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Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM
The picture released by the European Space Agency ESA on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 was taken by the ROLIS instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during descent from a distance of approximately 3 km from the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. (AP)

US-China climate pledge. Keystone and the lame duck congress. A comet landing. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Anti-American Chinese blogger Zhou Xiaoping, seen here in his Sina Weibo account profile pic with Chinese president Xi Jinping. (Sina Weibo)

A Chinese blogger whose harsh anti-American essays have a huge following in China just got a big embrace from China’s top leadership.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this June 11, 2014 photo, Jack Ma, right, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP/Andy Wong)

It may be the biggest Wall Street IPO in American history, and it’s not even an American company. We’ll look at China’s tech giant Alibaba going public in the U.S.A.

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Friday, May 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell addresses his supporters following his victory in the republican primary Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Mariott Louisville East in Louisville, Ky. (AP)

The President and theVA scandal. Establishment Republicans win over the Tea Party. US Cyber-theft charges against China’s military. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, centre right, and China's President Xi Jinping, centre left, walk to open joint naval exercises, in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP)

The US accuses China’s military of industrial espionage. We’ll talk with the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos – longtime Beijing correspondent – about China’s “Age of Ambition.”

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
Jack Ma, chairman of China's largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, gestures during a conference in Hong Kong Wednesday, March 20, 2012. Ma's company filed for a hotly anticipated US IPO on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Chinese tech giant Alibaba is finally filing for an IPO in the US. We talked with Quartz reporter Lily Kuo to figure out what all the fuss is really about.

 
Friday, May 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Harlee Branson, 13, uses a broom to help clean up storm rubble on her grandparents' property near a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood Thursday, May 1, 2014. A tornado struck the town late Sunday. (AP)

Donald Sterling banned from the NBA. Deadly twisters across the South. China’s economy to be number one.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A worker walks in the main building of Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba.com, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Shanghai. China. (AP)

China’s Alibaba – its Amazon – prepares an American IPO. We’ll look at the booming Internet landscape on the other side of the world.

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Nov 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Nov 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

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Nov 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

 
Nov 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

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Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

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The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

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