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4:20 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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CORNISH: All summer, dozens of lower-income kids in Providence, Rhode Island learned golf. They spent their days on a nine-hole course, an oasis in a gritty neighborhood.

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Economy
9:21 am
Mon September 1, 2014

It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last week in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 6:44 pm

As they always do on Labor Day, political candidates will begin their campaign sprint to Election Day.

And for years, they have been running on simple advice: "It's the economy, stupid." But this time around the track, they may discover that many Americans want to hear about other issues as well.

Wait. What?

The economy is not the No. 1 issue?

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NPR Ed
4:28 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

There aren't mass layoffs of librarians; they're just doing different jobs.
Robyn Mackenzie iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 5:26 pm

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.

It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.

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Business
3:18 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, speaks at a protest rally outside the company's headquarters in Seattle in December.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 7:55 am

Only about 11 percent of U.S. workers are in unions — down from 20 percent just three decades ago. It's different in Germany, where most workers are covered by collective bargaining.

That cultural difference is causing a clash between Amazon, the Seattle-based online retail giant, and its German workers.

Bad Hersfeld is best known as a picturesque festival and spa town in central Germany. But it's also home to two Amazon fulfillment centers that employ more than 3,000 people.

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Business
5:11 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Retailers Entice Shoppers To Get Ready For New School Year

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 8:00 am

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Russian Hackers Reportedly Hit JPMorgan, Other Banks

JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York. The bank is one of several reportedly targeted by Russian hackers.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 11:21 am

The FBI says it's working with the Secret Service to investigate reports that Russian hackers breached security at JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions, stealing customers' account information in possible retaliation for U.S. government sanctions on Moscow.

"We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions," FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement late Wednesday.

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Economy
6:04 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Has The Federal Budget Deficit Problem Been Solved?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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Politics
5:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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Planet Money
3:44 am
Thu August 28, 2014

A Mall With Two Minimum Wages

Wetzel's Pretzels employee Emperatriz Orozco hands out free samples at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall.
Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

The Westfield Valley Fair Mall straddles two cities. One side of the mall is in Santa Clara, but walk a few feet down the mall, and you're in San Jose. In 2012, San Jose voters agreed to raise the city's minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.

Philip Sandigo manages a shoe store on the $8-an-hour side. When San Jose raised the minimum wage, he lost about half his staff.

They went to the stores on the side of the mall that paid $2 an hour more.

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Planet Money
11:36 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

Jason DeCrow AP

Researchers often look at the number of hours worked, but rarely do they ask the question of when. Fortunately, the government conducts an annual study called the American Time Use Survey that tracks how people spend their days.

The interactive graph below shows the share of workers who say they're working in a given hour, grouped by occupation. Play with the different job categories to see how the average workdays differ from one another.

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Shots - Health News
3:28 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

From her cubicle at Vital Decisions in Cherry Hill, N.J., Kate Schleicher counsels people who are seriously ill.
Emma Lee WHYY

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 8:21 am

Imagine you're at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.

"My name is Kate. I'm a health care counselor," the gentle voice of the caller says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, N.J.

This is not a typical telemarketing call. She wants to talk with you about your serious illness and, eventually, if you're ready to think about it, what you'd like to have happen at the end of your life.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Cereal Consumption Hurt By Grab-And-Go Foods

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:47 am

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Your Money
3:44 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Many Homeowners Still Qualify For Mortgage Relief

Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, says many homeowners who could qualify to refinance their mortgages under HARP are suspicious.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:47 am

The financial crisis pushed millions of Americans from their homes. And housing advocates complain that the government did more to prop up big banks on Wall Street than it did to help average people on Main Street.

But many of those people on Main Street could still qualify for a government program to help them save money by refinancing their mortgages.

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Around the Nation
3:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

On Ocean City's Boardwalk, Costumed Performers Prompt Legal Debate

A Cookie Monster is one of many costumed performers on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., this summer. Kids can pose for a photo with them, and then their parents are expected to leave a tip.
Chris Parypa for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:47 am

Late August is peak vacation season, and boardwalks up and down the coasts are crowded. Many beach towns attract musicians, jugglers and costumed characters who work the boardwalk for tips.

Ocean City, Md., is grappling with an influx of new boardwalk performers — some of whom are generating lots of controversy. The trend may be the unintended consequence of a couple of legal victories for the town's street performers.

