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3:22 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

The density of fast-food joints where we live, work and commute could be a problem for our waistlines.
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Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:16 pm

When it comes to avoiding unhealthy food, it might be that out of sight means out of mind.

The more fast-food joints people encounter around their homes and workplaces, the likelier they are to be obese, according to a study published Thursday.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that the people who are most exposed to fast food were almost twice as likely to be obese as those who were least exposed.

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3:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Sabiduría: This is What Democracy Sounds Like

For this week's take on Sabiduria, or words of wisdom, host Maria Hinojosa addresses the live audience about what democracy looks and sounds like.

NPR Story
3:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

What's That, Buzz?

Buzz Moran does foley work for films and sound design for live shows. Maria Hinojosa talks to Moran about the film scene in Austin while trying to guess the sounds he makes using everyday objects.

NPR Story
3:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

DJ Orion: Spanning Cultures, Genres, and Technology

DJ Orion is half Colombian, half Puerto Rican. He talks about his multicultural musical influences, how technology empowers his art, and to shows host Maria Hinojosa how to spin.

NPR Story
3:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Mincho: BBQ, Radio, and Latino USA History

By day Mincho Jacob runs the very popular Franklin Barbecue. By night he plays with his band, Como las Movies. But before all of that, he was a producer on Latino USA.

NPR Story
3:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Latin@s in Tech: Glass Half-Full?

It can be hard for Latinos to break into the tech field. Writer Sara Inés Calderón and DIY girls founder Luz Rivas explain why being a Latino is actually an asset in the world of tech.

NPR Story
3:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Little Late, Lotto Trouble

Tejana sisters Ana Maria Garcia and Amparo Garcia-Crow team up to tell one story in two languages: English and Spanish. It's the story of having the police chase you to your dream job.

Code Switch
3:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Got Bulgogi? The (Maybe True) Story Behind A 'New York Times' Ad

This ad was published in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Via The New York Times

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:25 pm

Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? All are standard questions, but: "Bulgogi?"

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World Cafe
3:14 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Bright Light Social Hour On World Cafe

Bright Lights Social Hour.
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Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:10 pm

The members of The Bright Light Social Hour landed in Austin in 2006 and soon after got a reputation for what has been described as shows "melding fists-up rock and roll with muscular funk, soul, and psychedelia." Their first album won the band an unprecedented six Austin Music Awards in 2011 including "Band of The Year." Bright Light are working toward releasing their second full length album later this year. We are happy to present this set recorded at KUTX breakfast showcase at the Four Seasons just yesterday at SXSW as part of our Sense of Place visit to Austin.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Wye Oak On World Cafe

Wye Oak.
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Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 9:56 am

For our Sense of Place: Austin we are excited to bring you the Baltimore duo Wye Oak from the Four Seasons in Austin. Next month, the band's Andrew Stack and Jenn Wasner are releasing Shriek, the follow-up to their very well received 2011 album Civilian. The two albums are startlingly different. Wesner plays no guitar on the new one and instead, as we will hear today, concentrates on the bass. The songs written on bass are very different as well — it's the reinvention of Wye Oak.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

PHOX On World Cafe

PHOX.
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Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:16 pm

Our guests today are PHOX in the SXSW portion of our Sense of Place visit to Austin. The band members have done an amazing job of describing themselves on Facebook: "PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet Baraboo, Wisc., a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python." Their debut is coming on Partisan Records in June.

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Kins On World Cafe

Kins.
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Our guests on the SXSW portion of our Sense of Place visit to Austin are the members of Kins. They're a band that seems to like the southern coast of whatever landmass they're on — originally from Melbourne, Australia, their home base is now Brighton, England.

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NPR Story
2:18 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Read A Novel In 90 Minutes? Spritz Explained

Screenshot of the Spritz homepage.

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:16 pm

Boston-based tech startup Spritz recently released a new speed-reading technology that will soon become embedded in the many websites, apps and other wearable devices increasingly common to daily communication.

By showing users just one word at a time, the program establishes an “optimal recognition point” designed to speed reading rates anywhere from 100 to 1,000 words per minute. But does it really work? Some experts claim that good old-fashioned “skimming” is still the key to quick comprehension of texts.

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2:18 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

It's Time For March Madness

The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship on April 8, 2013. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:16 pm

Selection Sunday is coming up. That’s when the teams for this year’s men’s NCAA college basketball tournament will be announced. So get your brackets ready because Here & Now’s Robin Young will be getting some advice from college basketball analyst Seth Davis on the teams to watch this year.

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2:17 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Cities And Countries Pitch Themselves At SXSW

Cities and countries are pitching themselves at SXSW as places for tourism and economic development. (Michael Samm)

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:16 pm

South by Southwest continues today in Austin, Tex., following yesterday’s tragic hit and run that left two people dead and 23 injured — and left many wondering if the festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the world has become too big and unruly.

As the festival continues to expand, cities and countries have been sending representatives to tout their homegrown musical artists — and do a little self-promotion — with the goal of attracting new business.

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2:17 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Companies Join Efforts To End Childhood Obesity

Birds Eye frozen vegetables executives Michael Barkley, Mark Schiller, Kristopher Corbin and Chef Michael Christensen race on veggie bikes at the PHA Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington D.C., Mar. 13, 2014. (Johnny Bivera/Feature Photo Service for Bird's Eye)

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:16 pm

First Lady Michelle Obama is giving the keynote speech today at the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C.

The summit, hosted by the Partnership for a Healthier America, is one of the premiere gatherings of leaders working to end childhood obesity. Several companies have announced new programs and marketing schemes during the two-day event that aim to getting youth to eat better.

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Parallels
2:03 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English

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Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 6:33 pm

It seems hardly a sentence is spoken in Berlin that doesn't have an American English word in it.

One word that especially grates — and I confess to a certain bias, having learned German as a toddler when it wasn't so Americanized — is a word pronounced "sogh-ee." Or, as Americans say it, "sorry."

"Sogh-ee" your package is late.

"Sogh-ee" your hot water is off.

"Sogh-ee" we can't help you.

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1:57 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

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From Scratch
1:22 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

David Kelley, Co-Founder Of IDEO

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 4:11 pm

Host Jessica Harris speaks with David Kelley, co-founder of the global design firm IDEO. The company helped create products like Apple's first computer mouse.

Harris also speaks with Opower co-founder Dan Yates.

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NPR Story
1:02 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Boombox Blowout

Fritz Mueller's jock roommate is driving him up the wall. But this roommate is messing with the wrong nerd...

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