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Planet Money
6:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:33 am

The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.

On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.

But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

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Europe
5:43 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:41 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers. A salon in London recently used an image of North Korea's leader to promote a discount. Bad hair day? - said the sign with a picture of Kim Jong-un - 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.

Around the Nation
5:09 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:43 am

The pup was discovered 100 miles from the ocean. It mostly likely swam up the San Joaquin River, hopped out and couldn't find its way back.

Race
4:31 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:41 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

This spring will mark 60 years since Brown versus Board of Education. That's the Supreme Court ruling that was intended to end segregation in America's public schools. But a year-long study by the investigative journalism group ProPublica finds that we've never gotten to that goal. In fact, America in recent decades has been moving backward.

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

One of the keys to success for a company or even a country is the ability to innovate, to create new ideas and products that change how people work, live and behave. And there's now new research suggesting that innovation could depend on the age of the people in charge. Of course innovation is just one measure of success. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam has returned to join us. Shankar, good morning to you.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi, David.

GREENE: So what's this new research about?

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:41 am

A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.

Animals
5:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Police near London received a troubling emergency call. All the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops rushed out to investigate, and found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth.

The Belgian Malinois named Layton must have tooth-dialed 999 - Britain's version of 911 - after snatching the phone from its owner. The owner told the Daily Mirror: He's downright naughty, but I would never swap him.

Asia
5:36 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers, with news of a sad panda in China. Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. She's now a happy panda. The zoo where she lives built her a mini-amusement park. And now the staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in Southwest China has given her a plasma TV, where she can watch other pandas at play. Si Jia was one of three giant pandas rescued after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
5:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Ari, good morning.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, David.

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It is time for sports now. March Madness is over. The Masters Golf Tournament is over. But there's absolutely no time at all for sports fans to catch their collective breath, not with the National Hockey League playoffs starting tonight and the NBA playoffs starting this weekend.

NPR's Tom Goldman is here to set the proverbial table for us. Tom, good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NYPD To Disband Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

And I'm Kelly McEvers. Last night the New York Police Department confirmed that its controversial Demographics Unit has been disbanded. The special unit was created after September 11. It was devoted to tracking everyday activities in the city's Muslim neighborhoods.

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Minority Tartars Consider Pragmatic Approach To Crimea Annexation

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:53 am

Tatars were vocal in their opposition to the Russian takeover of Crimea. That's because they remember their history of maltreatment under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Criticizes Tax System

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: Tax Confusion.

Yesterday, of course, was the deadline for filing. And today, you're maybe feeling some uncertainty over whether you got everything right.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A lot of people complain that the tax code is just too complex, but usually not directly to the IRS. After all, you could be asking for an audit if you file that complaint. This does not seem to be the concern of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Washington Post is celebrating a pair of Pulitzer Prizes this week. One is for a series on Americans who rely on food stamps. The other, a Public Service medal for stories based on the documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

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Around the Nation
5:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 11:05 am

A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside.

Around the Nation
5:51 am
Tue April 15, 2014

'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers.

The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," for the second year in a row. The series got the most formal complaints in a list compiled by librarians across the country. The graphic children's novels feature a superhero in his skivvies fighting villains like Dr. Diaper, which, believe it or not, earned the books more complaints than the very adult book "Fifty Shades of Grey."

NPR Story
4:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Retailers Want Your Tax Refund

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

It's the deadline to file your taxes. And if you're getting a money back, retailers want it. They're offering sales and promotions to separate you from your hard-earned refund.

NPR Story
4:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

Around the Nation
4:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.

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NPR Story
4:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe.

NPR Story
4:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

'Washington Post' And 'Guardian' Win Pulitzer For NSA Stories

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

The Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism were announced yesterday. The prestigious award was given out for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, also stories on coal miners and photos of a terrorist attack in Kenya.

And as NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, also singled out was coverage of the leaking of top secret government documents.

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Around the Nation
4:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Boston To Pay Tribute To Victims Of Last Year's Bombing

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:20 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene, good morning.

One year ago today, the Boston Marathon became more than just one of the world's major sporting events. It became a target. As runners crossed the finish line just before 3:00 in the afternoon, two bombs exploded. Three people were killed and dozens more were wounded. This year the marathon is scheduled for next week. But today there will be a tribute for those whose lives were affected by the attack.

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Europe
6:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Kelly McEvers. So the London Marathon happened yesterday, but runners who missed it will soon be able to run it from the gym. Race organizers are releasing an app for treadmill users creating a high definition virtual reality London marathon experience. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time, past some famous landmarks, Buckingham palace and all that and spares you from London's famous rain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:18 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:51 am

The plant in King County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor.

Monkey See
5:35 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has a lot on his mind as the new season of Mad Men gets underway.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:56 am

***For Mad Men fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below.

Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.

Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Despite Havoc, Syrian War Sparks Hope Among Kurdish Minority

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:33 am

With Syria in chaos, minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy. Kurds who fled to northern Iraq from Syria will press those demands when they finally go home.

NPR Story
3:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ahead Of Midterm Elections, Obama Focuses On Voting Rights

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:33 am

President Obama's weekly address dealt with the question of women and equal pay. On Friday, he went to a forum organized by civil rights activist Al Sharpton where he talked about voting rights.

NPR Story
3:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Ukraine Vows To Reclaim Occupied Towns By Force

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:33 am

Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

Around the Nation
6:37 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Breakup Text Is Evidence In Engagement Ring Lawsuit

A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., ruled a woman can keep her engagement ring after her fiance broke things off with a text. Jokingly or not, the man wrote she could keep the "$50,000 parting ring."

Around the Nation
6:37 am
Fri April 11, 2014

When It Comes To Presidential Libraries, Size Matters

George W. Bush explained to a crowd gathered at the LBJ presidential library in Austin, Texas, why the libraries are a competitive thing for former presidents.

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