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What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:18

Jonathan Chait's essay on a pervasive dangerous online culture of political correctness nearly broke the Internet. So does the science back him up?

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My money story: Boom and bust, at the blackjack table

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:16

Josh Axelrad used to be a professional gambler, (illegally) counting cards. Now, he's a writer and a dad. 

Once he stopped playing blackjack professionally, and started playing poker badly, he lost $50,000.

“I thought it was impossible that the 50 Gs I’d succeeded in vaporizing would ever come my way again,” he says.

This is the story of his crash, and how he was made whole again.

You can listen to Josh's crash story in the audio player above. To hear a longer version, visit The Moth.

Money Story: Crash and recovery at the blackjack table

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:16

Josh Axelrad used to be a professional gambler (a card counter), now he's a writer and dad.

He told Marketplace Weekend about what happened when he stopped playing blackjack professionally and started playing poker badly...he lost $50,000. This is the story of his crash, and how he was made whole again.

You can listen to Josh's crash story in the audio player above. To hear a longer version, visit The Moth.

Global crashes in an interconnected economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:59

People crash. So do companies. And stock markets. And, occasionally, entire countries.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, which means that when one country crashes financially, there's a genuine risk that we could end up with a regional, or even a world-wide pileup.

We wanted to find out how likely a crash of epic proportions is, so we turned Paddy Hirsch, Senior Editor and resident explainer at Marketplace. He spoke with Marketplace Weekend about the global economy. So is it really all that fragile?

Meteorologist Gary Dobbs: Living through a tornado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:40

A traumatic crash can be a very personal, deeply transformative moment, an event where life's momentum stops and your reality is changed.

How do you move forward? How does it affect the way you look at things? Gary Dobbs dealt with that first hand.

For 31 years, he worked as a meteorologist at ABC's affiliate in Huntsville Alabama.

In April of 2011, Gary had just gotten home after a long day of covering a tornado outbreak.

With storm warnings still in effect, he laid down to take a nap.

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:36

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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Quiz: Reading, writing and citizenship

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:44

A new state law requires high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate.

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Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 49 Dead

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:42

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.

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Experiments With Coordinating Medical Care Deliver Mixed Results

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:42

The medical home is intended to make health care better and safer by having primary care providers manage a patient's care. So far it's not clear if they can also save money.

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Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:22

It's not easy to build machines that control sugar as well as a human pancreas, but the technology is getting a lot better. The goal is to liberate people on insulin from constant vigilance.

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Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:58

"I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.

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Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:51

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, flying east over the Pacific Ocean, surpassed the previous record of just over 5,200 miles set in 1981 for gas-filled balloons.

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:04

Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.

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After Testing Positive For EPO, Running Star Rita Jeptoo Banned For 2 Years

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:55

Jeptoo, the three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. Last year, she was well on her way to winning the World Marathon Majors championship.

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China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:26

Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and political system.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:52

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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As Deadline Passes, The Fate Of ISIS Hostages Is Uncertain

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:30

The Sunni militants had given Jordan until sunset Thursday to release a convicted terrorist. The exchange did not happen.

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True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:08

Poverty is the backdrop to so many discussions about learning. But do we have a good way to measure it in schools?

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PODCAST: You've got mail

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 03:00

Low oil prices just sucked some life out of GDP. More on that. Plus, with gas prices nearing $2 a gallon, mass transit authorities are worried about ridership dropping. But gas might not be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing bus or train. And a new postmaster general takes over the U.S.P.S. We look at the challenges ahead of her.

South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 02:56

The country's justice minister said he was ordering the release of Eugene de Kock in the interest of "nation-building and reconciliation." De Kock had been in jail for more than 20 years.

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