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5:03 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

For Richer And For Poorer, But What Of That Vanishing Middle?

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, takes a look at growing income disparity in Inequality for All.
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The U.S. financial sector's 2007-2008 swoon hurt a lot of people, but it's been a bonanza for documentary filmmakers with an interest in economics. The last five years have seen dozens of movies about the dismal science, most of them pegged to the Great Recession.

The latest is Inequality for All, a showcase for former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich. (He served under Bill Clinton, who borrowed much of his fellow Rhodes scholar's rhetoric, if fewer of his prescriptions.)

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Theater
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars

In a Broadway transfer of the American Repertory Theatre's acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie, Cherry Jones plays Amanda, mother to the very troubled Laura (Celia Keenan-Bolger). The play cemented Tennessee Williams' reputation as an American original when it premiered in 1945.
Michael J. Lutch

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

Pop-culture aficionadoes will know Zachary Quinto as Spock in the cinematic reboot of Star Trek, and Cherry Jones as President Taylor from television's 24.

But both are accomplished stage actors as well. And tonight, they're opening on Broadway, in a revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie.

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NPR Story
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Civil Rights Crusader Evelyn Lowery Dies At Age 88

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

One of the country's notable civil rights activists has died. Evelyn Lowery was at the front of the line marching from Selma to Montgomery. And her activism did not end in the 1960s. It defined her entire life. Here's Lisa George of member station WABE with a remembrance.

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NPR Story
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Drought Forces New Mexico Ranchers to Better Manage the Land

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

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NPR Story
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly

Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of "Ethio-jazz." His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, is a multinational collaboration that mixes many styles but stays true to Astatke's Ethiopian roots.
Alexis Maryon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

It is bold indeed for any jazz artist to evoke Miles Davis' landmark album Sketches of Spain. But Mulatu Astatke, like Miles, is a true original.

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Shots - Health News
4:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator

No envelope backs required for this health care calculation.
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Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:13 pm

On Tuesday, if all goes according to plan, the federal health law's marketplaces for individual health insurance are scheduled to open for business.

Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, or else they'll be liable for a tax penalty.

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World Cafe
4:13 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge and his band, the South City Three.
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Pokey LaFarge transports listeners to a bygone era on Thursday's installment of World Cafe. Along with his band, LaFarge has turned his modern reverence for roots music into a full-time gig. The perceptible influences in his work range from bluegrass to Western swing to country blues. Whether you call it old-fashioned, dated or throwback, the Missouri-bred musician embraces it fully; he even dresses the part.

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The Two-Way
3:53 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

What's Lurking In Your Lake? Sonar Turns Up Startling Finds

Capt. Paul Carey of the Maryland Natural Resources police shows a side-scan sonar being used in a search on the Chesapeake Bay in 2006. In recent years, the cost of such equipment has come down, allowing more local law enforcement departments to purchase it.
Chris Gardener AP

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 11:09 am

(This post was updated at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27.)

There's been a number of stories lately about astonishing discoveries by law enforcement using side-scan sonar.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig To Retire After Next Season

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in 2011.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:53 pm

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will retire after the 2014 season, Major League Baseball said on Thursday.

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All Songs Considered
3:34 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Good Listener: Does Using Spotify Make You A Bad Person?

Will listening to music streaming services land you here in the afterlife?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the online pharmacy's monthly supply of the pills that allow us to trudge productively through this waking life is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, an ethical query about online streaming services.

Andrea Sauceda writes via Facebook: "Does using Spotify (and/or other streaming services) make you a bad person?"

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Are Chefs On Competitive Diets Good Public Health Messengers?

Chef Mike Isabella, who owns three restaurants in Washington, D.C., came up with the Fit for Hope weight loss challenge for his peers in the restaurant industry.
Donald Bowers Getty Images Entertainment

Let's face it: In the popular imagination, the stereotypical chef has a large gut protruding from under his white double-breasted coat. And that stereotype is often accurate — by some estimates, 70 percent of chefs in the U.S. are overweight. Weight gain seems to be par for the course when you're spending your day tasting food and your late nights unwinding after a stressful dinner service.

