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Planet Money
3:20 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Computer Tablets Take Over Part Of Restaurant Server's Job

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:00 am

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Sports
3:15 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:58 am

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The Salt
3:45 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

The Maslowskis love to cook, and with each mushroom harvest, they invent new recipes. One of their favorite dishes is Hungarian mushroom soup.
Courtesy of Susan Maslowski

Many farmers in Appalachia are cultivating food not in big open fields but deep in the forest — where ramps, hazelnuts and maple trees for syrup thrive.

But some would like to see the region producing even more forest-grown products — in particular, mushrooms — to meet growing demand at specialty food stores and restaurants that serve local ingredients.

The catch? Cultivating mushrooms is labor-intensive, and if you want to sell them to the public, you'll need to show proof that they're edible and safe.

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Business
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

What Are $26 Million In American Express Rewards Points Worth?

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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Technology
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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Sports
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA Delegate: Indictment 'Brought A Cloud' On Upcoming Presidential Vote

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

In the face-to-face interview process, research shows that managers tend to hire applicants who are similar to them on paper.
Bjorn Rune Lie Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

Entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic was just a regular guy who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works.

Typically, a hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate and resumes come flooding in. After doing some interviews, the manager has to make a gut decision: Who is the best person for the job?

Research shows that more often than not, managers pick someone whose background is similar to theirs.

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Eating a chocolate bar daily can help you lose weight? Sorry, that study was a sweet lie — part of an elaborate hoax to school the news media about proper nutrition science journalism.
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Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:17 pm

Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:59 pm

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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Business
4:24 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Sponsors Monitor Corruption Charges Against Soccer Officials

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Business
4:07 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Economists Examine Why The Housing Industry Continues To Lag

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:52 pm

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Politics
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:11 pm

Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some leftover bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. Just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Soccer Indictments Outline Schemes Involving Sports Marking Firms

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Business
4:20 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

On The Road To Recovery, Detroit's Property Taxes Aren't Helping

Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers and business owners like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:45 am

With new businesses sprouting up left and right, there's a lot of talk these days about Detroit being on the comeback trail.

A great thing about the city is that it's easy to become a real estate mogul. But some entrepreneurs might have reason to pause.

A new study released Tuesday shows that Detroit's commercial property taxes are the highest of any city in the nation.

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The Salt
2:48 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi (left) and Sami Tamimi pose for the photographer at their company's bakery in London, December 2012.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Underneath railway arches on a nondescript street in North London, you'll find an old warehouse that's the epicenter of the Ottolenghi food empire.

Jerusalem-born food impresario Yotam Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi, started out over a decade ago with one restaurant in London selling fresh, Middle East-inspired food. The business now encompasses several restaurants, an expanding online food business and some cookbooks that have been wildly successful on their home turf and here in the U.S.

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Sports
2:33 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Aaron Davidson, Miami Sports Marketing Executive, Charged In FIFA Inquiry

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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Politics
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Alabama Considers Legalized Gambling To Close Budget Deficit

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:54 am

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It's All Politics
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

An engineer from Cisco shows live wireless traffic to a FedEx employee during a recent security conference in San Francisco.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:45 pm

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

When President Obama took office back in 2009, "cybersecurity" was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn't debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses and the federal government changed that.

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Are Motorists Paying Attention To The Takata Air Bag Recall?

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:54 am

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Relentless Cable Mogul John Malone Works Behind The Scenes

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:54 am

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Business
1:30 am
Wed May 27, 2015

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever

Paper can make the abstract tangible in a way that digital devices don't.
Alejandro Escamilla Unsplash

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:19 am

I confess. I'm a notebook nut. I own dozens and dozens of them. Everything from cheap reporter's notebooks to hand-crafted Italian leather beauties.

I wondered: Am I an analog dinosaur, or are there others out there like me?

The first stop in my investigation was, frankly, discouraging.

At first glance, a Starbucks on the campus of George Washington University points to the dinosaur conclusion. So plentiful are the laptops and tablets that they outnumber the double-mocha-half-caf-triple-shot-Frappuccinos.

