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HSBC Critic: Too Big To Indict May Mean Too Big To Exist

The accusations against HSBC were harsh — that the bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and conducted transactions on behalf of Iran and other states tied to terrorism. So, why did federal authorities fine HSBC rather than pursue criminal charges?

VIDEO: Speed Camera Nabs Car Sitting At Red Light

When most drivers get a ticket from a speed-zone camera, there's simply pay the fine. After all, the ticket often includes photographic proof that their car was over the limit. But a Maryland driver is fighting a $40 fine, citing speed-cam photos that show his car, sitting motionless.

Drought Continues: Farmers, Shippers Feel Pressure

The United States is facing its worst drought since the 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With little to no signs of relief on the horizon, many analysts expect conditions to worsen well into next year.

If You Can't Beat Them, Copy Them

Kristina Green knew she couldn't trump her next door neighbor's elaborate Christmas light display. The neighbor's house is covered with 16,000 lights. Green's display features 900 lights spelling out the word "DITTO" with an arrow pointing next door.

NCAA Shake-Up: The Future Of College Athletics

In 2013 and 2014, there will be a number of substantial realignments in the NCAA conferences. Some believe that the realignment process will ultimately result in the creation of four "super conferences." NPR's Mike Pesca talks about how conference shifts could effect the future of college athletics.

Protecting Kids' Digital Privacy

Think the apps your kids download are harmless? A federal government report says that may not be true. The investigation found that hundreds of popular mobile device apps have been collecting and sharing data about children. Host Michel Martin talks with Rey Junco of the Harvard Berkman Center, about how best to protect your kids' digital privacy.

Remembering Ravi Shankar

The legendary Indian sitar player, Ravi Shankar, died this week at the age of 92. His music touched a wide range of people - from rock musicians to international ambassadors. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to Shankar's musical legacy.

The Boom And Bust Of Fracking

Some places have banned fracking, a controversial type of natural gas drilling. Critics say the process contaminates groundwater. But proponents say it creates jobs and energy independence. Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR's Jeff Brady and reporter Scott Detrow from NPR's StateImpact project in Pennsylvania. They discuss the boom and bust of fracking.

Arab-American Comedienne: No Apology For Jokes

Maysoon Zayid is a Palestinian Muslim with cerebral palsy. She's turned that identity into a tool for laughter, performing stand-up around the world. She says she doesn't apologize to anyone for her very political and personal jokes. Host Michel Martin talks to Zayid about her comedy and a program she runs in the West Bank.