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From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Today, digital maps are a big business, and Google has become nearly everyone's go-to cartographer. But there are challengers out there — and you might be surprised by some of the competition.

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Your Wallet: What would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:06

We're asking listeners about what they could tell their 18-year-old selves about money if they had the opportunity to:


New question for next week's @MarketplaceWknd: what would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?

— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) July 3, 2014


Here's a few of your responses:

@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd Don't sell that Apple stock you bought for $36.

— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) July 3, 2014


@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd loans are not evil. That 2nd job will burn u out. Drink at home. Stop wearing nautical-themed polos.

— Trevtor (@Trevtor) July 3, 2014


@lizzieohreally @MarketplaceWknd consider a life of crime

— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) July 4, 2014

So what would you tell yourself if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments!

Your job in 5 words

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 11:07

We asked President Barack Obama to describe his job in five words or less. He couldn't do it. But our listeners could. 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Oakley", "Prashant Mandare", "Jack Hunt", "Tricia Moore", "Paul Bourque", "Lawrence Daniel Caswell", "Peter Piper", "Kyle Fletcher Baker", "Corinne Cooper", "Elizabeth Platt Hamblin"]; var link_2 = ["", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", ""]; var sentence; var first_number; var second_number; var part_one; var part_two; /* HAPPY */ function happy() { first_number = random_choice(my_job_1); second_number = random_choice(my_job_2); part_one = my_job_1[first_number]; part_two = my_job_2[second_number]; generate(); } /* Functions */ function random_choice(myArray) { return Math.floor(Math.random() * myArray.length); } function generate() { sentence = part_one + " " + part_two; document.getElementById("part-one").innerHTML = part_one; document.getElementById("part-two").innerHTML = part_two; document.getElementById("first-handle").innerHTML = handle_1[first_number]; document.getElementById("first-handle").href = link_1[first_number]; document.getElementById("quote-link-1").href = link_1[first_number]; document.getElementById("second-handle").innerHTML = handle_2[second_number]; document.getElementById("second-handle").href = link_2[second_number]; document.getElementById("quote-link-2").href = link_2[second_number]; document.getElementById("sxsw-social").style.display = 'block'; document.getElementById("reveal").style.display = 'block'; document.getElementById("sxsw-twitter-anchor").href = "" + encodeURIComponent(sentence); }

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Asian-American Leadership Programs Tackle The 'Bamboo Ceiling'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 10:23

The programs aim to address a lack of Asian-American representation among top executives by highlighting the cultural tendencies of American workplaces.

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Australia Says It Returned 41 Asylum Seekers To Sri Lanka

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:52

The transfer at sea was condemned because those returned could face persecution. Australia's High Court granted an interim injunction to block the return of 153 other asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.

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Meeting Abuse Victims, Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:30

The pope holds his first official meetings with victims of sexual abuse, saying that the priests who hurt them behaved like "a sacrilegious cult."

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Pistorius Trial: Will Judge Buy His 'Tragic Accident' Defense?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:27

The defense is preparing to wrap in South African track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Host Michel Martin learns more about the trial that's captured the nation from reporter Barry Bateman.

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In California Town, Protests Shed Light On National Immigration Debate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:15

Residents of Murrieta, California blocked buses of undocumented immigrants, forcing them to go to another town. Host Michel Martin learns more about the protests and the influx of immigrants.

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With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not the Egg's

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:45

For a long while doctors thought that an egg's age relative to others explained why older women are more likely to produce eggs with genetic abnormalities. But a study finds that's not really true.

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Putting online testing to the test

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:38

Forget paper and pencils, and filling in all those little dots.  

Kids are increasingly being asked to take standardized tests on computers .

And those who aren’t, soon will be.

There’s a big push to  get kids online at school, so they will be ready when testing begins on the Common Core standards, which will be implemented in many states over the coming months.

Not all schools are prepared. In some districts, there is a computer for every child - and the bandwidth needed for the tests. 

Other places aren’t close.

A recent survey of K-12 educators, found that 60 percent don’t feel well prepared to administer online tests.

When things are in order, however, kids will probably be fine.

There’s a general sense among educators that kids are way more comfortable online than most of us grownups will ever be… so they have that going for them.

There is one small thing to be concerned about: making sure kids can use a keyboard.  Keyboarding classes are becoming routine in elementary schools.

