Manavalan

One out of three Americans has at least one debt in collections. That includes credit card debt, car loans, medical bills, unpaid parking tickets or even unpaid gym memberships.

Donna Tam

On average, less than half of high school students actually complete their financial aid forms, which means they could be losing out on money for college, according to the National College Access Network.


President-elect Donald Trump gave more details today about a deal with the air conditioner company Carrier to retain about half the jobs it had planned to outsource to Mexico. About 1,000 jobs will stay, but it appears that Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, may still move as many or more jobs.

More manufacturing jobs disappearing than staying? That's a familiar script. The corporate strategy at many companies — manufacturers or otherwise — is to cut jobs, not create them.

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Reddit announces plan to curb "toxic users"

Dec 1, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

A story about the internet, abuse on the internet and one company doing something about it. Reddit is a site where users post links about what they're reading or watching or thinking online and, importantly, comments responding to those links. 

So what actually happened with Reddit and its CEO?

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Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Dec 1, 2016

The display cases in New York's Museum of the Moving Image are crowded with manifest nostalgia: paper dolls, lunch boxes, the Ben Casey M.D. board game. And in one corner, amid a trio of unassuming but unexpected books: Ginger Rogers and The Riddle of the Scarlet Cloak.

Zlota Kurka, or Golden Hen, sits in a central Warsaw neighborhood surrounded by telecom offices and wine bars. Inside, there's a window-sized menu offering Polish-style soups, eggs, dumplings, cabbage and potatoes, all cooked by women in flowered aprons and schoolteacher glasses.

Marketplace for Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dec 1, 2016

On today's show: Despite the deal struck by Carrier and President-elect Trump, more Carrier jobs are leaving Indiana than are staying. We look at the larger corporate strategy of jobs leaving the country and automation.  Also: Another installment in our series How the Deck is Stacked, in partnership with Frontline and PBS. Finally: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman apologized yesterday for secretly editing comments in a community thread for supporters of President-elect Trump and vowed to take a tougher stance on some of the site's "toxic users."

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Indian moviegoers are set to get a hefty dose of patriotism with their big-screen previews.

According to an interim order handed down Wednesday by two justices on India's Supreme Court, movie theaters nationwide must play the country's national anthem before each feature film begins. What's more, the audience members must stand in observance, while an Indian flag is depicted on the big screen and the doors of the theater are temporarily closed to prevent distractions.

How Italy's new referendum could change the country

Dec 1, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about what we're expecting from tomorrow's jobs report; a new Italian referendum that'll reform the country's constitution; and how Amazon moves data into the cloud. 

On a hillside overlooking the steppes of northeastern Mongolia, an entire family shovels jet-black chunks of coal into a truck. Every half-hour or so, they fire up a machine that steadily pulls a steel cable attached to what looks like a roller-coaster car emerging from a hole in the ground. It takes five minutes before it arrives at the surface, full of more coal, extracted by cousins working half-a-mile beneath the earth.

For some rural Mongolians, risking their lives in crude, makeshift mines is the only way to survive.

In 2011, when North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died, the state news agency reported that Mount Paektu took on a supernatural glow, and that at its summit, Heaven Lake shook with cracking ice.

Those reports were pretty unscientific. But several years earlier, between 2002 and 2005, Mount Paektu had experienced a swarm of little earthquakes.

An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries.

The Army's report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it's treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.

Boston's official 2016 Christmas tree, like others that have come before it, is a thank you gift for events a century ago in the Nova Scotia's Canadian province's coastal capital of Halifax.

On Dec. 6, 1917, a French ship, the Mont Blanc, was preparing to head overseas to fight in World War I, when it ran into trouble.

"In Halifax Harbor, the Mont Blanc collides with another ship and catches on fire," says Peter Drummey, librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Author Andrea Davis Pinkney used to sleep with a copy of The Snowy Day. "I loved that book — it was like a pillow to me," she says.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is a stately old building with turrets, arches and a clock tower soaring 300 feet into the air. Inside, the lobby is equally impressive with massive chandeliers, a grand staircase and a glass ceiling 10 floors up.

The 263-room hotel is without doubt luxurious. But it could also represent a massive conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump once he takes office.