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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

"That's not what America's about," the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview's release a "mistake." The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack.

Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV Of 2014

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says, any Top 10 list says as much about the critic as the shows he is picking.

All Things Considered

7 Chaotic Hours Behind The Scenes At NFL RedZone

On 17 Sundays every fall, millions of people tune in to this cable channel, which airs for just seven hours a week and endeavors to show each score from as many as 12 simultaneous football games.

NYT Journalist James Risen Won't Be Forced To Reveal His Source

Attorney General Eric Holder won't compel the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter to name his confidential source on CIA operations. It's the conclusion of a standoff that has lasted for years.

All Things Considered

Photojournalist Michel Du Cille Chased The Tough Stories

Audie Cornish speaks with Kevin Merida, managing editor of The Washington Post, about the life and work of photojournalist Michel du Cille. The winner of three Pulitzer Prizes died Thursday.

All Things Considered

Al Sharpton's Two Hats: Cable News Host And Activist

As a cable news host, Al Sharpton is covering big stories such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner involving his work as an activist. There can be tension in the two roles.

Remembering Michel Du Cille: Photos Of Sorrow And Triumph In Liberia

The three-time Pulitzer winner died Thursday while on assignment in Liberia for The Washington Post. Regarding those tough assignments, du Cille always emphasized compassion and dignity.

Morning Edition

After Law Requires Payments To Papers, Google News Shuts Down In Spain

In a victory for Spain's news outlets, aggregators are now required to pay the sites for linking to their content. But Google's choice could hurt the sites, limiting their global reach and influence.

Nick Denton Steps Down As Gawker's President

But he will remain CEO of the media company that he built, and be part of a seven-member managing partnership. He said he wanted to spend more time blogging.

The Year In Latin Music

December 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

Week In The News: Cuba Thaw, Taliban Attack, Hollywood Hacking

December 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Cheryl Strayed And Steve Almond Pair Up For ‘Dear Sugar’ Podcast

December 18, 2014
Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed are hosts of the new podcast "Dear Sugar Radio."

At different times, both authors played the role of Sugar in the popular “Dear Sugar” advice column. Now, it’s becoming a podcast.

Say Goodbye To ‘Stephen Colbert’ And Hello To Stephen Colbert

December 18, 2014
Stephen Colbert will leave his faux-conservative character behind when he succeeds David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" on CBS. (Comedy Central)

Fans expect Colbert to abandon his conservative caricature, as he leaves “The Colbert Report” to take over for David Letterman.

In The Media: Torture By Any Other Name

December 17, 2014
A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses how language choice in the media can frame the way we think about a subject.

2014 In Sports: The World Cup, Sochi And NFL Scandals

December 17, 2014
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

Cosby Accuser Beverly Johnson: ‘He's A Black Man. I Had To Separate The Trayvon Martins, The Michael Browns From What Happened To Me’

December 16, 2014
Comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Performances by Cosby in Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington state have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them years ago. (AP)

Beverly Johnson accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging her in a high-profile Vanity Fair column. She tells us why she waited so long to share her story, and why it was even harder to share now.

Boston Presents Bid For 2024 Olympics In San Francisco

December 16, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addresses an audience during an event held to generate public interest in a 2024 Olympics bid for the city of Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Tuesday afternoon, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish and other members of the Boston 2024 executive bid committee made a pitch for why Boston should host the 2024 Olympics. They spoke to the U.S. Olympic Committee in California.

Beverly Johnson And The Bill Cosby Scandal

December 16, 2014
Supermodel Beverly Johnson. (Courtesy Beverly Johnson)

Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby. She joins us.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson Asks People To Join His Singing Protest

December 15, 2014
A video of Samuel L. Jackson singing in protest of the choking death of Eric Garner by a white police officer in NYC has gone viral. (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

So far Jackson’s page has gotten nearly two million views.

‘A Goyishe Christmas To You!’

December 15, 2014
Steven Blier is the creator of "A Goyishe Christmas to You!," a cabaret-style play filled with classic Christmas tunes penned by Jews, as well as a number of parodies and original songs. (PR)

Despite not celebrating Christmas, Jews have been historically influential on holiday music.

Social Media In The News: From Australia Hostages To Weekend Protests

December 15, 2014
Twitter user Kristen Boschma shared this image of a sticker she put on her bag showing the hashtag "#illridewithyou" (Screenshot from Twitter)

Annie Colbert of Mashable joins us to talk about the social media response to the Sydney hostage situation and weekend protests in NYC.

Sony Puts News Groups On Legal Notice To Destroy Hacked Data

December 15, 2014
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Investigators suspect that the hackers may be linked to North Korea, where the country’s leader is upset about a upcoming film by Sony.

Two Hundred Years Of African American Prayer

December 15, 2014
Morma Francis, of Atlanta, raises her hand to ask a question during a community town hall forum at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

“Conversations with God,” – the story told by two centuries of African American prayer.

Artifacts Tell Stories In New TV Show, ‘Secrets Of The Arsenal’

December 12, 2014
Jesus Ayala, 12, from Chicago, reaches out to touch the captured U-505 German submarine on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. In "Secrets of the Arsenal," Geoff Edgers meets a private collector who shows him artifacts that came off the U-505. (Stacy Thacker/AP)

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but a physical object can offer an entire history lesson.

Week In The News: 'Torture Report,' Cromnibus And The End Of #OccupyCentral

December 12, 2014
CIA Director John Brennan pauses during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation.  (AP)

The explosive torture report. Rolling Stone and UVA. Ebola heroes. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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