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Quiz: Where cafeteria food doesn’t come cheap

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:25

Federal K-12 funding fell 21.5 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the Department of Education, but schools still have mouths to feed.

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ISIS Claims U.S. Hostage Was Killed Friday In Jordanian Attack

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:25

The claim was made on Twitter and reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi activity.

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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:22

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:07

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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Donations Roll In For Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:06

More than $300,000 has been raised in less than a week for James Robertson, who had to commute to his factory job by foot.

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Tech IRL: When hacking does good at Google

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:06

The word "cheating" typically carries a negative connotation, but there is a such thing as "good" cheating. Guest host Lisa Desjardins speaks with Parisa Tabriz, hacker and security manager for Google, about hacking to do good.

Listen to the full interview in the player above.

Tech IRL: When hacking does good

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:06

The word cheating typically carries a negative connotation, but there is a such thing as good cheating. Lisa Desjardins talked to Parisa Tabriz, hacker and security manager for Google, about hacking to do good.

Listen to the full interview in the player above.

2 nods, 1 category: Alexandre Desplat on scoring big

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:00

Saying Alexandre Desplat is a busy man is one heck of an understatement.

The French composer has 158 film scoring credits to his name, and he has become Hollywood's go-go guy for soundtracks. Last year alone he composed scores for “Godzilla,” “The Monuments Men,” “Unbroken,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Those last two earned Desplat his seventh and eighth Oscar nominations.

Desplat’s success is not due to talent alone. He also has a reputation as someone who can deliver on tight deadlines, often scoring a film in less than three weeks. He says the ticking clock can make for some sleepless nights and nervous mornings.

Our work is really related to a deadline, always, because there is a release date and you can’t deliver the music too late. So every morning you think, ‘Hmm, will I find what I’m seeking this morning?’ And it takes a few years before you’re strong enough to be able to get over this fear. But after a while your brain is used to pressure. You have to write some music every day, and that’s become a discipline. You throw a bucket in the well and you bring the water out. There’s no other way. You have to do it.

Desplat has worked with many directors — Wes Anderson, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Stephen Frears, Kathryn Bigelow and Nora Ephron, to name a few — and says even though his name is on the scores of the films he works on, the process is a truly collaborative one.

I sit down with the director in my studio, I play piano, I make little electronic demos with the orchestration already laid out, and we discuss. We try to picture what the movie is calling for and what the director is aiming for. I’m here to collaborate. I’m not here to create my own piece of music.

Desplat has yet to win an Oscar. With double the chances, will this be his year or is he destined to be the Susan Lucci of the scoring world? Desplat doesn’t seem too hung up on it one way or the other.

 You do movies because you love movies and you write music because you love writing music, and sometimes there’s this magic combination. The vibration of the music is so strong that when people hear it and they watch the film, they want to nominate you. But there’s no guarantee and that shouldn’t be the goal ever. The goal is to make a great piece of music that will serve the movie and can stand alone at the same time. That’s the only way I can think about it.

More Questions Emerge About Brian Williams' Comments

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:57

A pilot who partly backed the NBC anchor's account of being on a chopper that took fire is revising his story. Also, a newspaper is questioning what Williams said he saw during Hurricane Katrina.

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Thailand's Military Moves Closer To China

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:45

An agreement for stronger ties with Beijing comes after last year's coup in Thailand soured relations between Bangkok and Washington.

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Oil Industry Sees Layoffs, Even As Jobs Numbers Rise Elsewhere

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:07

The energy sector is laying off workers, as falling oil prices have slowed drilling. Analysts are sifting through the January employment report, which showed American employers added 257,000 jobs.

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Canadians Have A Right To Assisted Suicide, High Court Says

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:53

The court said the existing ban denies people the right "to make decisions concerning their bodily integrity and medical care" and leaves them "to endure intolerable suffering."

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Yemen's Houthi Rebels Dissolve Parliament, Seize Power

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:53

A televised statement said the group was forming a presidential council that would run the country. It called the takeover "a new era that will take Yemen to safe shores."

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Measles Vaccination Rates: Tanzania Does Better Than U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:34

A map from the World Health Organization reveals show something interesting: Many poor countries have higher vaccination rates than rich ones.

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Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget Gap

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 06:25

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, whose aggressive tax cutting measures helped trigger the financial crisis, said the schools' funding levels are unsustainable.

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Officials Predict More Measles Cases After 5 Babies Are Diagnosed In Illinois

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 04:54

Because the Chicago-area patients are all under a year old, they can't be vaccinated. Saying that more cases are likely, a Cook County health official warns, "The cat is out of the bag."

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Economy Adds 257,000 New Jobs; Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 04:38

The jobless rate ticked up to 5.7 percent despite robust job growth that exceeded economists' expectations.

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Pilots Of Doomed Taipei Flight Faced Problems With Both Engines

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 03:46

Investigators say the turboprop plane's right engine lost thrust 37 seconds into the flight, and that the left one failed to restart not long afterwards.

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PODCAST: A strong three months for jobs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 03:00

The last three months taken together have been very strong for American jobs. More on the jobs report for January from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plus, in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, there is a push to bring technology start ups as a way to revitalize the area and bring new jobs in.

Jordan Strikes At ISIS; Obama Said To Be Preparing To Request War Powers

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 02:50

Repeated air strikes on the self-described Islamic State are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the extremist group's brutal killing of a captured pilot, Jordan's foreign minister says.

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