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Obama Calls Nomination Of New Iraqi Prime Minister A 'Step Forward'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:09

The president said the only long-term solution in Iraq would be for Iraqis to work together. Obama said he and Vice President Biden have called to congratulate Haider al-Abadi.

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A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:58

Your doctor and lawyer may know a lot about you. But in a time when we are using computers to socialize, keep track of finances, do work and store family photos your IT person probably knows more.

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Graphic Warnings: Ebola Posters Keep The Virus On People's Minds

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:51

Sierra Leone is at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. To help stop the virus, health workers are putting up Ebola awareness posters around the country. One doctor explains why they're so graphic.

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Assessing The Scope And Scale Of American Aid For Kurds In Iraq

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:47

Brett McGurk is the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran. He joins Robert Siegel to explain U.S. policy on Iraq.

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Sandwich Monday: The Dahlia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:42

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try The Dahlia, from Denver Biscuit Co. It's a breakfast sandwich served on a French toast biscuit.

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New Orleans Charters Prepare For A Big First Day Of School

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:38

The start to the school year in New Orleans offers a landmark moment in U.S. education. For the first time, a major urban school district will operate entirely with charter schools.

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To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper has declared a compromise to avert a fight over oil and gas drilling. It's meant to solve fracking-related disputes, but it also serves Democrats' political interests.

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Turmoil At The Top Raises The Specter Of A Coup In Baghdad

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

Vivian Salama of the Associated Press joins Melissa Block to talk about the latest developments in Iraq — including a power struggle in Baghdad and the U.S. response to dangers facing Kurdish and Yazidi peoples.

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FBI Opens Probe Into The Police Shooting That Roiled St. Louis

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

Rioting broke out in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where police shot and killed an unarmed teenager on Sunday. The FBI has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting that preceded the riots.

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Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

In the 1960s, men slowly but surely began leaving the workforce and many never came back. The trend continues today. Economists cite a number of reasons, from technology to international competition.

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Strapped And Stretched, Non-Profits Struggle To Defend Immigrant Minors

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

The Obama administration claims there are fewer unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border; nevertheless, deportation hearings have accelerated. The situation has created a new challenge: There's a shortage of pro-bono attorneys to represent the immigrant children in immigration court.

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A Witness To Iraq's Yazidi Exodus

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

The heart of Iraq's refugee crisis lies in the country's north, where the Yazidi people, a religious minority, are fleeing the approach of Islamic State militants.

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A Snapshot Of The Spike In Inequality, As Seen From Dayton

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:14

A new report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors has found that jobs gained since the recession pay dramatically less than the jobs lost during the recession. To comment on the findings, Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio, speaks with Melissa Block.

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Has the Affordable Care Act changed your life?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:10

We want to know whether or not the Affordable Care Act has changed your life in a negative or positive way.

If it has, tell us how by emailing us or tweeting us @MarketplaceWknd.

We'll be talking about it all week online, and will feature some of your stories in next week's show.

WATCH: Rescue Mission In Iraq Leaves Everyone Onboard In Tears

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 12:03

New footage shows dramatic operations to help people stranded in mountains in northern Iraq. As people flee militants, the Pentagon says its airstrikes have slowed but not stopped the Islamic State.

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'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 11:30

The craze to embrace all things shark during Discovery's "Shark Week" in August is exploding onto menus. But the hype doesn't hide the fact that many of these creatures are endangered.

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Phil Hamm's no billionaire, but he's got something to say about oil

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:28

The oil boom has brought all sorts of changes to western North Dakota. Billionaire Harold Hamm has had a big hand in it.  His company, Continental Resources, is the biggest oil producer there.

Then there's Phil Hamm, who moved to Williston, North Dakota, before the oil industry arrived. He had a few things to say about the changes he's seen, when Todd Melby interviewed for his series "Black Gold Boom."

Todd Melby's series, "Black Gold Boom," is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.

Why 'Apple University' teaches new hires Picasso

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:26

Steve Jobs established Apple University to teach employees about Apple’s history and culture. Although the courses are not required, Apple’s new recruits usually do enroll.

“This training program is a lot more extensive than pretty much every other corporate training program that I've heard of,” says Brian Chen, technology reporter at The New York Times.

One class instructor compared the 11 lithographs of Pablo Picasso’s “The Bull” to the way Apple builds their devices, as a way to teach the class how to communicate at Apple.

“They like to start out with an idea and whittle it down as much as possible, until it speaks just clearly enough for the consumer,” says Chen. “It’s just a general way that they try to teach employees to think about communicating.”

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:17

A killing in suburban St. Louis leads people to tweet "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might seem like a troublemaker.

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Bevel: Beyond the 'ethnic' aisle

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:15

Walker and Company CEO Tristan Walker had a hard time shaving. When he was 15, he tried a multi-blade razor and woke up with bumps and rashes on his face the next morning.

So, in 2013, Walker founded a company to solve problems in the health and beauty space for the African American community. Their first product is called Bevel, a shaving system designed specifically for men with coarse and curly hair.

“It’s razor bumps and razor burn. It’s a problem that 80 percent of black men and black women have, and it’s a problem that 30 percent of other races have.”

Bevel works through a multi-step process. You start by applying oil and then shaving cream with a brush, using a single blade razor, and finishing with a moisturizer. The starter kit costs $59.95, and 90-day replenishment kits cost $30 each. That’s a total of $150 for the products.

Tristan Walker knows this is a high price for a shaving kit:

“I reflect back on my experience of going to a retail shop, having to go to the ethnic aisle that’s not really an aisle, that’s really a shelf. Then I have to reach to the bottom of that shelf for a package that’s dirty. Like, that entire second-class citizen experience… it’s not great. Considering how much money we spend on these things, how much need we have for products that work, I think having a respect for the customer is incredibly important.”

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

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