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Business
5:13 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Italian Company Sells Spreadable Beer

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Global Health
3:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Ebola Protective Suits Are In Short Supply

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 5:34 am

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We're hearing a lot in today's program about the people who care for patients with Ebola. There is a shortage of suits to protect them.

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Law
2:55 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Former Treasury Secretaries Head To Court For AIG Lawsuit

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:30 pm

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Media
10:32 am
Mon October 6, 2014

NPR Chief Announces Departure Of Key Digital Strategist

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Executive Who Spearheaded NPR's Digital Strategy To Leave Network

Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 12:17 pm

Update at 11:25 a.m. ET

Kinsey Wilson, who has been a driving force behind NPR's digital strategy for the past six years, will leave the network, NPR CEO Jarl Mohn announced today.

Wilson, an executive vice president and chief content officer, "is widely credited with positioning NPR as a leader in the digital space, building editorial excellence and growing audience across platforms," Mohn said in a memo to staff.

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Shots - Health News
8:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Medical Company May Be Falling Short Of Its Patient Safety Ideals

Joe Kiani, addresses the second-annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in January 2014.
Courtesy of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

When medical device entrepreneur Joe Kiani announced his commitment to eliminating medical mistakes, he did it with panache. His medical device company, Masimo Corporation, funded the launch of a nonprofit called the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. And at its flashy inaugural summit in 2013 – featuring former President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker – Kiani pledged to galvanize the medical industry to reduce the number of deaths from medical errors across the country from hundreds of thousands a year to zero.

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The Two-Way
7:33 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Will Split Into Two Companies

Meg Whitman, the current president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will lead one of the two companies the tech giant is creating by dividing its corporate services and printing/PC units.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:30 pm

Computer giant Hewlett-Packard, a stalwart through decades of shifts in America's technology landscape, is dividing itself into two companies in its most drastic attempt yet to adjust to new markets.

The ailing company that was founded 75 years ago in a Palo Alto garage was synonymous with Silicon Valley.

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All Tech Considered
1:28 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Jean Jennings (left) and Frances Bilas set up the ENIAC in 1946. Bilas is arranging the program settings on the Master Programmer.
Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 10:39 am

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there's a good reason: It's true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.

It wasn't always this way. Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that's a part of history that even the smartest people don't know.

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All Tech Considered
3:11 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs

A venture capital firm is using the power of big data to target entrepreneurs before they even create startups.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 7:39 pm

With predictive analytics, Amazon can figure out what you'll buy next, Netflix knows what you'll watch next and Target can guess if you're pregnant.

In the world of venture capitalism, some firms have used predictive analytics to try to figure out which startups to invest in to make a quick buck.

And one firm is taking things one step further (or, actually, backward) by using an algorithm to try to find entrepreneurs before they even start a company.

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Digital Life
5:57 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Upstart Challenges Facebook On User Privacy

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 11:51 am

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All Tech Considered
3:49 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Tech Week: Who's Offline, How Hong Kong Connects, How Google Works

Protesters rest following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Sept. 29. They're using old and new forms of tech to stay connected.
Xaume Olleros AFP/Getty Images

Another week whizzed by with no shortage of tech news and headlines. Here's a look back and what we were up to here at NPR and some notable coverage from our friends in the media and blogosphere.

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Business
3:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

New 15-Year Mortgage May Open Homeownership Door For More Buyers

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America CEO Bruce Marks is offering the first batch of these "wealth building home loans" to homebuyers through his nonprofit organization.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 10:56 am

The 30-year mortgage is the foundation of the real estate market largely because it makes housing more affordable. But the truth is, it's a lousy loan for building actual ownership or equity in your home during the first 5 or 7 years, which caused big trouble when housing crashed.

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Business
2:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

JPMorgan Chase The Latest Big Target In Cyberattacks

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 4:17 pm

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Business
2:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Make Room, Food Trucks: Mobile Fashion Stores Have Hit The Streets

Customers walk out of Street Boutique, parked in Shirlington Village, Va. Street Boutique is a pop-up truck that's similar to the many food trucks in the area, except it sells clothes and jewelry.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:28 am

It might be easy to mistake Lia Lee's business — a big, light-pink vehicle — for a food truck specializing in sugary treats. But it's something entirely different.

Owner Lia Lee sells trendy clothing and accessories in the Washington, D.C., area out of the truck she calls Street Boutique. Wherever she parks and opens her doors, the store's open.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

How Tough Is The Mortgage Market? Even Bernanke Can't Get Refinanced

Ben Bernanke stepped down as the chairman of the Federal Reserve in January. He told an audience in Chicago on Thursday that he has had trouble refinancing his home.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 11:51 am

Banks have made it tougher for people to get mortgages after the Great Recession. Just how hard is it? Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told an audience in Chicago Thursday that he was unable to refinance his home loan.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Unemployment Falls To 5.9 Percent, Lowest In 6 Years

Construction workers build a commercial complex in July, in Springfield, Ill. On Friday, the government said the unemployment rate had fallen below 6 percent for the first time in more than six years.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 11:19 am

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008, with nonfarm payrolls adding 248,000 new jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape
5:06 am
Fri October 3, 2014

U.S. Manufacturing: A Remembrance And A Look Ahead

A worker cuts slabs of steel at a mill in Cleveland in 2004.
Ron Schwane AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 9:28 am

If it weren't for American manufacturing, I wouldn't be here today.

