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In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:19

Most people don't want to die in the hospital hooked up to machines, but it can be hard to make those wishes known. A doctor's order with more force than an advance directive can help, a study finds.

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In pictures: Rik Mayall

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:17
From The Young Ones to Blackadder - the life of Rik Mayall

'Joint cremation' claim to be probed

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:13
A "serious allegation" concerning the "joint cremation of babies and adults" is made about Aberdeen's Hazlehead Crematorium.

Help us build Marketplace Weekend. Here’s how:

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:10

Hi everyone,

I’ve been off working with the Marketplace team, creating a brand new show. Starting the weekend of June 28th, Marketplace Money becomes Marketplace Weekend.

Our mission is simple: Marketplace Weekend will connect you to the world of money.

What does that mean? We’re going to explore all parts of our economic world. What's happening here, around the world, in your wallet and in your life. My philosophy is that money is a prism through which we see ourselves. The choices we make – or have to make – with it, tell us about who we are as individuals, families, countries, societies.

But the show is not just about what I think. It’s a dialogue. In addition to the radio show, we’re also hosting online conversations about what’s happening in the world, and we want those conversations to start with you. What we learn online will be a key part of building the radio show. We want to incorporate your thoughts and your voices.

I’m inviting you to be a charter member of our Marketplace Weekend community. We want your help in building our conversations and testing our new website. Throughout the week, the Marketplace Weekend team will share our thoughts and takes on some of the issues we’re all trying to work through. This week, we want to know, do you still call yourself middle class? What does middle class even mean in 2014?

Tell us what you think by visiting marketplace.org/money (the name stays until the relaunch). There, you’ll see buttons that let you write us, tell us and tweet us. Below those buttons, you can follow the conversation as it goes.

Thanks and I’ll see you online. Let’s chat.

Lizzie

We want YOU for Marketplace Weekend

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:10

Hi everyone,

I’ve been off working with the Marketplace team, creating a brand new show. Starting the weekend of June 28th, Marketplace Money becomes Marketplace Weekend.

Our mission is simple: Marketplace Weekend will connect you to the world of money.

What does that mean? We’re going to explore all parts of our economic world. What happening here, around the world, in your wallet and in your life. My philosophy is that money is a prism though which we see ourselves. The choices we make – or have to make – with it tell us about who we are as individuals, families, countries, societies.

But the show is not just about what I think. It’s a dialogue. In addition to the radio show, we’re also hosting online conversations about what’s happening in the world, and we want those conversations to start with you. What we learn online will be a key part of building the radio show. We want to incorporate your thoughts, and your voices.

I’m inviting you to be a charter member of our Marketplace Weekend community. We want your help in building our conversations and testing our new web site. Throughout the week, the Marketplace Weekend team will share our thoughts and takes on some of the issues we’re all trying to work through. This week, we want to know, do you still call yourself middle class? What does middle class even mean in 2014?

Tell us what you think by visiting marketplace.org/money (the name stays until the relaunch). There, you’ll see buttons that let you write us, tell us and tweet us. Below those buttons, you can follow the conversation as it goes.

Thanks and I’ll see you online. Let’s chat.

Lizzie

We want YOU for Marketplace Weekend

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:10

Hi everyone,

I’ve been off working with the Marketplace team, creating a brand new show. Starting the weekend of June 28th, Marketplace Money becomes Marketplace Weekend.

Our mission is simple: Marketplace Weekend will connect you to the world of money.

What does that mean? We’re going to explore all parts of our economic world. What happening here, around the world, in your wallet and in your life. My philosophy is that money is a prism though which we see ourselves. The choices we make – or have to make – with it tell us about who we are as individuals, families, countries, societies.

But the show is not just about what I think. It’s a dialogue. In addition to the radio show, we’re also hosting online conversations about what’s happening in the world, and we want those conversations to start with you. What we learn online will be a key part of building the radio show. We want to incorporate your thoughts, and your voices.

I’m inviting you to be a charter member of our Marketplace Weekend community. We want your help in building our conversations and testing our new web site. Throughout the week, the Marketplace Weekend team will share our thoughts and takes on some of the issues we’re all trying to work through. This week, we want to know, do you still call yourself middle class? What does middle class even mean in 2014?

Tell us what you think by visiting marketplace.org/money (the name stays until the relaunch). There, you’ll see buttons that let you write us, tell us and tweet us. Below those buttons, you can follow the conversation as it goes.

Thanks and I’ll see you online. Let’s chat.

