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Global crashes in an interconnected economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:59

People crash. So do companies. And stock markets. And, occasionally, entire countries.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, which means that when one country crashes financially, there's a genuine risk that we could end up with a regional, or even a world-wide pileup.

We wanted to find out how likely a crash of epic proportions is, so we turned Paddy Hirsch, Senior Editor and resident explainer at Marketplace. He spoke with Marketplace Weekend about the global economy. So is it really all that fragile?

Meteorologist Gary Dobbs: Living through a tornado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:40

A traumatic crash can be a very personal, deeply transformative moment, an event where life's momentum stops and your reality is changed.

How do you move forward? How does it affect the way you look at things? Gary Dobbs dealt with that first hand.

For 31 years, he worked as a meteorologist at ABC's affiliate in Huntsville Alabama.

In April of 2011, Gary had just gotten home after a long day of covering a tornado outbreak.

With storm warnings still in effect, he laid down to take a nap.

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:36

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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Quiz: Reading, writing and citizenship

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:44

A new state law requires high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate.

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Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 49 Dead

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:42

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.

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Experiments With Coordinating Medical Care Deliver Mixed Results

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:42

The medical home is intended to make health care better and safer by having primary care providers manage a patient's care. So far it's not clear if they can also save money.

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Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:22

It's not easy to build machines that control sugar as well as a human pancreas, but the technology is getting a lot better. The goal is to liberate people on insulin from constant vigilance.

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Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:58

"I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.

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