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Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Next Battle: Tenure

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 13:24

Walker has curtailed the bargaining powers of public school teachers, and approved a right-to-work law aimed at private unions. Now he's taking on tenured faculty at the University of Wisconsin.

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St Helens 30-14 Wigan Warriors

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 13:13
St Helens score three second-half tries to beat local rivals Wigan Warriors and go top of the Super League table.

Foo Fighters' Grohl in stage fall

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 13:08
Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl injures his leg after falling off the stage during a concert in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden.

PODCAST: Cuba Libre

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-12 13:00

This week, Actuality goes to Cuba. We'll hear how the U.S. decision to re-open relations is affecting the island nation — in its music, its growing private sector and its underground internet. Plus, a virtual visit to a coral reef. 

PODCAST: Cuba Libre

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-12 13:00

This week, Actuality goes to Cuba. We'll hear how the U.S. decision to re-open relations is affecting the island nation — in its music, its growing private sector and its underground internet. Plus, a virtual visit to a coral reef. 

California orders historic water cut

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:56
California lawmakers have ordered farmers to reduce their water consumption - the largest cuts in the US state's history.

YouTube to launch video gaming site

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:53
YouTube is to launch a dedicated site and app for gaming in an attempt to take on Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch.

Wales in Euro ecstasy with victory

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:50
Wales sit top of their qualifying table and take major step towards Euro 2016 after beating Belgium 1-0.

Making Sense Of Rachel Dolezal, The Alleged White Woman Who Passed As Black

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:48

Thoughts on the prominent civil rights leader and Africana studies professor in Spokane, Washington who was accused of being a white woman living her life as a black woman.

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Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:44

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.

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Wales 1-0 Belgium

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:36
Gareth Bale scores on his 50th international appearance as Wales beat Belgium to take a big step towards qualifying for Euro 2016.

Bold England lose ODI thriller to NZ

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:24
England suffer a 13-run Duckworth-Lewis loss in the second one-dayer against New Zealand after another thrilling game.

#NPRreads: Love, Coding, Yuccies, And The 'NPR Sound'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 12:18

This week's selection of articles and essays covers comedian Aziz Ansari's new book about love, a new demographic term, a global gaming superstar, and more.

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As Fish Stocks Dwindle, So Do The Livelihoods Of Greek Fishermen

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:58

The Greek fisherman casting a net from his small wooden boat is a postcard image of the Mediterranean. But fish stocks are so low now that many fishermen say they can't make a living anymore.

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Mary Creagh pulls out of Labour race

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:57
Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh announces that she has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest.

GB well beaten by Russia in Euros

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:47
Great Britain women's EuroBasket 2015 campaign gets off to a disappointing start with a 71-40 defeat by Russia.

US lawmakers reject trade proposal

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:42
The US House of Representatives rejected a trade bill backed by the White House on Thursday.

How Twitter Can Revive Itself, Even Without Naming Snoop Dogg CEO

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:38

Twitter is going through a lot of changes, including switching CEOs. But, analysts say, stalled user growth and discouraging financial results call for more change than just new leadership.

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Paul Ford on ‘What Is Code?’ and why we should care

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:36

We are surrounded with computer code every day. It has built the hardware and software we interact with, from our computers and mobile devices to social networks. It’s changed the way we communicate, do business and conduct our work. But most of us don’t know what code is, really. If the code works, you don’t even know it’s there — and that’s by design. Paul Ford says it shouldn’t be that way. His argument and explainer is laid out in a more than 30,000-word piece for the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. Marketplace Tech Host Ben Johnson sat down with Ford to talk about why he wrote the piece and why we should care enough to read it, top to bottom. 

Here are some highlights from the interview: 

Do you think the average user needs to understand code? 

You know, I really honestly do. And obviously, you know, part of me is going like, "Read the article." Because that's who this is written for: it's for the educated civilian who is surrounded by software.

If you want to understand why there's so much happening in that world, and why suddenly this fairly small cohort has such unbelievable cultural power, it's worth knowing about the fundamental structures. 

Can code "save" us? 

No. People are responsible for saving people. 

Do you think code is powerful enough to answer some of the big questions and the big problems we have? 

Let's just throw something out, that, you know, we wanted to distribute income in a very different way in our country. Software could help with that. Software could help with the optimization problems. It could help with issues related to cost of living and so on. And now, the thing that we just threw out, you can see has tremendous ethical issues. And so to me, I look at this stuff and this world — I just think it's so omnipresent, and so understanding of the pieces of it and writing all that down was actually kind of therapeutic. It was wonderful to just sit here and type out what I know about being a programmer so that people can understand that there's no magic here — it's just systems, and it's just people making things. 

Click the audio player above to listen to the full interview. 

Where Clinton stands on key issues

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:15
Since launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has set out some policy positions. Here's a summary of what she has revealed.