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Politics
3:12 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Will Alaskans Vote To Repeal State's Tax Cut On Oil Production?

Alaska campaigns for and against Ballot Measure 1, which would repeal an oil industry tax cut.
Alexandra Gutierrez NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:02 am

Denise Roselle and Dan Anderson share a lot as neighbors. He plows her driveway; she lets him park his truck there. Their Anchorage ranch homes are nearly identical. But there's one area where they're clearly divided.

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Sweetness And Light
1:26 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Amateurism's Dying Hour

Former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson graces the cover of NCAA Football 14.
EA Sports

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:15 am

There have been two recent major developments regarding big-time college athletics. While both are tremendously significant, the conclusions in both cases were foreshadowed and there don't appear to be any devils in the details.

The Big Satan — amateurism — took the hardest hit. And understand, most important of all: This is only the beginning. Many more changes in the NCAA and its anachronistic rules lie ahead.

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Youth Radio
1:24 am
Wed August 13, 2014

In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

Frankie Soto is in charge of the "underground" rock shows at an empty storefront in Stockton's Normandy Village Shopping Center.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 10:03 am

Part of a series on the past, present and future of America's malls

I'm outside a strip mall in Stockton, Calif. It's got a big Asian grocery store, a pet shop and a secondhand store called D. Thrift. There are about 50 kids my age — all in their late teens and early 20s — talking and smoking in front of an empty storefront. It used to be a cellphone shop and before that a place that sold diet pills, but tonight it's the best underground rock show in town, headlining Stockton's own Satan Wriders.

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The Two-Way
4:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Uber And Lyft Spar Over Alleged Ride Cancellations

It's not all pink mustaches and fist bumps in the business of on-demand car services.
Jose A. Iglesias MCT/Landov

Uber and Lyft are battling for customers looking for rides via smartphones, but maybe not everyone is fighting fairly.

CNNMoney reports that Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 Lyft rides since October, according to Lyft's data.

"And it's not just a rogue employee or two," CNN reports. "Lyft claims 177 Uber employees around the country have booked and canceled rides in that time frame."

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The Salt
3:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Farmer Seth Watkins (left) and agronomist Matt Liebman stand amid native prairie grasses near Des Moines, Iowa. The conservation strip is used to stop soil erosion.
John Ydstie NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 9:32 am

Climate change is creating all kinds of challenges and opportunities for business. One of the sectors that feels the effects most immediately is agriculture. Already, weather patterns are making it more challenging to raise corn — even in Iowa — in the middle of the Corn Belt.

Seth Watkins raises corn and cattle in southern Iowa, and he recalls the memorable weather from 2012.

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Shots - Health News
3:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Workplace drug testing for marijuana may need updating in light of changing laws, a case before the Colorado Supreme Court suggests.
Kai-Huei Yau MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 3:23 pm

A car accident crushed Brandon Coats' upper spine when he was 16, leaving him unable to walk. His muscles still spasm, disrupting sleep and causing pain.

"If I'm out in public it's embarrassing," Coats says. "It's always uncomfortable. If I smoke marijuana, it almost completely alleviates it" — more, he says, than other prescriptions.

Coats smokes at night, and says he was never high when answering customer calls at Dish Network. "I was really good at my job," he says.

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All Tech Considered
12:46 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Respondents in a survey of women with engineering degrees said that many companies did not provide opportunities for women like them to advance and develop.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 6:57 am

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Tue August 12, 2014

LA Clippers Sold To Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA franchise said Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 11:56 am

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. A press release from the NBA says a California court has confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team.

Shelly Sterling had arranged to sell the franchise to Ballmer in May for $2 billion, but her husband, Donald Sterling, sued to block the deal.

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All Tech Considered
11:24 am
Tue August 12, 2014

A Fascinating Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments

Quid

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 1:38 pm

When the Federal Communications Commission asked for public comments about the issue of keeping the Internet free and open, the response was huge.

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Planet Money
11:17 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Inequality Is Falling On Planet Earth

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Inequality is rising in the U.S. You know this. As the graph below shows, incomes since 1988 have been flat for poor and middle-class people, and rising for the upper-middle-class and, especially, for the wealthy.

A bunch of causes are commonly cited for rising inequality. One is globalization: Competition from foreign workers has kept a lid on wages for low-skilled workers, and added to gains for some at the top of the income ladder.

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Shots - Health News
7:53 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?

