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In the late 1980s, Moby was drawn to what he calls "the dirty mecca" of New York City. As a DJ and electronic musician, he was a staple of the rave scene: massive crowds dancing until dawn, probably under the influence of a substance or two, all moving as one to his songs.

After several boom years while the rest of the economy struggled, farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low, while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. And that means farmers have to get creative to succeed.

Modern crop farms in the Corn Belt are sophisticated businesses. So put aside your notions of bucolic red barns surrounded by a few cows. And pull out your best business school vocabulary, because crops are commodities.

Here's a mystery found in a French cave. It appears that a group of Neanderthals walked into that cave about 176,000 years ago and started building something. Neanderthals were our closest living relatives but they weren't known as builders or cave explorers.

Scientists identify the forms as "constructions," but they can't figure out what they were for.

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It has been more than 18 months since California's governor signed a law that allows pharmacists to distribute most types of hormonal birth control methods without a prescription.

Single women’s homes are worth less than men’s

May 26, 2016
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Lane Wallace

Single women are at a disadvantage in the housing market: not only are their homes less valuable than men’s, but that gap widens over time.

That’s the finding of a new analysis by the firm RealtyTrac, which looked at more than 2 million homes for which owner information was available.

The data showed a 10 percent disparity between the values of single men’s and single women’s homes.

Bank jobs and branches in decline

May 26, 2016
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Mitchell Hartman

report from analysts at Citigroup finds that banking may not be such a great field to go into in the future.

The report predicts that there will be approximately 800,000 fewer bank jobs in the U.S. by 2025, while the decline in Europe will be slightly steeper. There will also be fewer local bank branches. That would be a continuation of steady declines in the financial services sector since employment peaked in 2006 and the financial crisis hit in 2007-2008.

Artist Georgia O'Keeffe didn't spend her entire career painting large, lavish flowers.

The curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., says that comes as a surprise to many people. Now, the museum has purchased The Barns, Lake George, a rarely seen 1926 abstract painting that makes the point and helps the institution tell more of her story.

HSN goes down the rabbit hole for new Disney movie

May 26, 2016

HSN, the TV shopping network, is pushing merchandise from Disney's new movie "Alice Through the Looking Glass" this week. Nearly non-stop. Think floral sheets, White Rabbit cameos, "Curiouser and Curiouser" pillows.

The partnership marks the channel's biggest partnership yet with the movie studio, but it's far from HSN's only foray into the world of entertainment. HSN also recently negotiated on-screen mentions in "Mother's Day" and "The Boss."

For more on HSN's move into entertainment, listen above.

Could 'Finding Dory' hurt the world's reefs?

May 26, 2016
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When Pixar’s “Finding Dory” comes out next month, it’ll mean millions in revenue for Disney. It may also mean more money for the aquarium fish industry — if viewers decide they might like a fish of their own. That could be a problem for the movie’s star species.

The species of fish most viewers know as Dory has many names, but it's commonly referred to as the Pacific Blue Tang. It's already popular among aquarium owners.

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about a rise in Brent crude prices; the Home Shopping Network's partnership with Disney; and the business behind the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about needed tech updates for the government; the news that billionaire Peter Thiel has been funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker for publishing a sex tape featuring Hogan; and self-repairing material. 

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The Taliban have a new leader. His name is Hibatullah Akhundzada. That much we know for certain.

He’s said to be an Islamic legal scholar and a deputy of the former Taliban mullah who reportedly died in a recent US drone strike. But there may be more questions about Akhundzada than answers.

“We don't know a lot about mullah Hibatullah actually,” says Kabul-based journalist Sune Engel Rasmussen.

Stanton Gleave hardly fits the stereotype of a modest, keep-to-himself Western rancher.

Standing in a collection of muddy pens taking a break from shearing sheep near his home in tiny Kingston, Utah, Gleave gives an earful about his frustrations with the Bureau of Land Management and environmental groups.

"That's who we're actually fighting with," says Gleave. "They've indoctrinated and got into this BLM and Forest Service 'til a lot of 'em are right up in the head positions now."

Dear Jesse,

I just finished reading your tacky Taki interview and to tell you the truth, my heart is bleeding.

They combine saxophones and sousaphones, accordions and electric violins. Part Ethiopian pop and jazz, part American funk, part Eastern European brass ensemble, Debo Band is about as eclectic as musical fusion groups get.

Well, now even more eclectic.

A slaughterhouse is a safer place to work than it used to be, according to a new government report. But data gathered by federal regulators doesn't likely capture all the risks faced by meat and poultry workers.

Shareholders of Exxon Mobil and Chevron have voted to reject a series of resolutions aimed at encouraging the companies to take stronger actions to battle climate change.

But Exxon Mobil shareholders voted in favor of a rule that could make it easier for minority shareholders to nominate outsiders to the company's board, a potential victory for environmentalists.

Activist shareholders at both companies had placed an unusual number of resolutions on the ballot related to climate change.

U.S.-backed forces have launched offensives on two areas of strategic importance to the Islamic State: Fallujah, Iraq, and an area north of Raqqa, the de facto IS capital in Syria.

Celebrating The Class Of 2016: Peace Odiase

May 25, 2016

This week, Here & Now has been speaking with 2016 college graduates about the biggest challenges they faced in school, and where they plan to go next.

Today, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Peace Odiase, one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.

If your child is taking medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), their doctor may soon offer a new option: fruit-flavored chewables.

The new drug, Adzenys XR-ODT, got FDA approval in January, and went on the market last week. But some psychiatrists are concerned that making amphetamines in a candy-like form will make people more likely to abuse them, and also contribute to what some see as a trend of overmedicating children.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Meghana Keshavan, biotech correspondent at STAT.

The Senate voted yesterday to block a new rule issued by the Obama Administration that requires brokers to act in the best interest of their clients when it comes to retirement accounts.

Before the rule change, they were required to make sure that investments were “suitable,” for clients, which was a lower standard. Republicans have supported blocking the rule, while President Obama has promised to veto the Senate bill so that the rule stands.

Here & Now’s Robin Young discusses the situation with CNN’s Maggie Lake.

"Look!" says Stefania Poggi. "They've made inflatable rafts."

Two dozen boys are splashing in a massive, muddy pool surrounded by 30-foot-tall earthen banks. They're jumping on grain sacks that they've filled with plastic bottles to make them float.

Poggi manages the Doctors Without Borders operation in the largest refugee camp in South Sudan.

The 35-year-old Italian is standing on the banks of the drainage ditch, which was bulldozed through the middle of the camp to alleviate flooding.

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The head of the beleaguered Transportation Security Administration told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday the long passenger lines at screening checkpoints at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this month should have been avoided. He also said it was a "failure" on the part of the agency to get some things done.

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Jon Ralston is one of Nevada's top political reporters. But earlier this week, he published a different type of story: a personal account about his child.

On Monday, his 20-year-old went before a judge to request changes to his birth certificate: name and gender.

The judge granted those changes. Madeline is now Jacob; instead of Maddy, Jake. Jon Ralston chronicles the journey of his son — and his own — in The Child I Love.

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