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Critics Say Mob Boss's Trial Has Been A Disappointment

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A federal judge in Boston is about to sentence former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was convicted in August of participating in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise for decades. There is little suspense around sentencing; even the minimum for the most minor of the charges would be enough to keep the now-84-year-old Bulger behind bars for the rest of his life. It's all left some questioning whether the whole "big show," as the former mob boss has called his months-long trial, was worth all the time and money.

No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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