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Smart devices like the Amazon Echo record snippets of conversation when they're being used. NPR's Scott Simon asks Scott Stein of CNET to explain what happens to the data that is collected.

Trump's tweet about strengthening U.S. nuclear capability renewed conversations about proliferation. Arms Control Wonk blogger Jeffrey Lewis tells NPR's Scott Simon about a nuclear close call in 1983.

In 2016, the collapse of the coal industry hit the epicenter of U.S. production: Wyoming. Miners reflect on hard times, and how they're hedging their bets in a shrinking industry.

Linda Tirado spent 15 years working in the service industry, at gas stations, restaurants and bars. She says New Year's resolutions aren't really for people working dead-end jobs.

The year 2016 ends in China amid an unprecedented crackdown on human rights attorneys. But the Communist Party's intimidation tactics sometimes have the opposite effect.

The Jewish community in Whitefish, Mont., has become the target of online harassment by neo-Nazis. During this Hanukkah, the people of Whitefish are fighting anti-Semitism with menorah displays.

As Syrian forces advanced on rebel-held areas, many rebels and others fled to Syria's northern countryside. But that area could be next on the government's strategic map.

Donations appear to be up substantially in 2016, partly due to the improving economy. But also some donors expect tax rates, and therefore the value of charitable deductions, to go down under Trump.

Former workers at Wells Fargo who resisted pressure to push banking products on customers who didn't want them say the bank retaliated against them by docking their permanent record, sabotaging future job prospects.

The White House announced Thursday that it would close down the two mansions, in Maryland and in New York. Steve Hall, a retired CIA Russian operations officer, says use of the estates — also referred to as dachas, or "country homes" — dates back to the Cold War.

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