Lizzie

When A Killer Comes From Your Family

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:09

Mass killings carried out by disturbed young people are frightening for the public. Along with the grief of victims' families, we explore how families of the killers deal with the trauma.

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What Donald Duck tells us about the economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 09:00

A cultural icon turns 80 Monday. Donald Fauntleroy Duck made his debut on June 9, 1934, in a seven-minute short called “The Wise Little Hen.”  The rest, as they say, is history.

But about that history… We wondered what life would have been like for someone who, like Donald Duck, was born eight decades ago. 

When Donald Duck debuted, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a year into his first term, the New Deal was taking hold, and the U.S. economy had begun to improve.

“There was a certain sense that a recovery was possible,” says Kathy Peiss, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at Penn.

Donald and many of his contemporaries – white men, especially – were in what demographer Bill Frey calls “the perfect place to benefit from the American dream.”

“He probably had that traditional family,” Frey says. “Two-point-two ducklings, I would guess he would have had.”

Of course, so far as we know, Donald had no children, though he does have three nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, but we digress.

Someone who is 80 today, or a little younger, probably would not have fought in World War II, but that person would have benefitted from the post-War recovery.

“By the time he was age 40, the time you would have bought a house, the time you would have gotten your job in place, those were really successful years in the United States,” Frey says.

Odds are you would have retired before the bottom fell out – maybe with a full pension. Sounds pretty good, right?

“You know, life was never that simple,” says John Bodnar, co-director of the Center for Study of History and Memory at Indiana University. He says that, depending on your politics, you could have been blacklisted. “I guess you could have theoretically fought as a young man in Korea,” he adds. There were also big domestic conflicts – housing, schools, integration.”

An 'Integrity Problem' at Veterans Affairs?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:58

How can the Department of Veterans Affairs recover after its scandal? The Cato Institute's Michael Cannon and Ed Dorn, former Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, offer suggestions.

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Audit Finds 13 Percent Of VA Schedulers Told To Falsify Data

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:54

The agency's audit also found that more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at Veterans Affairs facilities more than 90 days after requesting them.

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Rescue in Germany's deepest cave

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:48
A team tries to save a 52-year-old man hurt in a rock fall in a 1000m-deep (3,280ft) cave in southern Germany, in an operation that could take days.

VIDEO: Beckham and Prince united for animals

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:47
The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham have launched a new campaign in an effort to raise awareness around conservation issues.

VIDEO: Quantum Break puts off time travel

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:46
The developers of the much-anticipated Quantum Break video game are not ready to offer a live demo at E3, but did discuss it with BBC's Click.

Man 'murdered for £20 and iPhone'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:45
A man found murdered in a churchyard was attacked by two men 'on a mission to steal and rob', a court hears.

Gerrard hampered by minor groin injury

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:34
Captain Steven Gerrard does not take a full part in England training, but his groin injury is not thought to be serious.

Queen's wins for Ward and Evans

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:33
British pair Dan Evans and James Ward move into the second round at Queen's, where Andy Murray will face Paul-Henri Mathieu.

How the jet changed air travel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:24

If you're someone who frequently takes cross-country or even international flights, you have the Boeing 707 to thank for making them shorter and more affordable. It cut travel time from New York to London in half, and opened up jet setting to a new clientele.

"It usually was 14, 15 hours, and you had to stop in places like Gander, Newfoundland, or Reykjavik, Iceland...and you got there nonstop in six hours, which was unbelievable," said William Stadiem, author of the new book Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years.

Although the jet itself didn't take off until the late 1950s, Stadiem says the so-called "jet set" lifestyle was nothing new; other modes of transportation were simply more in vogue at the time.

"They were the yacht set, or the Queen Mary set. They were just rich people who liked to travel Europe and live in high style," he said.

But after 1958--when the Boeing 707 came along--jet setting became much more affordable for your average middle-class American.

"One of the best-selling books of the '60s was Europe on five dollars a day. You could live like a king on five dollars a day," Stadiem said. "And airlines were doing package tours of one month in Europe, including airfare, for under a thousand dollars. That was a bargain."

Tenement front collapses in Glasgow

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:24
A large section of masonry collapses from a tenement building in central Glasgow, showering debris on to flat entrances and the street below.

May and Gove in Commons unity show

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:19
The home secretary and education secretary pay tribute to each other in a bid to draw a line under the row over extremism

Clegg: We'd tax the wealthiest more

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-09 08:13
Nick Clegg sets out the Lib Dems' plans for the economy - including tax rises for the wealthiest to axe the deficit.
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