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The Economic Impact Of Airline Mergers

The U.S. Justice Department took most everyone by surprise yesterday. Along with six states and the District of Columbia, it sued to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The two airlines were just days away from a bankruptcy court hearing which they hoped would confirm their exit plan. The carriers claim their consolidation would benefit consumers by creating a new airline that could compete with rivals that have already merged. But critics and Justice officials say the transaction would result in higher fares, higher fees and fewer choices. Diane and her guests discuss the economic impact of airline mergers.


French Bulldog At Heart Of New Children's Book 'Naughty Mabel'

Mabel is a naughty French bulldog at the center of a new children's book by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Lane about his inspiration for the fictional dog.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Snapshots 2016: Trump's Message Resonates With A Master Cabinet Maker

From time to time during this election season we'll be introducing you to ordinary people that our reporters meet out on the campaign trail. Today: a snapshot from a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire.

What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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