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2:00pm

Tue December 27, 2011
North Korea In Transition

North Korea Prepares To Bury Kim Jong Il

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 5:31 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

North Korea is holding a state funeral today for its late leader Kim Jong Il. The funeral caps days of official mourning since Kim's death of a heart attack on December 17th. The most prominent figure in the proceedings, other than Kim himself, is his third son and heir apparent Kim Jong Un, thought to be in his late-20s. NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins us from Seoul, South Korea, where he's been reporting on these events. And Anthony, what's happening at the funeral?

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2:00pm

Tue December 27, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: Early Deliveries; 'My Week With Marilyn'

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 5:31 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

And it's time now for your letters. Yesterday, we told you about more and more hospitals in Massachusetts saying no to early deliveries. If the desired date falls before the 39th week of pregnancy and there's no medical reason to induce labor or have a C-section, doctors say it's not worth the risk.

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1:51pm

Tue December 27, 2011
Planet Money

The Undertakers Of The Retail Industry

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:13 pm

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When the internet kills a big box retailer, Gordon Brothers is the undertaker.

"They're stuck with selling the things that are inside the box," says bankruptcy lawyer Steve Jakubowski.

Gordon Brothers specializes in retail liquidations. When a store dies, they put on a suit, greet the guests and sell them whatever remains. And that means everything — not just books and clothing and DVDs, but shelves, lighting fixtures, even the chairs.

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1:12pm

Tue December 27, 2011
Music Interviews

The 'Guitar Passions' Of Sharon Isbin And Steve Vai

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 5:31 pm

Sharon Isbin (left) and Steve Vai switch axes.
Afshin Javadi

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin started the Juilliard guitar program. Her new album, Guitar Passions, features collaborations between Isbin — who studied with Andres Segovia, among others — and artists with very unclassical careers: jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, rock singer Nancy Wilson of the band Heart, soprano saxophonist Paul Winter and several others.

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12:14pm

Tue December 27, 2011
Performing Arts

There's Something About 'Matilda'

Kerry Ingram is one of four young actresses portraying the title role in Matilda the Musical.
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While pantomime performances of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are traditional English holiday entertainment fare, there's a new hit in town. Londoners are flocking to Matilda the Musical, a souped-up version of Roald Dahl's well-known children's novel, playing in London's West End.

The production by The Royal Shakespeare Company has been proclaimed the best British musical in years. But despite most of the cast being under 16, this show is certainly not just for kids.

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