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Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 3:24 pm

When it comes to health insurance for young adults, the Affordable Care Act made it possible for kids to stay on their parents' health plans until they turn 26. It was one of the first provisions of the law to take effect and has proved popular. But what happens when the parents are divorced? Here's a look at that question and a couple of others about coverage issues.

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Food
4:54 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

The Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, N.C.
Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:11 pm

Craft beer sales have been growing by double digits, even as overall beer sales have flattened. And several independent craft beer makers — all based in the Western U.S. — are expanding production to the East. But to keep the flavor true, they have to tinker with beer's main ingredient: water.

Every day, a half-dozen employees of Oskar Blues Brewery file into a small room in Brevard, N.C. It's cluttered with boxes, petri dishes and test tubes.

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Business
4:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:42 am

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Business
4:19 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Meet Viv, A More Complex Siri

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:42 am

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Business
3:30 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Standoff Paralyzes New England Grocery Chain, Hurts Customers

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:42 am

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Global Health
3:11 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Why Is There No Drug To Treat Ebola?

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:42 am

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3:11 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Digital Currencies Such As Bitcoin Compared To The Wild West

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:42 am

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Sweeps Across Social Media

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 5:42 am

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3:11 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Teaching Swim Lessons Keeps Young Woman's Budget Afloat

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:11 am

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3:11 am
Tue August 12, 2014

In Time Of Drought, U.S. West's Alfalfa Exports Are Criticized

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:02 am

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Barneys Agrees To Settlement Over Racial Profiling Allegations

Barneys has agreed to a settlement, including a $525,000 fine, over charges of racial profiling at its New York department store.
Frank Franklin II AP

The upscale retailer Barneys has agreed to a settlement over charges of racial profiling at its flagship store in New York.

The agreement includes a $525,000 fine, NPR's Sam Sanders tells our Newscast Desk.

"Barney's will also have to hire an independent anti-profiling consultant," Sanders reports, "and the retailer will have to implement new record-keeping measures to spot profiling and keep track of interactions with local law enforcement."

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Men In America
3:29 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

After Factory Layoffs, Struggling To Stay On The Economic Ladder

Lynn Eldredge works as a facilities manager for several fast-food restaurants in Utah. At 50, he has no benefits and no retirement savings.
Courtesy of Lynn Eldredge

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 11:51 am

Lynn Eldredge has worked hard for the past three decades. But somehow, it's still not quite enough.

Eldredge started his working life in the Air Force, and eventually found a steady job in a factory in Kansas. But then, in 2000, he was laid off — and has had six different jobs since then.

Over the past several decades in the U.S., wages have stayed flat or even gone down, while the cost of living has gone up. Economists say that's because jobs went overseas, technology replaced human labor and labor unions have seen their influence decline.

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All Tech Considered
3:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 11:37 am

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Men In America
2:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?

It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace after World War II. Hiring was strong for both white-collar jobs and factory work while industries like autos, aviation and steel were booming. By the 1960s, that started to change.
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:45 am

There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.

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The Salt
1:51 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

Take a bite — or or maybe don't — of this beer-battered mako shark taco with cabbage, pico de gallo, avocado, arbol chile and cream from Guerilla Tacos in Los Angeles.
T.Tseng/Flickr

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 2:31 pm

Discovery Channel set viewership records in 2013 as millions of people tuned in to watch sharks feed, sharks attack, extinct giant sharks and researchers catch and tag sharks. Discovery's "Shark Week" returned on Sunday, and this year, to the dismay of conservationists, restaurants and markets nationwide are feeding the frenzy with a slew of shark meat promotions.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Book News: Petitions, Orwell And The Amazon-Hachette Fight

A quote from George Orwell escalates the dispute between online retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Business
4:09 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Amazon Blocks Pre-Orders Of Some Disney Movies

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 6:04 am

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Asia
3:26 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Autobot$ Rule: Why Transformers 4 Is China's Box Office Champ

People gather in front of a giant figure of Optimus Prime displayed along the Hong Kong harbor for the world premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction on June 19.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 9:32 am

This summer, Age of Extinction, the fourth installment in the Transformers series, demolished box office records in China, the world's second-largest film market behind the U.S.

Although the movie got poor reviews on both sides of the Pacific, it managed to unseat China's former top-grossing film, Avatar, and haul in more than $300 million. People like Wang Yitao, a 32-year-old Shanghai government worker, are a big reason why.

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Planet Money
3:13 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Detroit Struggles To Get People Who Bailed On Water Bills To Pay

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 6:04 am

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3:07 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Items Up For Sale At Unclaimed Baggage Center Reflect Trends

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 6:04 am

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