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Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 03:34

Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.

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How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 03:34

Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.

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From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 03:34

Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.

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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 03:03

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.

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WATCH: The Boy Who Danced In The Face Of Ebola

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 02:03

A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he's really good.

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Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 01:12

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

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With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 01:11

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.

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With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-20 01:11

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.

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Turkish Hostages Held By Islamic Militants Are Released

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 23:02

Turkey's prime minister said that 49 hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.

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Our readers' worries and hopes about student data

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 20:45

We hosted a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 18, to discuss our Quantified Student reporting project, and to hear what our readers have to say about student data policy issues. Here are some selected tweets from the conversation:

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White House Briefly Evacuated After Man Jumps Fence, Makes It Inside

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 19:43

The 42-year-old got past the front doors Friday night before the Secret Service arrested him. President Obama and his family weren't home at the time.

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The economics of slow money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:14

We came across a story from Vermont Public Radio about a new digital currency called Beetcoin.

It's an electronic currency like Bitcoin, designed for farmers with small and medium-sized operations, and that got us curious about how smaller-scale farms are funded and the economics behind running a farm.

To put that in context, we headed over to Rockefeller Center in New York City, where we met up with Christopher Wayne, the technical director of Greenmarket Farmer's Market's technical assistance program. Greenmarket's oversees New York City's Farmer's Market Programs. 

While a farmer's market might seem like an oasis of natural goodness in the heart of the city, as Christopher Wayne explains, there's a lot of work with "slow money" that goes on behind the scenes to bring these markets here.

"Slow money" brings us back to Beetcoin. What exactly is slow money?

As Vermont Public Radio's Angela Evancie explains, "Slow Money is looking to establish networks where the investors in small farms and small food businesses are local, they're right there in the community … and they are the ones connected to the investors."

Click play above to hear more about Slow Money and the economics of farming.

Texas Appears To Step Back From Proposal To Sell Alcohol At Some Gun Shows

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 15:08

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission received hundreds of negative comments about the proposal. Staff of the commissioners deciding on the new regulations have advised against it.

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Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 14:03

National Republican Party officials encouraged 2014 candidates to launch positive ads targeting women. One for a House candidate from Minnesota touts an annual charity walk he does in pink heels.

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Social Media Get The Right Stuff To India's Flood Victims

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 13:48

Waters rose as high as two and three stories in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. People were trapped. They needed supplies, and #jkfloodrelief came to the rescue.

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Why SAP gobbled up Concur

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 13:46

If you travel for work, there's a good chance you've used Concur to help itemize all those minibar receipts, your taxi cab rides and cups of coffee. Well, this week software giant SAP has scooped up Concur for more than $8 billion, in one of the largest software acquisitions ever.

What would SAP want with a company that helps people track their travel expenses?

SAP has been successful selling software to help the world's biggest companies run their operations. The challenge, says Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler, is that the software industry is changing, and SAP has an obvious hole.

"They've been missing this big transition which is the move to what they call cloud services," he says.

Schadler says, historically, SAP has installed software at the office, but the new — and cheaper — way to run software is through these cloud services, where businesses pay to have the software run for them. Schadler says buying Concur is a signal to SAP's clients that its taking a giant step into the cloud.

"With the cloud, it's very easy to add customers quickly, and it's a lot easier to improve the cloud software," he says.

For all the potential, analysts are mixed on SAP's purchase. Morningstar senior analyst Rick Summer says Concur does little to meet the needs of SAP's core customers.

"Simply by going out and buying Concur, SAP can't walk in and say 'hey, we can make your inventory management system ready for the cloud tomorrow," Summer says, but he does believe for $8 billion, SAP has bought itself some time.

"The companies that have great, strong relationships with their customers can be patient and over years, and even over a decade move their customers over to that public cloud," he says.

Summer says it's difficult and expensive for SAP's customers to rip out their software and plug into the cloud with a competitor, but to remain an industry leader, the software giant must clarify its cloud picture soon.

SAP gobbles up Concur

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 13:46

If you travel for work, there's a good chance you've used Concur to help itemize all those minibar receipts, your taxi cab rides and cups of coffee. Well, this week software giant SAP has scooped up Concur for more than $8 billion, in one of the largest software acquisitions ever.

What would SAP want with a company that helps people track their travel expenses?

SAP has been successful selling software to help the world's biggest companies run their operations. The challenge, says Forrester Research analyst Ted Shadler, is that the software industry is changing, and SAP has an obvious hole.

