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School lunch's food fight

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:00

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing Wednesday on the reauthorization of the 2010 "Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act".

Proponents say the nutritional requirements in the law help address America's epidemic of childhood obesity. The School Nutrition Association supports the reauthorization of the act, but it opposes the full implementation of the nutritional rules. 

The SNA says the requirements, such as a gradual lowering of sodium levels and a mandate to increase whole grain content, turn students off of healthy food options. Research from the University of Connecticut came to the opposite conclusion.

The SNA has come under attack for its ties to food and beverage conglomerates, whose products could be pushed out of lunch rooms if the sodium rules were to go into full effect.

I'm a Barbie girl, in an Instagram world

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 01:00
7 percent

That's China's latest growth rate. The numbers cover January to March, and annualized it's down from previous growth rates. While that's magnificent by U.S. standards, it's a lackluster figure for China, which has to keep creating jobs for people pulled into the economy from the hinterlands.

700,000 followers

That's how many followers (and counting) Barbie (yes, the doll) has on Instagram. @BarbieStyle is meticulously managed by vice president of design Kim Culmone, director of design Robert Best, and the main creative thinker for the account Zlatan Zukanovic. Modeled after popular style blog Instagram accounts, Barbie's photos include selfies, closeups of accessories, and outfit of the day shots. Racked has the origin story of what it's like to photograph a Barbie girl living in a Barbie world.

2.9 billion miles

That's about how many miles NASA's New Horizons probe has traveled thus far on its journey to Pluto. When it does reach the dwarf planet in July, it will be the first time a spacecraft will have visited. In the meantime, VOX has the first color photos sent back from the probe.

225th

This month marks the 225th anniversary of the Patent Act, celebrated by the patents and trademarks industry nationwide. In honor of this landmark, Marketplace Morning Report talked with Michelle Lee, newly confirmed director of the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. The former Google attorney prefers the term "abusive litigation" to instead of "patent trolls." She also talked about how women in STEM field can encourage innovation for companies and society. 

11:59:59PM

This is your income tax deadline today...unless you filed for an extension. Turns out, it's a popular course of action. Listen to our resident explainer Paddy Hirsh on why we have a nation of procrastinators here in the U.S. 

25 percent

That's the percentage of part-time college faculty that receive public assistance. And as Slate points out, that's a lot of highly educated individuals—most hold Ph.D degrees and Master's degrees—needing help to provide for themselves and their families.

A Decade After Blowing The Whistle On The FBI, Vindication

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 00:03

After Robert Kobus alerted his bosses at the FBI to improper payroll practices, he was transferred to an office where he sat alone. He says the agency isolated and retaliated against him.

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The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:42

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.

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Radio Connects North Dakota Residents Divided On Gay Rights

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:41

Radio is king in North Dakota. Morning Edition talks to a liberal radio host, and a conservative small business owner who listens to him — though he doesn't always like what he hears.

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Bombing Survivors Face A World That Still Feels Out Of Control

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:40

Martha and Alvaro Galvis were wounded in 2013's bombing of the Boston Marathon. One of the hardest things to deal with, they say, is the feeling that something random and scary could happen again.

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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:35

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, simply based on when their land was first irrigated.

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Historian: John Wilkes Booth Not A Deranged Lone Madman

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:34

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, historian Terry Alford explores John Wilkes Booth's life and how the assassination affected his family.

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The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:34

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country weighs the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

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From Horses To High Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 23:33

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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Congress Approves Longer-Term Fix For Medicare Reimbursements

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 20:41

Eight senators, all Republicans, voted against the bill because funding has not been fully allocated for its $214 billion cost. President Obama says he will sign it.

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SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 14:37

The Dragon spacecraft heads to the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission. What wasn't routine was the attempt to land the spent rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Iraqi Leader Visits Washington Looking For Help In Fight Against Islamic State

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 14:09

Iraq's prime minister is trying to drum up military support against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which controls parts of his country. He is also looking for billions of dollars in loans.

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Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Al-Qaida Leader In Yemen

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 13:53

Ibrahim al-Rubaish was a prominent al-Qaida cleric who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2006. He had a $5 million bounty on his head.

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 13:38

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 13:26

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 12:51

Sometimes the women aren't allowed to leave their homes. Some commit suicide. Many have little recourse, advocates say, because current laws are ill-equipped to address this hidden crisis.

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Advocates Fight to Keep Sheltered Workshops For Disabled Workers

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 12:21

Such workshops are being closed across the U.S., more than 15 years after the Supreme Court said separate work settings constitute discrimination. But advocates say clients have nowhere else to go.

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No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 11:43

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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White House Says It Will Remove Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 11:41

The move is just one part of the Obama administration's push to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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