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We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:29

Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.

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MayDay PAC: The end of the Super PAC era?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:17

Money plays a crucial role during the political campaign season. The amount of money backing your campaign could mean a win or loss in a seat in Congress. And when Super PACs were deemed legal by the Supreme Court in 2010, the game changed.

Before Super PACs were "super", a PAC was limited to spending no more than $2,500, with corporations and unions strictly forbidden from making donations. Now corporations and unions are allowed to make donations and the limit to spending? Well there is none.

Fair or not, this is one issue that is set in stone... or at least was. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, wants to take down these Super PACs... by creating one of his own. This past weekend, the MayDay PAC reached its fund raising goal of $5 million. Lessig plans to start the anti-Super PAC campaign for this year's House of Representative election.

"We want to win five seats so we can convince the people of Washington that this issue really matters to voters so that we can build the campaign we have to have for 2016 that will win a Congress that is committed to changing the way that elections are funded."

This goal isn't an easy feat. The elections take place in a few months and the majority of people who donated are from areas that have a Democratic seat in the House, according to a map from the MayDay website. But Lessig says this issue is as important to people on the right as well as the left.

"You know, when Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor, the number two issue he talked about was that Eric Cantor had become a Crony Capitalist. So our view is this is cross partisan and we can talk about this in a way that gets people on the right and people on the left to recognize that though they don't have a common end, they have a common enemy. And the common enemy is the way we fund campaigns today."

Now that Lessig has done his part to raise money for the MayDay PAC, he'll hand it over to the campaign shops "that are experts at winning campaigns" and wait until November to see if it was all worth it. 

More Than 50 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Holiday Weekend

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:15

The Chicago Tribune called it "the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year." The number of shootings in the city has risen since last year even as the homicide rate has fallen.

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Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

In his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis asked forgiveness on behalf of the church.

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In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Following the deaths of three Israeli teens and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian, Jerusalem is as tense as it has been in years. NPR's Ari Shapiro and his translator found themselves victims of rock-throwing there. Their story offers a window into a city on edge.

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In Brazil, Pacification Paves Way For Baby Steps To Democracy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Brazil's ambitious effort to drive crime out of Rio de Janeiro's violent, low-income favelas ahead of the World Cup has had a mixed record. One positive effect: giving residents a say in local issues.

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The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

A bloody Fourth of July weekend left 60 people shot in Chicago, nine of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon. Many of the weekend's shootings occurred in the city's South Side neighborhoods.

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News Of Israeli Arrests Met With Both Resentment And Reflection

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

For details on how news of recent killings has been received in Israel, Robert Siegel turns to Ari Shavit, senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Today, digital maps are a big business, and Google has become nearly everyone's go-to cartographer. But there are challengers out there — and you might be surprised by some of the competition.

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Your Wallet: What would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:06

We're asking listeners about what they could tell their 18-year-old selves about money if they had the opportunity to:


New question for next week's @MarketplaceWknd: what would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?

— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) July 3, 2014


Here's a few of your responses:

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Don't sell that Apple stock you bought for $36.

— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) July 3, 2014


@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd loans are not evil. That 2nd job will burn u out. Drink at home. Stop wearing nautical-themed polos.

— Trevtor (@Trevtor) July 3, 2014


@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd consider a life of crime

— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) July 4, 2014

So what would you tell yourself if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments!

Your job in 5 words

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:07

We asked President Barack Obama to describe his job in five words or less. He couldn't do it. But our listeners could. 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Oakley", "Prashant Mandare", "Jack Hunt", "Tricia Moore", "Paul Bourque", "Lawrence Daniel Caswell", "Peter Piper", "Kyle Fletcher Baker", "Corinne Cooper", "Elizabeth Platt Hamblin"]; var link_2 = ["", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", ""]; var sentence; var first_number; var second_number; var part_one; var part_two; /* HAPPY */ function happy() { first_number = random_choice(my_job_1); second_number = random_choice(my_job_2); part_one = my_job_1[first_number]; part_two = my_job_2[second_number]; generate(); } /* Functions */ function random_choice(myArray) { return Math.floor(Math.random() * myArray.length); } function generate() { sentence = part_one + " " + part_two; document.getElementById("part-one").innerHTML = part_one; document.getElementById("part-two").innerHTML = part_two; document.getElementById("first-handle").innerHTML = handle_1[first_number]; document.getElementById("first-handle").href = link_1[first_number]; document.getElementById("quote-link-1").href = link_1[first_number]; document.getElementById("second-handle").innerHTML = handle_2[second_number]; document.getElementById("second-handle").href = link_2[second_number]; document.getElementById("quote-link-2").href = link_2[second_number]; document.getElementById("sxsw-social").style.display = 'block'; document.getElementById("reveal").style.display = 'block'; document.getElementById("sxsw-twitter-anchor").href = "" + encodeURIComponent(sentence); }

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Asian-American Leadership Programs Tackle The 'Bamboo Ceiling'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 10:23

The programs aim to address a lack of Asian-American representation among top executives by highlighting the cultural tendencies of American workplaces.

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Australia Says It Returned 41 Asylum Seekers To Sri Lanka

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:52

The transfer at sea was condemned because those returned could face persecution. Australia's High Court granted an interim injunction to block the return of 153 other asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.

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Meeting Abuse Victims, Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:30

The pope holds his first official meetings with victims of sexual abuse, saying that the priests who hurt them behaved like "a sacrilegious cult."

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Pistorius Trial: Will Judge Buy His 'Tragic Accident' Defense?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:27

The defense is preparing to wrap in South African track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Host Michel Martin learns more about the trial that's captured the nation from reporter Barry Bateman.

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In California Town, Protests Shed Light On National Immigration Debate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:15

Residents of Murrieta, California blocked buses of undocumented immigrants, forcing them to go to another town. Host Michel Martin learns more about the protests and the influx of immigrants.

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With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not the Egg's

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:45

For a long while doctors thought that an egg's age relative to others explained why older women are more likely to produce eggs with genetic abnormalities. But a study finds that's not really true.

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Putting online testing to the test

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:38

Forget paper and pencils, and filling in all those little dots.  

Kids are increasingly being asked to take standardized tests on computers .

And those who aren’t, soon will be.

There’s a big push to  get kids online at school, so they will be ready when testing begins on the Common Core standards, which will be implemented in many states over the coming months.

Not all schools are prepared. In some districts, there is a computer for every child - and the bandwidth needed for the tests. 

Other places aren’t close.

A recent survey of K-12 educators, found that 60 percent don’t feel well prepared to administer online tests.

When things are in order, however, kids will probably be fine.

There’s a general sense among educators that kids are way more comfortable online than most of us grownups will ever be… so they have that going for them.

There is one small thing to be concerned about: making sure kids can use a keyboard.  Keyboarding classes are becoming routine in elementary schools.

Schools that don’t get up to speed in time to offer tests online, will still be able to use papers and pencils for the next few years.  

For more about online testing, listen to my conversation with Ben  Johnson, host of Marketplace Tech, by clicking on the audio above. 

Early Afghan Vote Count Gives Ex-Finance Minister The Lead

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:32

The result is unlikely to quell claims from Ashraf Ghani's rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that the election was fraudulent. Abdullah easily won the first round of voting, but now trails by a million votes.

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