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2 Police Officers Killed In Ambush In New York

The two officers were shot inside of their marked patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspected gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

An analyst from says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.

Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward Dies At 95

He flew nearly 150 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but after the war, Steward returned home and was denied a mortgage because of his skin color.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

4 Gitmo Prisoners Released For Return To Afghanistan

The inmates were sent home on a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. It is the latest in a series of moves to draw down the prison population by sending prisoners abroad.

Russia Says It Won't 'Cave In' To New Western Sanctions

The reaction comes after President Obama signed an executive order on Friday slapping economic sanctions on Crimea, a day after the EU approved similar measures.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

'Going There' in 2014

Michel Martin has spent much of the last few months on the road, and she has been moved by the people she's met and the stories they've shared with her. She remembers her 'Top 5' moments of 2014.

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

The secretive regime denies any involvement with the Sony Pictures hack and says the U.S. must allow it to help find the real culprit. Or else.

Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

With that pitch, coder boot camps are poised to get much, much bigger. Is this a new education delivery system?

Hong Kong’s ‘Hedge Fund Fight Nite’

December 20, 2014
The joy of victory ... and the agony of defeat. (Michael Perini)

In Hong Kong, a group of investment bankers recently traded in their suits for boxing gear. Charlie Schroeder was in Hong Kong to check out the action at the eighth annual Hedge Fund Fight Nite.

Panther Girl: The Wrestler Who Escaped Murder

December 20, 2014
" " Jeff Maysh says of women's pro wrestling in the '60s and 70s. (Ron Frehm/AP)

“It was like the Wild West,” Jeff Maysh says of women’s wrestling in the ’60s and ’70s. Ann Casey, the wrestler known as “Panther Girl,” won the U.S. women’s title after being nearly shot to death in the midst of her star career. Maysh joins Bill Littlefield to share Casey’s story.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

December 20, 2014
With a win over the Chicago Bears last Monday night, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are on top of the NFC South -- with a 6-8 record. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss the 6-8 New Orleans Saints place atop the NFC South, the FCC ruling regarding Washington’s football team, and Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein’s backup plan to lure pitcher Jon Lester. Hint: it involved deer urine.

Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’

December 20, 2014

In 2004, Beijing issued a ban on the construction of golf courses in China. But since the moratorium went into effect, no other country has built more golf courses. Author Dan Washburn joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book “The Forbidden Game.”

Four-Time NBA Champ Horace Grant On Jordan, Kobe And Winning

December 20, 2014
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Bill Littlefield speaks with four-time NBA champion Horace Grant about his lengthy NBA career, playing with some of the top scorers of all time, and his place in NBA goggle history.

Eyeing Title, Dallas Mavericks Add Rajon Rondo

December 20, 2014
(Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) After spending his whole career with the Celtics, Rajon Rondo will join a talented Mavs team that won the title in 2011. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

“The window for them to win a second title with this core group is closing, and they’re making a run at it,” Only A Game’s Doug Tribou says of the Dallas Mavericks, who just made a deal with the Celtics for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. Tribou joins Bill Littlefield to assess the trade.

Long, Cold Winter Ahead For Edmonton Oilers

December 20, 2014
Edmonton Oilers fans haven't had much reason to cheer this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers currently sit dead last in the NHL. The Oilers also possess the league’s longest postseason drought — they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, when they lost in seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Bill Littlefield speaks with John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal to find out what’s wrong with the Oilers.

Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking

December 20, 2014
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck isn't often sacked, but, when he is, he makes sure to talk about it. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes a big hit, he makes sure his opponents hear about it — but not in the way you’d expect. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, who wrote a story about Luck’s unique on-field demeanor.

After Recent Failures, USOC Will Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics

December 20, 2014
Could the Olympics be coming back to the U.S. in 2024? The U.S. Olympic Committee thinks there's a good chance. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The U.S. was unsuccessful in its bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. After choosing not to bid for the 2020 Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee is making a pitch for 2024. Reporter Curt Nickisch explains how four U.S. cities plan to wow the world — on the cheap.

Salvadoran Gang Members Seek New Life — With A Farm

December 19, 2014
One of Marvin Gonzalez’s gang members feeds chickens on a farm in Ilopango. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

A gang boss in El Salvador is looking for a way out — one that includes tomatoes and chickens.

Music From The Show

December 19, 2014

From Women to Interpol.

Chadwick Stokes On “The Horse Comanche”

December 19, 2014
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Massachusetts-native Chadwick Stokes is perhaps best known as the frontman for the bands Dispatch and State Radio, with whom he’s played to sold-out crowds at TD Garden and Madison Square Garden in New York.

Harvard Family, Work Survey Points To High Expectations, Disappointing Results For Women

December 19, 2014
Organizer Mary Dove, talks to a group of women at a "lean in" meeting in New York. The group is inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In." (Wix Lounge, Galo Delgado/AP)

When 7,000 business school alumni were asked how career priorities and child care were split between husbands and wives, their answers didn’t sound like progress.

Obama: Sony Decision To Cancel Movie A ‘Mistake’

December 19, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

Speaking of Sony executives, Obama said “I wish they had spoken to me first” before canceling “The Interview.”

Special Coverage: Obama’s Year-End Remarks

December 19, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Obama addressed the press before traveling with the first family on their annual Christmas beach vacation in the president's birth state of Hawaii. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Before President Obama and his family left for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, he delivered a year-end press conference.

Mixed Reaction As New York Bans Fracking

December 19, 2014
An opponent of the hydraulic fracturing holds a sign during a demonstration on March 20, 2014 in New York. The demonstrators say "fracking," the process used in natural gas drilling, is dangerous for water supplies and food sources. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The debate over whether to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been deeply emotional and contentious in New York.

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