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The Salt
3:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

An orange showing signs of "citrus greening" this spring in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 3:42 pm

Orange juice has been an important part of breakfast tables since the 1950s, after development of frozen orange juice concentrate made it both convenient and affordable. Back in the 1960s and '70s, TV spokeswoman Anita Bryant even told Americans that "breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine."

But today, sales are the lowest they've been in decades.

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All Tech Considered
4:43 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing

Lyft driver Danielle Kerley showcases the company's iconic mustache, which is displayed on cars used in the service.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:43 am

Taxicabs are fighting tooth and nail against Uber, the company that enables car owners to drive part time or full time for pay, like cabbies.

But behind this battle, there's another one brewing inside the world of ridesharing. Uber and its competitors in San Francisco are sparring over cash, over drivers, and over some basic values, too.

But a researcher says branding the startups Uber and Lyft as ridesharing services isn't quite accurate. Now, an emerging set of services promises to be more about sharing.

Chauffeur Vs. Your Friend With A Car

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All Tech Considered
4:46 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching

When protests over the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., livestreaming videos showed Americans what they couldn't see on TV.
Screen Grab From KARG Argus Radio Video

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 3:42 pm

In Ferguson, Mo., on Monday, Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot by a police officer, will be buried. Beyond watching on traditional media outlets, many members of the public may be able to see the event live over the Internet.

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The Salt
3:29 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

A kids healthy snacks display at Giant Eagle.
Courtesy of Giant Eagle

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. And our veggie consumption, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls short, too.

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Economy
5:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Despite Economic Recovery, Millions Of Workers Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 7:13 pm

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Parallels
4:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

A woman in Buenos Aires walks with her dog past a mural that reads "Vultures" in Spanish. The mural is a reference to the dispute between the Argentine government and U.S. hedge funds.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:09 pm

The legal battle between Argentina and its creditors grinds on with no sign of a resolution anytime soon. The dispute pits the government against two New York hedge funds that specialize in buying distressed debt.

These hedge funds bought Argentina's bonds at fire-sale prices and now stand to make huge profits off the country's financial troubles. But they've encountered a lot of resistance from the government.

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Goats and Soda
12:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

If You're Too Sick To Fly, Airlines Might Not Offer A Refund

Kenyan health officials take the temperature of passengers arriving at Nairobi's airport.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Airport health screeners in hazmat suits and armed with gun thermometers are becoming a familiar sight in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola epidemic continues to spiral out of control. Passengers boarding aircraft are checked for fever. If cleared, they receive a stamped leaflet declaring them fit for travel.

The precautions are similar to steps taken during previous outbreaks of contagious diseases, including Middle East respiratory syndrome and deadly bird flus.

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Economy
5:07 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years Helping Low-Income Youths

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:54 am

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Economy
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

When It Comes To Economic Recovery, Location Is A Factor

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:55 pm

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It's been such a pleasure having Kelly McEvers hosting with us here at MORNING EDITION all week. Kelly, when you are not hosting for NPR, you are covering inequality and economic diversity - a really interesting beat. What have you been working on?

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Economy
4:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

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Planet Money
11:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Restaurant And Hotel Workers May Soon Get A Raise

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:45 pm

Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

Many jobs in the hospitality industry have low pay but don't require specialized skills. So they often serve as a stopgap for people between jobs. In periods when the broader job market is bleak, jobs in this sector tend to get snapped up quickly.

The growing number of unfilled restaurant and hotel jobs implies that many potential workers are finding other jobs or looking at these postings and saying, "Meh, maybe I can do better."

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Economy
6:21 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Financial Players Gather In Jackson Hole For Annual Conference

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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Business
6:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:48 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge And Other Good Causes: Do Stars Really Help?

Tom Hiddleston takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. The actor is one of many stars taking part in the campaign to raise money for ALS.
via YouTube

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:27 pm

It's been the social media hit of the summer — some of the world's biggest celebrities dousing themselves with buckets of ice water to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Business
7:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Browns Bet On Manziel, But Is He Too Much Of A Distraction?

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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Kelly, you grew up in the '80s like I did. You went to the mall a lot, right?

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Yeah, what else are you going to do when you're 13?

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