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2012 Was A Big Year For Fossil Fuels

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Energy independence is something that has eluded America for decades. Major new oil discoveries and the growing use of hydraulic fracking technology have made 2012 a seminal year for energy companies, and may indeed secure the countries energy supply in the future. But other fossil fuel companies found 2012 to be a tough year. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin explores the year in fossil fuels with guests J. Robinson West of PFC Energy, a global consulting firm specializing in oil and gas, and James Stevenson, associate director of North American Coal for the consulting group IHS.

'Steve Jobs': As Ambitious As Its Title Character

Danny Boyle's new biopic, Steve Jobs, is a look at the man who made Apple mean computers, not fruit. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's an invigorating story told in three acts of crisis.

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees' immune system and attack the mite itself.

'Quartet' Member: Nobel Peace Prize Is 'Very Important For Tunisia'

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Wided Bouchamaoui, president of the Tunisian Employers' Union, and a member of the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia, about winning the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.

Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

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