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In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 10:49

Diets will rarely lead to significant or sustainable weight loss, Traci Mann argues in a new book. Instead, she suggests trying proven mental strategies for reaching your "leanest, livable weight."

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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 10:31

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.

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Joe Biden's Advice On Compassion And Family, In His Own Words

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 09:36

"It's not all that difficult, folks, to be compassionate when you've been the beneficiary of compassion in your lowest moments," Biden told Yale graduates in May.

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'Call Me Caitlyn': Bruce Jenner Reveals New Name

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 09:00

Today's revelation came in Vanity Fair. The former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete had revealed recently that "for all intents and purposes" he is a woman.

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Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 07:55

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "Look Policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

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S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Battle For Republican Nomination

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 07:21

Graham, known as a defense hawk, enters the race as a distinct underdog, but an entertaining one.

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Supreme Court Tosses Out Man's Conviction For Making Threats On Facebook

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 07:04

The messages Anthony Elonis posted to Facebook prompted his now ex-wife to get a state protection order against him, and led his bosses to fire him.

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Poet And Radio Host Al Letson's Manifesto On Diversity In Public Media

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 07:03

The host of the award-winning programs State of the Re:Union and Reveal shares his ideas about making public radio sound more like America.

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Training Doctors To Talk About Vaccines Fails To Sway Parents

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 06:58

An effort to get doctors to improve their communication skills didn't reduce the number of new mothers hesitant about vaccines. But researchers say this is just a first try at a worthy concept.

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'The Onion' Strikes Again: Indicted Ex-FIFA Exec Quotes Satirical Article

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 06:53

Jack Warner's defense was presumably unintentional. He was one of 14 FIFA executives indicted by the U.S. last week on corruption charges.

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Silicon Valley Recycling Firm Seeks Mystery Apple I Donor

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 06:19

The woman donated the computer last month, and it sold for $200,000. The company wants to give her half that sum. The computer, of which about 200 were made in 1976, is prized by collectors.

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Woman Turns 100 Without Any Family, But With Thousands Of Good Wishes

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 06:10

When word got out that England's Winnie Blagden would turn 100 Sunday and had no living relatives, thousands of people sent cards and gifts.

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A Rare, Spontaneous Democracy Debate In A Shanghai Taxi

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 06:04

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been driving around Shanghai offering free rides to learn about real life in China. But he was recently a taxi passenger when something unusual happened.

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Climate Change Meeting To Focus On Ensuring Countries Keep Commitments

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 05:08

The meeting in Bonn, Germany, comes a day after European energy companies urged countries to adopt a pricing system for carbon emissions.

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Murder Charges In Bangladesh Over 2013 Garment Factory Collapse

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 03:48

More than 40 people were charged in connection with the collapse of the Rana Plaza that killed 1,137 people.

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After A Week Of Flooding, Sunshine Forecast For Much Of Texas

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 03:10

The rains gave the state its wettest May in history. Last week's flooding killed at least 25 people.

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PODCAST: Researchers take an uber

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-01 03:00

First up, we'll talk about where all those disappearing Carnegie Mellon professors went. Hint: they took Uber. Plus, the spectrum auction does not happen until 2016, but there's already a lot of interest in what's for sale. The reason? The spectrum that's for sale is primo. And T-Mobile wants a big piece of it. 

California farmer is 'minimizing the hurt'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-01 02:43

Farmers in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta hold some of the most secure water rights in the state. But as the drought deepens, even those privileged “riparian rights” holders might have to sacrifice their water.

That's why many of them have agreed to slash their water use 25 percent in exchange for a promise they won’t face harsher mandatory cuts this growing season. Farmers say they’ll do that by fallowing fields, shifting to less thirsty crops and using less water to irrigate low-profit crops.

“It’s about minimizing the hurt,” farmer Rudy Mussi says.

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Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-01 02:33

A central misunderstanding, Greg Toppo writes, is that game-based learning is somehow "easier." Often, he says, it's hard work, but students love the challenge.

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T-mobile wants more beachfront spectrum

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-01 02:00

The Federal Communications Commission is going to auction off more of the airwaves next year, to wireless companies. All the phone companies want more spectrum, as we use more of those airwaves to stream stuff.  

And the spectrum the FCC is auctioning off is primo.

“Yeah, this is beachfront,” says Kathleen O’Brien Ham, T-Mobile’s Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs.

This beachfront property? It’s super spectrum, which can cover long distances and travel through buildings in a single bound. T-Mobile wants to expand its reach and compete more.  

“That competition is giving consumers great choice, great pricing,” says O'Brien Ham.

T-Mobile wants the FCC to set aside half the spectrum to be auctioned off - so only smaller companies can bid on it. But the FCC may not go for that, because it has to strike a balance.

“Between trying to promote competition versus generating ample competitive bidding revenues from the auction," says Robert Frieden, a professor of telecommunications and law at Penn State University.

Neil Grace, a spokesperson for the FCC,  says the spectrum speculation is premature.  “No decisions have been made.”