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December 4, 2013
Vice President Biden is hoping to find a diplomatic solution to a dispute over airspace involving China and Japan. Get the details in Wednesday's program, and find out what led to political protests in Ukraine. We also report on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales results, and we explain why the online shopping experience could see a major shift. Plus, we hear how football fans caused a seismic event.
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Media Literacy Question of the Day:
Does hearing media coverage of famously busy shopping days influence viewers' shopping behavior? If so, how? If not, why not?
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2. Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Fast Facts: How well were you listening to today's program?
1. What countries is Vice President Joe Biden visiting on his current trip? According to the report, why is the international community concerned about this region? How has the United States responded to China's declaration?
2. What are some arguments for and against online sales taxes? What is the current status of a legal challenge brought by two Internet retailers against an online tax? According to the report, what might the future hold for online sales taxes?
3. What world record did fans of the Seattle Seahawks NFL team set this season? How do decibel levels at CenturyLink Field compare to the levels of other noises?
1. What questions do you think the U.S. government and the international community have with regard to China's declaration concerning its air space? What options do you think are available to China, Japan, the U.S. and the international community in addressing this issue?
2. Why might some Ukranians want closer ties with the European Union, while others might want closer ties with Russia? What might be the benefits and drawbacks of each? What are some possible outcomes to the situation in Ukraine?
3. How might an online sales tax affect Internet retailers, brick-and-mortar retailers, state governments and consumers? Do you think online taxes influence consumers' decisions on whether to shop on the Internet? Why or why not?
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