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Go To College, Play Video Games. E-Sports Make A Play For The Big Ten

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:54am

There's no prize money involved, although League of Legends maker Riot Games offers scholarships for the e-sports teams at Ohio State and competitors at other Big Ten campuses.

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Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:18am

For many Asian-Americans, this kind of discrimination means that the pressure to change their names and shed the perpetual foreigner stereotype is strong.

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Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

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Auto Workers' Union To Launch 'Buy American' Campaign

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The leader of the United Auto Workers, the car workers' union, is encouraging people to buy cars built in the U.S. The slogan "Buy American" has a controversial history going back to the Great Depression.

Episode 654: When The Boats Arrive

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:26pm

In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?

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Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:28pm

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

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Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts To Fight Corruption, Critics Say

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:44pm

The global fight against government corruption has often been led by the U.S., but those in the movement's trenches worry that signals being sent by the Trump administration could undercut the effort.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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