The Madeleine Brand Show for November 19, 2010

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How your Facebook could influence your insurance premiums

Why bother filling out forms when your insurance company can check your Facebook status? As part of the Wall Street Journal's ongoing coverage of internet privacy, they've found that life insurers may soon use treasure troves of online data to help determine customers' rates. Leslie Scism, co-author of the story, joins us to discuss the ramifications.
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A day in the life of the unemployed

Reporter Sanden Totten accompanies Tom De Koster, a man hit hard by the economic crash, out to a job interview and discusses the ticking clock of the end of his unemployment benefits. Congress' extension of unemployment benefits ends on Dec. 1 after a movement to renew benefits failed in the House last Thursday.
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Antimatter atom captured for first time

Antimatter? Huh? This isn't science fiction - scientists at the European CERN laboratory caught particles of antimatter with magnets, man, and we'll tell you how they work. Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at CalTech, joins us to talk shop and get you jazzed about what this discovery means for our understanding of life, the Big Bang, and the Universe as it exists today.
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Harry Potter and the squealing fanbase

Sanden Totten visits the penultimate Potter party of our age. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 broke pre-sale ticket records with over $30 million sold before ticket booths opened for last night's midnight showing, and ticket sale-tracking websites have predicted a possible near-record $60 million opening-day sales and $130-million weekend gross.
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Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

TSA special screenings get intimate, and the Barefoot Bandit pleads not guilty. Luke Burbank sets the record straight with this week's edition of Awesome/Not Awesome, your roundup of What You Missed in pop culture.
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