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Obama: Camden, N.J. Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 12:26

"Wherever you walk around, there goes a cop," says one resident, who is happy with the changes in the city. But some critics still see evidence of old-school police tactics that they say don't work.

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How elite students get elite jobs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 12:08

When we think about the debate over inequality in this country, a central piece of American mythology comes to mind: anyone who works hard, regardless of social status, can get ahead.

But it's not that simple, and people from exclusive or affluent backgrounds often land the most prestigious jobs.

Lauren A. Rivera, an associate professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, has been looking at investment banks, consulting firms and law firms for the last decade for her upcoming book "Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs."

Rivera spent nine months as an ethnographer in one of these top firms, observing every aspect of the hiring process. She points out the firms may be missing out on top talent.

"If you want the best and the brightest regardless of social background, if you're not systematically looking at over half the best and brightest because they don't qualify in terms of social background, that is not necessarily an equitable or open process," she says.

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 11:41

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

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Thai Authorities Arrest Protesters On Anniversary Of 2014 Coup

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 11:39

At least 13 people were arrested in the capital, Bangkok, and seven others in the country's northeast after they staged protests against Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's rule.

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Vista Theatre is a one-screen wonder

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 11:08

There aren’t a whole lot of 92-year-old theaters left in the country. For the Vista Theatre in Hollywood, success means walking a fine line: adapt to the changing times while holding on to the motif from days gone by. With just one screen, there’s not a lot of room for error.

“You can’t make a lot of mistakes here,” owner Lance Alspaugh says. “You can’t book the wrong movie, or you’re gonna be slow for a week or two. It’s very important to always be right.“

If always picking a hit isn’t hard enough, Vista’s success is closely tied to the quality of the movies Hollywood puts out.

“[With] all of the technology, there are so many opportunities for people to not go here,” Alspaugh says. “It’s gotta be something unique that’s attractive to the audience, so they can’t wait to see it.” With its 50-foot screen and Dolby speakers, visually impressive movies tend to fare the best.

So, how’s business? Alspaugh says things could always be better, but there are frequent surprises: the theater’s recent screening of "Mad Max" was so wildly successful, they decided to keep it for an extra week, pushing back Disney’s "Tomorrowland."

Video credits: Produced by Preditorial Director and Editor: Rick Kent Cinematographer: Anton Seim

Father John Misty, song and dance man

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:43

Musicians play a lot of shows and festivals, and these festival gigs often come with contracts.

One common contract is called a "radius clause." A radius clause, in essence, gives the promoter a form of territorial exclusivity, making sure that the performer does not book concerts with competing promoters and venues in nearby areas, which can undermine ticket sales for their main event.

Father John Misty, also known as Josh Tillman, is the former drummer for Fleet Foxes. Tillman has toured on most major festival circuits and knows these clauses well.

"I ended up having to play a way smaller, basically unprofitable album release show because of a radius clause," he says.

"I Love You, Honeybear," his second full-length solo release since leaving Fleet Foxes in 2012, is out Feb. 10 on Sub Pop Records.

ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:32

The bombing of a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people. The claim of responsibility is a first for the extremist group involving an attack inside the kingdom.

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Your Wallet: The first thing you ever bought

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:26

On the next episode of Marketplace Weekend, we're looking at your money across the years.

We want to know: what's the first thing you ever saved up to buy?

Send us your memories of your first purchases, and how much they cost. 

Write to us here, visit the Marketplace Facebook page, or tweet us, we're @MarketplaceWKND

The art of keeping — or spoiling — a TV secret

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:11

We've all been there: you fall behind on a TV show, or you're late to catch on to a new streaming series. Someone mentions a plot twist, a character death... maybe you just checked Twitter in the three hours between the time a finale airs on the east and west coasts. Suddenly, it's ruined. Your experience has been spoiled.

In a time of media overload, it's hard to avoid spoilers. It can be equally hard to avoid spoiling things for someone else. It's enough of a cultural phenomenon that there are apps and plug-ins created to help people avoid leaks. Google even has a patent for a spoiler prevention tool.

But spoilers aren't always an accident. People are searching for them. According to Google Trends, searches for "Mad Men" spoilers spike every season:

The same holds true for long running shows, like "The Bachelor":

So maybe we don't hate spoilers as much as we claim? Researchers at the University of California San Diego found that people actually like spoilers — they ask people to read short summaries of stories and then read the real thing, and the results showed greater enjoyment of a story when one already knows the ending.

Still, networks and production companies guard secrets and spoilers about their shows ferociously. The secrecy surrounding the scripts for shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men is notorious, and in the world of reality television, the effort is even more acute.

No one demonstrates this more clearly than Kris Jenner, who has proven herself to be an incredibly adept manager of her family members' personal lives and connection to the media. as Bruce Jenner began transitioning to live as a woman, the Jenner/Kardashian family focused on preserving every possible exclusive story: Bruce's exclusive ABC interview with Diane Sawyer contained almost no Kardashian commentary — they were saving it for their own special episodes about Bruce to air on E!. And the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" episodes related to Bruce's transition don't give away many details about the future — that'll be exclusive to Bruce's upcoming documentary.

ABC and other reality shows use the same anti-spoiler tactics employed by the Kardashians to keep the winners of shows like "The Bachelo" a secret, even as bloggers and fans scan social media and tabloids for clues as to what happened in shows that taped months earlier.

While the economic impact of spoilers on scripted or reality shows isn't quite clear — do people end up not watching? do spoilers actually generate more publicity? — it is clear that there's still a premium on preserving the exclusive, for both producers and consumers of content.

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:32

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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State Department To Release Clinton Emails Today

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:04

The department said it will release the first batch of 296 emails from the former secretary of state's email accounts, which were provided to the Select Committee on Benghazi in February.

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A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:03

It's fairly light, costs $35 per student and could save lives in earthquake zones. But not everyone thinks this quake-proof desk is a good idea.

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Your Roommate In The Nursing Home Might Be A Bedbug

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 07:14

If you're in a medical facility, bedbugs should not be on your worry list. But infestations of the bloodsucking insects in nursing homes and hospitals are on the rise.

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 06:46

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

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2 Biker Rallies: One White, One Black — One 'Badass,' The Other, Just 'Bad'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 05:48

A pair of motorcycle rallies in Myrtle Beach, S.C. — one black, one white — tell us a lot about who gets the benefit of the doubt when it comes to biker culture.

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A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 05:34

No one ever said marriage was easy, but in Lebanon, it's even harder: The country has 15 sets of matrimonial laws for 18 different religions and sects. Activists want the right to civil marriages.

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A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 05:33

No one ever said marriage was easy, but in Lebanon, it's even harder: The country has 15 sets of matrimonial laws for 18 different religions and sects. Activists want the right to civil marriages.

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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months Before Cause Of Calif. Spill Found

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 05:04

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.

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Islamic State Reportedly Seizes Last Syria-Iraq Border Crossing

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 04:04

The checkpoint at al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, has been seized, according to a British-based monitoring group that says ISIS fighters now control half of Syria.

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An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 04:03

Josephine Brewington, from Indiana, is the 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year.

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