"They've been missing this big transition which is the move to what they call cloud services," he says.

Shadler says historically SAP has installed software at the office, but the new - and cheaper - way to run software is through these cloud services, where businesses pay to have the software run for them. Shadler says buying Concur is a signal to SAP's clients that its taking a giant step into the cloud.

"With the cloud, it's very easy to add customers quickly, and it's a lot easier to improve the cloud software," he says.

For all the potential, analysts are mixed on SAP's purchase. Morningstar senior analyst Rick Summer says Concur does little to meet the needs of SAP's core customers.

"Simply by going out and buying Concur, SAP can't walk in and say 'hey, we can make your inventory management system ready for the cloud tomorrow," Summer says, but he does believe for $8 billion, SAP has bought itself some time.

"The companies that have great, strong relationships with their customers can be patient and over years, and even over a decade move their customers over to that public cloud," he says.

Summer says it's difficult and expensive for SAP's customers to rip out their software and plug into the cloud with a competitor, but to remain an industry leader, the software giant must clarify its cloud picture soon.

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn to work?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 13:46

The Suitsy is a combination between a business suit... and a onesie. It’s an idea by San Francisco designer Jesse Herzog, and it is exactly what it sounds like – a onesie that looks just like a suit, complete with fake buttons and a belt. The idea is for one to look professional enough for a workplace dress code, but feel like you’re wearing pajamas. Because you are.  

Professional dress codes have changed a lot. 

“I mean, think, over the last 20 or 30 years men came to work in suit and tie, women came in jackets and skirts,” says Marcia Ruben, chair of the Department of Management at Golden Gate University Edward S. Ageno School of Business. “Over time it’s really evolved to be much more casual. I’ve been at companies where people come to work in sweat suits.”

Traditionally, dress codes were used to separate work from home, and to separate the role from the individual person playing it, says Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “One of the things you find is a trend of trying to blur this boundary more — part of it’s a generational shift, part of it’s a cultural shift.”

This shift hasn’t come to all industries equally. 

“Lawyers still wear suits and ties,” says Ruben, and the business suit is thriving in the finance industry. “But if you go into [tech] companies at least in Silicon Valley, men wear khaki pants, starched shirts, women wear pants suits, some people in sweat suits, even jeans – it’s all over the place.”

This has to do with what each industry is trying to convey to itself and to others, says Sanchez-Burks.

“There are certain industries where society would prefer there to be less change,” he says.

Banks who want you to trust them with their money are expected to communicate stability. “They set up their establishments in places that look like they were built by the Greeks and will last forever; creative accounting is a bad thing.” The traditional, expected dress code, signals a kind of stability and trust in the institution – you don’t see bankers, you see a grand institution you can trust with your money.

Likewise for doctors and their white coats – “I would be nervous if my doctor were dressed too casually,” says Ruben. In most circumstances, experimental medicine is not a selling point, whereas the authority of modern medicine is. The dress code is a way of channeling that broader identity, emphasizing the role and not the individual. 

The tech industry, however is different. It isn’t less concerned with appearance – even non-conformists are sending signals with how they dress – it’s rather about which signal. Creativity and change are the selling points. And the casual or unorthodox dress code reflects that.

“By breaking people’s expectations you’re literally signaling a sense that something new is to be learned you’re trying to accomplish something that’s not necessarily mainstream, you’re focusing on issues from a new perspective, you’re signaling a break from tradition,” says Sanchez-Burks.

In the creative industries, the individual and the role are much more closely tied. So to get the best role – production of creative ideas – you have to make the individual comfortable. “There’s a feeling that if the work atmosphere is more relaxed, than people will feel more comfortable,” says Ruben. “I think some of the larger high tech companies where people are hiring knowledge workers and looking at them to be creative and innovative, that that creates relaxation and comfort.”

Luckily for radio reporters, nobody can see what we’re wearing.

And we can't see you. Unless, of course, you tell us: What's the craziest thing you've ever gotten away with wearing to work?

A utili-kilt:

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Pink fuzzy slippers:

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WATCH: First Guy In Perth To Get Hands On New iPhone Drops It On Live TV

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 13:29

Jack Cooksey, 18, was unpacking his brand-new iPhone 6 for a local TV reporter, when he accidentally dropped it. The rest of the customers still in line groaned.

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Sierra Leone: Where Colin Powell Felt His Roots

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 13:27

The West African nation is in the news today because of the tragic Ebola outbreak. It once played a part in another tragedy: the U.S. slave trade.

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