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Technology
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

One Man's Mission To Keep AOL's Legacy Alive

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:31 pm

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Now a story about one man's mission to recall a moment in time when America first started going online with America Online.

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Ah, remember those days?

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Business
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55 Billion

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:17 am

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Goats and Soda
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Blind Waiters Give Diners A Taste Of 'Dinner In The Dark' In Kenya

At the "Dinner in the Dark" restaurant that's just opened in Nairobi, a blind waiter leads guests to their table. The photo was taken during a training session — that's why the lights are on.
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Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 12:07 pm

Ignatius Agon practices his greeting: "OK, good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Ignatius and I am going to guide you into the dark."

It's Monday, and the first day of training for a new restaurant opening this month in Kenya. Diners will be served in the dark. They'll have to find their food with their forks and eat it in a pitch black room.

And the waiters are blind.

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It's All Politics
3:20 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?

The next president to occupy the Oval Office will confront four seemingly intractable problems: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:20 am

Presidential candidates are doing what they have to do at this point in the campaign season — they're raising money and strutting their biographies and electoral viability to voters. We haven't heard much yet about policy papers or what they would actually do if they win. But those policy issues will matter — as the campaign picks up steam and especially once the next president steps into the Oval Office on Day 1.

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U.S.
3:10 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

California's Drought Makes It Rain Big Bucks For Local Businesses

Los Angeles started offering a $3.75 rebate on every square foot of grass replaced with a drought-friendly landscape. The drought is a boost in business for local conservation entrepreneurs.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

When people call up Leigh Jerrard, founder of Greywater Corps, they're greeted with a recorded message: "Note that we are overwhelmed with inquiries right now, so it may be a while before we get back to you. But have faith."

Jerrard's company helps homeowners with the complicated process of installing their own Greywater systems. The system takes drainage from showers or washing machines and uses it to water lawns.

It sounds like a great idea now, but six years ago, when Jerrard started the company, few people were interested.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Apple's Jony Ive Promoted To Chief Design Officer

The Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York. The company has just promoted designer Jony Ive to chief design officer.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:27 pm

The news of Jony Ive's promotion was first revealed, oddly enough, in a long, fawning profile of Ive in the Telegraph, written by British comedian and TV host Stephen Fry. "Until now, Ive's job title has been Senior Vice President of Design," Fry wrote. "But I can reveal that he has just been promoted and is now Apple's Chief Design Officer. It is therefore an especially exciting time for him."

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It's All Politics
2:23 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck

Seattle Space Needle elevator operator Michael Hall says despite the success of the attraction, his pay hasn't budged in four years.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:21 pm

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

For seven years, Michael Hall has been guiding tourists to the top of Seattle's Space Needle and back. It's a unique vantage point from which to watch the ups and downs of Americans' paychecks.

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Parallels
11:56 am
Tue May 26, 2015

In Search Of Bandwidth, Cuban Entrepreneurs Head To Miami

Miami swimwear entrepreneur Mel Valenzuela (right) explains online strategies to Cuban business owners Victor Rodriguez (middle) and Caridad Limonta (left) in Wynwood this month. Miami boutique owner Monica Minagorri (rear) watches.
Tim Padgett WLRN

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 12:56 pm

When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage — not just for bathing suits but for bandwidth.

The most important stop on Rodríguez's schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami's high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.

As Valenzuela showed Rodríguez how to do business online, his awestruck expression seemed to evoke José Arcadio Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude, who when he first touches ice declares it "the great invention of our time."

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Plans To Cut A Third Of Its Workforce

Malaysia Airlines planes sit on the tarmac last year at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
Vincent Thian AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:41 am

Malaysia Airlines, which last year had one of its planes disappear off the face of the earth and another shot down over Ukraine, is about to undergo an overhaul — one that means layoffs for as many as one-third of its 20,000 employees.

In an interview with Reuters, the company's new CEO, Christoph Mueller, said he plans to run the restructured airline like a "startup." The news service reports:

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