Today's Takeaway | November 28, 2012

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Looking over the cliff (Squacco/flickr)

Your Fiscal Cliff Questions, Answered | Fiction or Non-Fiction? A Veteran Journalist Explains Why He Ventured into Fiction | The Hobbit Premiers In New Zealand, Middle Earth Goes Nuts | Winston Churchill, 'The Last Lion' | The Onion: From Fake Sexiest Man Alive to Real News

Your Fiscal Cliff Questions, Answered

What is the difference between the fiscal cliff and the threat of the government shut-down, last year? What are the chances that Congress will do nothing more than change the January 1, 2013 deadline? What will the fiscal cliff mean for my federal student loans? Takeaway listeners wrote in with these and other questions about the fiscal cliff. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is here with the answers. 

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The Hobbit Premiers In New Zealand, Middle Earth Goes Nuts

Last night, the long awaited Peter Jackson directed film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” premiered in New Zealand, bringing to a climax a long, sometimes strange relationship between a nation, an industry and millions of rabid fans. Colin Peacock, host of Mediawatch on Radio New Zealand, has been closely following the ups and downs of the Hobbit movie, from Elvin enthusiasm to altered labor laws.

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Fiction or Non-Fiction? A Veteran Journalist Explains Why He Ventured into Fiction

Yesterday's segment about new curriculum guidelines that would replace some beloved novels with non-fiction reading in K-12 classrooms sparked a lot of responses listener responses about the virtues of fiction and non-fiction. What's more important for a high school education: fiction reading or non-fiction reading?

Today, a veteran journalist who ventured into fiction after a storied career in the world of non-fiction weighs in. Jeff Greenfield is the author of "Then Everything Changed."

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The Onion: From Fake Sexiest Man Alive to Real News

The satirical publication The Onion named Kim Jong Un its 'Sexiest Man Alive' for 2012. But a newspaper in China ran with story, thinking it was true. How does a fake story get picked up by a real newspaper and then go viral? The Onion knows, and their editor, Will Tracy, explains it all.

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Widespread Corruption Uncovered at Kabul Bank

According to our partner The New York Times, hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kabul Bank were spirited out of country — some smuggled in airline food trays — to foreign bank accounts. Matt Rosenberg is in Kabul for our partner The New York Times. He's seen all 277 pages of the official audit.

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Winston Churchill, 'The Last Lion'

Winston Churchill, British war hero, brilliant military tactician, and prime minister, was a towering figure, an icon of the twentieth century. Historian and author William Manchester set out to publish a three-part biography of Winston Churchill. He wrote the first two in the 1980s, but William Manchester died in 2004. Before his death, Manchester enlisted journalist Paul Reid to finish his lifelong work. The result is "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965."

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