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This Is NPR
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

It's Easy Bee-in' Green

Beekeeper Jeff Miller checks the hives on NPR's green roof.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 10:54 am

Shortly after NPR's busy staff moved into the new headquarters building at 1111 North Capitol Street, another, equally busy team, got settled on the roof. While they don't benefit from the space's state-of-the-art studio equipment and collaborative working spaces, they do appreciate the sunshine and sugar syrup. Frankly, they find the whole arrangement pretty sweet.

That's because they're honeybees.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Japan-Based Firms Will Plead Guilty To Price-Fixing Auto Parts

Nine Japan-based firms and two of its executives have agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of 30 products sold to U.S. car manufacturers, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

The companies and executives have also agreed to pay more than $740 million in criminal fines for their role in the scheme.

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Parallels
2:44 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Even As It Criticizes The U.N., The U.S. Relies On It, Too

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks at the United Nations on Tuesday. The U.S. and Iran are taking part in talks Thursday, looking for a possible breakthrough after years of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:56 am

The United Nations has never been a model of efficiency. Critics denounce it as a pointless talking shop. President Obama and his U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, have expressed reservations, if not outright frustration, with the world body.

Yet as the U.N. General Assembly holds its annual session, the U.S. has gone to the U.N. to address its two most pressing diplomatic challenges — Syria and Iran.

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The Salt
1:21 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Why Can't Fish Oil Supplements Keep Our Brains Sharp?

If you eat fish, rather than take a fish-oil supplement, is there more likely to be a benefit? There's more than a suggestion that this is indeed the case.
Verena J Matthew iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 2:22 pm

Lots of people think of fish as brain food. And there's good reason.

Many kinds of fish — think salmon, sardines, tuna — contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a class of polyunsaturated fat, which have been shown to fight inflammation and improve the function of our neurons.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

eBay To Acquire Payment Processor Braintree For $800 Million

An illustration of online payment service PayPal at LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis, France.
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Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:51 pm

Auction site eBay, which owns PayPal, is buying the online and mobile payment company Braintree for $800 million — an acquisition that eBay's CEO calls "a perfect fit."

The deal, announced Thursday, could help eBay as it tries to convince customers to ditch their credit and debit cards and use PayPal instead.

"Braintree is a perfect fit with PayPal," eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

For Sale: 1925 Rolls-Royce, Elephant Gun Included

This 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Maharaja comes with its own big game guns. It goes up for sale on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Barrett-Jackson Auction Co.

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:31 pm

If you've got a spare $500,000 lying around, or just love rare cars, this news is for you:

A 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Maharaja "tiger car," complete with an elephant gun attached to the rear bumper and a hand-cranked machine gun on a trailer, is up for auction Saturday in Las Vegas.

It's part of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company's annual three-day sale in Sin City, which kicked off Thursday.

According to Barrett-Jackson:

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Planet Money
12:42 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Key To Power At The Federal Reserve? Running The Meetings

Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 12:12 pm

I am asking this sincerely: Why does it matter who the next Fed chairman will be? What difference does it make if Larry Summers or Janet Yellen or someone else heads the central bank?

More to the point: What does the Fed chairman do? What kind of power does he or she actually have?

To find out, I called Joe Gagnon, an economist who worked at the Fed for nearly 20 years and who now works at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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Shots - Health News
12:39 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

For A Price, Volunteers Endure Scientists' Flu Spritzes

How much would a scientist have to pay you to get sick with the flu?
F.T. Werner iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:01 pm

What would it take to persuade you to allow government researchers to squirt millions of live flu viruses up your nose?

A recently concluded project at the National Institutes of Health found, among other things, that $3,400 each was enough to attract plenty of volunteers.

"I am happy I could contribute in some way," says Kelli Beyer, 24, one of 46 healthy people who volunteered for the project. To get the money, the research subjects had to commit to several days of testing, then nine days in a hospital isolation ward once the virus was administered in a nasal spray.

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World
12:17 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Gbagbo Daughter: 'My Parents Have Been Fighting For Democracy'

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:17 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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