Schools that don’t get up to speed in time to offer tests online, will still be able to use papers and pencils for the next few years.  

For more about online testing, listen to my conversation with Ben  Johnson, host of Marketplace Tech, by clicking on the audio above. 

Early Afghan Vote Count Gives Ex-Finance Minister The Lead

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:32

The result is unlikely to quell claims from Ashraf Ghani's rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that the election was fraudulent. Abdullah easily won the first round of voting, but now trails by a million votes.

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Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:17

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani had about a million more votes than Abdullah Abdullah, who had been considered the front-runner. Abdullah has charged massive fraud in the election.

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Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:17

It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. The giant Verrückt water slide stands at 168 feet tall.

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Charge your phone, or you can't fly with it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 07:50

If you’re traveling abroad soon, make sure to have your electronic devices charged up on the way back to America. If you don’t, your smartphone, tablet, or laptop may not be able to come back with you.

The Transportation Security Administration is announcing new security measures at certain overseas airports with flights to the U.S.

Security screeners will ask flyers to turn their devices on. Those that don’t power up will not be allowed on the plane.

The move is meant to foil plots to use smartphones and tablets to disguise bombs, amid concerns Al Qaeda terrorists are planning to attack airlines. But the new screening procedures are bound to frustrate innocent travelers. They’ll be forced to abandon their cherished electronic devices if they’re unfortunate enough to have dead batteries.

Just like taking off our shoes and limiting the liquids we carry on, we’ve got yet another new security habit to form. The best way to make sure you don’t lose your devices abroad is to have all your chargers packed in carry-on luggage, including any adapters needed for foreign power outlets.

Still, one person’s security hassle is another’s business opportunity. The limiting of carry-on liquids created an expanded market for beverage sellers inside the security checkpoints. This new move may provide similar opportunity for clever entrepreneurs. Soon, before flyers can pass through airport security to buy overpriced bottles of water, they’ll likely see merchants with an array of overpriced chargers and adapters just outside the security gates.

Dozens Of Women Reportedly Escape Nigeria's Boko Haram

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 05:23

More than 60 women and girls who had been abducted by the extremist group reportedly escaped after their captors left for a raid. More than 200 schoolgirls taken in April remain missing.

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What We Don't Know About Summer School

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 04:36

Lots of kids spend part of their vacation at summer school, but there is very little information about what works.

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TSA Tightens Rules For Devices At Overseas Airports

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 04:25

People flying to the U.S. on international flights might want to keep their phones and other electronic devices charged. The devices might not be allowed onboard if they can't power up.

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Hamas Vows Revenge For Fighters Killed In Air Attack

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:32

The exchange of rocket and air attacks follows the slaying of a Palestinian teen last week, which set off rioting in several Israeli cities.

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PODCAST: Walmart and women

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:00

With Congress back from recess, one piece of legislation that needs to be hammered out soon involves funding for transportation. With a dwindling Highway Trust Fund, delays to construction projects could be seen as soon as August. Plus, Walmart will be using a new logo to denote products from women-owned companies. But will special labels combat or perpetuate stereotypes? Also, New York's Museum of Modern Art just released Bjork's Biophilia app for $13. It's part of a larger initiative by the museum, treating technology as art.

Congress could hit dead end with highway funding

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:00

Congress is back after the July 4th recess with at least one major piece of legislation that really needs to get worked out: funding for transportation.

The Highway Trust Fund is financed by an 18.4 cent-per-gallon gas tax, which hasn’t increased in 20 years. And that’s just part of the reason there may not enough money.

“Sometime in August, perhaps late July, you’ll see the trust fund running low on fumes to the point where the Federal Highway Administration will have to slow down payments to states,” says Joshua Schank, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit based in Washington DC. “The immediate effect would be a slowing down or termination of construction projects around the country.”

That means a possible dip in jobs -- According to the Obama administration, as many as 700,000 jobs in all.

But there’s also a long term reason to be concerned.

“The road network suffers dramatically, the transit systems can’t expand, and all of this really has an economic downside to it," says Jack Basso, a former Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and CFO at the US Department of Transportation.

Basso says poor infrastructure slows the movement of people and goods. Plus, he says those bridges and roads become even more expensive to fix later on.



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