Literally.

A century ago, my grandfather moved from Poland to Youngstown, Ohio, to work in a steel mill. At the time, Ohio factories were cranking out steel slabs, tires and cars — building a mountain of wealth that the next generation could climb. And the generation after that.

But what will happen in the 21st century? Is the path that led to higher ground blocked now?

The answer is complicated.

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Jobs Report Is A Bounceback From Disappointing August

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 10:26 am

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Data Breach Exposes Millions Of Households

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:36 am

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It's customary in radio not to overload you with too many numbers. They get hard to follow and recall, so better to avoid a lot of little numbers and limit yourself to the really, strikingly large ones.

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Politics
3:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Obama's Approval Rating Dragged Down By Economic Disconnect

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:36 am

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Achy Feet Rejoice! Designers Are Showing Flats For Spring

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:36 am

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Planet Money
1:36 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Bedbugs, Lava And Bowling Balls: Inside My Homeowners Insurance Policy

The details in a homeowners insurance policy are amazing
Jacob Goldstein NPR

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 7:02 am

My homeowners insurance policy reads as though somebody took all of the bad things that can happen in the world and divided them into two buckets: stuff that is covered and stuff that is not covered.

I'm covered for damage from fire, lightning and malicious mischief. I'm covered if a volcano spews lava onto my house. It's right here under "Additional Coverages." Paragraph 10. "Volcanic Action."

But there's this other section, "Losses Not Insured," that tells you how insurance really works. For example, Paragraph 2, Subparagraph e:

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Business
4:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

To Reverse Driver Shortage, Trucking Industry Steers Women To Jobs

The trucking industry is short about 30,000 drivers nationwide, says the American Trucking Associations. Women are joining the ranks to help fill the void.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 5:03 pm

When someone says "trucker," many stereotypes often come to mind. A bearded Kris Kristofferson in the 1978 film Convoy or a hollerin' Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit are just some of the mental images associated with the word.

Traditionally, trucking has been an industry dominated by men. But increasingly, that's changing.

The American Trucking Associations says the industry is short about 30,000 truckers nationwide. It expects that shortage to surge more than 200,000 truckers in the next decade.

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Media
4:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Business And Journalism Collide At ESPN

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Movies
2:35 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Netflix's Adam Sandler Movies Could Be Big Wins Or Silent Flops

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 4:03 pm

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It's tough to imagine that Hollywood's movie machine could forever be changed by this guy, but it could happen.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BILLY MADISON")

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Planet Money
9:36 am
Thu October 2, 2014

40 Years Of Income Inequality In America, In Graphs

Household Income
Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 4:40 pm

Here's the story of income inequality in America over the past 40 years.

Hover over each line to identify household income, and click through to see the percentage growth over the past 40 years.

The graph reveals a striking pattern. After adjusting for inflation, income was basically flat for households in the bottom half of the economic ladder. Right around the middle, income starts to pick up — and the higher you go up the income ladder, the more income growth you see.

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 6:16 am

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Shots - Health News
4:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Obamacare's First Year: How'd It Go?

In New Jersey in March, Dianna Lopez of the Center for Family Services (right) speaks with Betsy Cruz, of Camden, N.J., about health insurance coverage during an Affordable Care Act information session.
Lori M. Nichols South Jersey Times/Landov

Exactly one year ago, the Obamacare insurance exchanges stumbled into existence. Consumers struggled to sign up for its online marketplace — and the Obama administration was pummeled. Eventually, HealthCare.gov's problems were mostly fixed, and two weeks ago, the administration announced 7.3 million people have bought insurance through it so far this year.

So, was the health exchanges' first year a success — or something less?

Ask President Obama, and he says you measure the Affordable Care Act's success this way:

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All Tech Considered
3:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos (right) walks with drag queen Sister Roma to a news conference on Sept. 17 about a Facebook policy that requires people to use their "real" names on their profiles. The site said Wednesday it will modify how the policy is enforced.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 2:34 pm

Facebook has apologized for a policy that drew criticism from LGBT groups after it led to the deactivation of dozens of accounts belonging to drag queens. While the policy itself will stay in place, Facebook says, it will be changing how the rule is enforced.

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Planet Money
2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

Union soldiers found that gunpowder was sometimes mixed with sawdust.
Mathew B. Brady AP

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:14 pm

A law passed to protect the Union army in the Civil War is one of the key tools federal officials have used to collect tens of billion in corporate fines this year.

During the Civil War, the army relied heavily on private contractors for necessities like uniforms, shoes, and gunpowder. Those contractors often cut corners.

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