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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:39am

Protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline have until Wednesday to clean up and go home. Authorities want protesters off the land before the river thaws and floods the camp.

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Toy Fair Shows Off What's New As Toys 'R' Us Cuts 250 Corporate Jobs

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 6:29am

A day before the International Toy Fair opened in New York, Toys "R" Us announced it was laying off between 10 and 15 percent of its corporate employees.

(Image credit: Adam Hunger/AP Images for TOMY)

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 6:00am

There are many challenges to farming: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored: health care costs.

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Art Exhibit Doubles As Used Book Store For Spanish Speakers

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:59am

A traveling Spanish bookstore has opened in Boston, its eighth and last stop. The creator says the art installation responds to the disappearance of bookstores, and the "invisibility" of Spanish.

Adulting School Teaches Young Adults Grown-Up Skills

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:49am

Many young adults struggle with the transition to adulthood, finding it difficult to do things like manage their money and pay bills on time. This new school in Maine is here to help.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Rachel Weinstein)

Uber Orders Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

A former engineer for the ride-hailing app Uber published a blog post this weekend claiming that she faced sexual harassment while working at the company. Uber says it's investigating the allegations.

As Trump Vows To Grow Industry, Countries Move Away From Coal

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

In his campaign to become president, Donald Trump vowed to bring back coal jobs. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming, about the outlook for the coal industry in the U.S.

China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:40pm

China is suspending coal imports from North Korea, one of the country's economic lifelines. The Chinese government says the move is part of United Nations sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:43pm

Uber's CEO has ordered an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer after she published a blog post detailing her experience.

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The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:39am

China produces 520,000 tons of garbage a day. To get rid of it, the government favors burning it, which harms the environment. One answer: sorting garbage and recycling. But that's proved challenging.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

The 'Haze Craze': Beer Lovers' Newfound Obsession With Murky IPAs

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:00am

East Coast brewers have been making unfiltered, unpasteurized, hazy IPAs for about a decade. Their customers love the aromas and murky look of the beers. Now, the hazy beer craze has gone national.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Trillium Brewing Co. )

Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:37am

While a new mattress was often a purchase put off as long as possible, consumers today are replacing their mattresses more often.

(Image credit: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 1:41pm

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

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A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:58am

Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.

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NPR Launches New Tool To Monitor President Trump's Ethical Promises

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 4:38pm

Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax talks about NPR's newly-launched Trump Ethics Monitor, a tool that helps track conflicts of interest between President Trump's businesses and the White House.

As California's Organic Farming Pioneers Age, A Younger Generation Steps In

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 9:00am

The pioneers of organic farming are starting to retire. While some are passing on their farms to family to preserve their legacy, others are getting help finding like-minded strangers.

(Image credit: Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio)

Your Shareable Google Maps Lists May Be Really Interesting To Advertisers

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 7:01am

A new feature allows users to create lists of places and share them with friends. Is Google Maps trying to become a social network or to collect more information about its users? Maybe both.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

GOP Leaders Urge Return To 'High-Risk Insurance Pools' That Critics Call Costly

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:43am

Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.

(Image credit: Mark Zdehchlik / MPR News)

Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:01am

Native American symbols have long caught the eye of non-Native fashion designers. But when it comes to Seminole patchwork designs, where is the line between inspiration and appropriation?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Will O'Leary)

Episode 755: The Phone At The End Of The World

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:47pm

A charismatic populist president wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. She told companies, 'if you want to sell your stuff here, you have to build it here.' This is what happened.

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