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Russian Team Escapes Ban At The Olympics

20 hours ago
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In April 1865, at the bloody, bitter end of the Civil War, Ebenezer Nelson Gilpin, a Union cavalryman, wrote in his diary, "Everything is chaos here. The suspense is almost unbearable."

"We are reduced to quarter rations and no coffee," he continued. "And nobody can soldier without coffee."

If war is hell, then for many soldiers throughout American history, it is coffee that has offered some small salvation. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The financial role of a party's political chair

21 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and the broader question of how a political chair can affect fundraising efforts; China's decision to shut down several online news operations; and a North Texas town run entirely by students. 

Economy is fodder for politics

21 hours ago
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Mitchell Hartman

The state of the economy will affect voters’ decision making in November and also provide talking points for both parties’ presidential candidates on the stump.

Economist Michael Strain at the American Enterprise Institute said that a midsummer snapshot shows a pretty healthy U.S. economy.

“For July 2016, I think you’d have a very good grade,” said Strain. “The last jobs report was extremely good. The unemployment rate is quite low. Stock prices are looking good.”

And consumers appear confident, as their spending has been very strong in recent months.

Verizon to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion

23 hours ago
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Lane Wallace

Verizon Communications has confirmed it will purchase the main core of Yahoo’s internet business for $4.8 billion, a paltry sum compared to Yahoo’s value in its heyday.

In Texas, kids learn money doesn't grow on trees

23 hours ago
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Bill Zeeble

Enterprise City is a tiny North Texas town where the government and every business are run by students. The kids get paid too, even though they’re underage. And it’s all legal.  Enterprise City was launched to teach government and commerce. Now that Texas requires financial literacy courses through eighth grade, the little town’s getting additional interest.

In a large school classroom in Richardson, just north of Dallas, Enterprise City is bustling. Fifth graders, like 11-year-old Jay Thompson from Lakeside Elementary, are busy being in charge of things.

Paid internships more likely to lead to job offers

Jul 25, 2016
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Ashley Milne-Tyte

It’s summer, and interns are trying to make their mark at workplaces all over the country. A lot of them hope their efforts will lead to a job offer. A new student survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers says your chances of getting that offer vary depending on the type of internship you take. 

Almost three-quarters of paid interns in the corporate world got a job after finishing an internship. About 44 percent of unpaid interns did.

2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

Jul 25, 2016

Two people have been killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, authorities said.

As many as 17 people have been shot in the early Monday shooting at Club Blu, police Capt. Jim Mulligan said.

Three people have been taken into custody and there are two active crime scenes, Mulligan said.

The area was later deemed safe, but Mulligan said a street was still closed as authorities investigated.

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about Verizon's planned $5 billion purchase of Yahoo's core business; the current state of the economy; and the lessons Washington Post columnist Allan Sloan has learned about bond investments.

 

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 25, 2016

Jul 25, 2016
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about a Yahoo-Verizon deal; interview author David Sheff about his book "Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World"; and speak to people who are still fond of VCRs.

The duct tape economy

Jul 25, 2016
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Kim Adams, Andrea Seabrook and Katie Long

From the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, we hear from locals about what really matters to them in this election, and whether the convention is an opportunity or a waste of time.

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A Brief History Of Spousal Speeches At Political Conventions

Jul 24, 2016
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Producer Lawrence Grey loves horror movies. But he still shivers, remembering a 2 1/2 minute video that starts on a rainy Scandinavian night. A ordinary woman is getting ready for bed in her small apartment. She switches off the hall light and, in the darkness at the other end of the hall, she sees a shadow. A silhouette. Something almost human. But not quite.

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This corpse flower could be just seconds away from blooming. And you can watch it live, thanks to the New York Botanical Gardens. This way, you don't have to smell its famous, disgusting odor.

Unfamiliar with this so-called "botanical phenomenon"? The giant flower, which can grow to be 8 feet high, is better known for its smell than its beauty.

Solar Impulse 2 is about to complete the first round-the-world flight by a plane powered only by the sun. It took off from Cairo on Sunday and is now en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where the journey began.

Join me, if you will, on a brief trip down memory lane — back to Wednesday, when authorities told residents of a small Colorado town that their tap water had been laced with THC. At the time, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said that multiple tests of a local well had turned up "presumptive positive" for the compound, best known as the mind-altering component in marijuana.

Third parties are not new to American politics. The Anti-Masonic Party emerged in the 1820s to campaign against the Freemasons, which its members viewed as a corrupt. The Free Soil Party opposed the expansion of slavery in the years before the Civil War. Others throughout history have emerged to champion various causes, like the Know-Nothings, the Progressives, the Prohibition Party, the Reform Party and many others.

Yahoo has found a buyer for its core Internet business: the nation's largest telecom provider, Verizon Communications. The two companies are set to announce a $4.8-billion deal on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

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