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Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:14

From tasty tempura to gross gruel, hospital meals across the globe vary wildly. Highbrow institutions in China and India have long served top-notch food. U.S. hospitals are starting to follow suit.

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Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:11

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to the rest of the U.K.

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Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:03

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.

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Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 05:05

The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.

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French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 04:27

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.

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As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 03:08

At final count, the "no" votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question "for a generation."

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PODCAST: The nuance of inflation

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 03:00

We have screens at the ready here to watch what happens when stock in the massive Chinese online commerce operation, Alibaba, starts trading in New York. Shares will start at $68, the top of the company's range. But while many investors are eagerly diving in, others are advising caution. Plus, as we've been hearing, the Scots have voted to stay with the United Kingdom, and this--among other things--has a bearing on interest rates. And as Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the surprising, sometimes delightful and sometimes destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century. Last week, we heard a classical definition of inflation from the Harvard professor who literally wrote the textbook definition. But price changes have many causes and can effect people with varying incomes quite differently. Today, we talk to Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington.

Weekend Brunch: AliBaba's IPO and the Fed's new normal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:12

Venessa Wong from Bloomberg and Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson chat about the week's news. Click play above to hear them break down the Federal Reserve's latest decision and the AliBaba IPO.

Brunch reading list:

Bloomberg: 3 Photos That Help Explain the Frenzy Over Alibaba's IPO

Businessweek: I Used Alibaba to Make 280 Pairs of Brightly Colored Pants

CNBC: Fed will end QE next month, 'considerable time' remains

Washington Post: Federal Reserve details new exit strategy, keeps record-low rate

 

 

 

Want to sell a house? Head West. Want to buy? Go East.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:00

Online real estate site Zillow released a study on Friday that listed the markets for sellers and buyers in the United States. 

Stan Humphries, Zillow's chief economist said the lists show an east/west divide.  

Most of the best markets for sellers, says Humphries, are on the West Coast. Markets like San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle top the list. Most of the cities that favor buyers are in the east and midwest. 

"Markets like Providence, Cleveland and Philadelphia. And it’s not necessarily by historical standards that they’re bad markets," Humphries said. 

He said home prices in many of the buyers' markets haven’t risen as sharply, but that also means that when the market slows, home prices won’t crash as hard.

Kevin Hamilton knows all about seller’s markets. He’s with Red Oak Realty in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"You know a lot people think realtors are really excited about this hot market, and truthfully we’re not," he said. 

Hamilton said right now, buyers are offering way too much for houses. While responsible realtors advise against such irrational behavior, he said, when the market slows and prices crash, clients don’t remember.

"Everyone kinda came back and said, 'Why did you tell me to buy this?'" Hamilton said. "You know, well, if you looked back at that day, we didn’t."

Silicon Tally - Mo Money, Mo Facebook

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, we're joined by Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code For America. Pahlka also recently served as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the United States Government.

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Why you'd pay more for a car with hand-crank windows

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 01:30

As Marketplace celebrates its 25th birthday this year, we are looking at the weird, delightful and destructive ways that prices have changed during that quarter century.

But first, let's take a ride...back to 1989.

Back then, the cheapest Accord sedan had just 98-horsepower, hand-crank windows, no AC, and retailed for $11,770.

A commercial for the popular automobile posits that maybe one day, someone will build a better car than the Accord...maybe.

 

 

Since then, improvements have been made, and the Honda Accord is currently the best-selling car in America.

But how has the price changed? And when you adjust for inflation, is it more or less expensive than back in 1989?

We checked in with Joe Ciaccia, general manager of Honda Manhattan, to see how much the car will set you back with today's prices. And as for how it compares to its 25 year old counterpart, the answer might surprise you.

Click the media player above to hear more on the surprising affect inflation has had on the Honda Accord.

How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:20

Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here's how they compare.

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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:18

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

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Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:15

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.

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Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-19 00:13

As part of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New York's plan is to buy and demolish hundreds of homes on Staten and Long islands and let nature return as a barrier to future storm surges.

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Voters In Scotland Reject Independence With Unprecedented Turnout

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 21:45

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence.

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In Scotland History Is Made... But At A Golf Club

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 15:56

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews voted to allow women for the first time in its 260 year history.

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In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 14:41

Sierra Leoneans scramble for supplies as a three-day, countrywide lockdown approaches. International medical professionals doubt the move will do much to halt the spread of Ebola.

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Senate Approves Measure To Arm And Train Syrian Rebels

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 14:37

The measure, approved in rare bipartisan fashion by both chambers, is now headed to President Obama's desk.

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