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Student Loans: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 6:09am

Is trade school the ticket? Does the middle class have the worst debt woes? Listeners weigh in with burning student loan questions.

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Buy A 3-Pack Of Wedding Rings, In Case You Lose One

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Brighton Jones co-founded Enso rings — they're squishy, stretchy and colorful. His is one of many companies now making alternatives to metal wedding bands.

The Lessons Of Commercial Flops On Display In Sweden's 'Museum Of Failure'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

A new museum showcasing failed products like Crystal Pepsi is set to open in Sweden. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with the museum's curator, Samuel West, about the lessons in some notable flops.

Episode 766: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part One

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:32pm

For the residents of a small Louisiana town, there's always been a question about their past: How'd they get there? Solving the mystery only raised more questions.

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Murder Video Again Raises Questions About How Facebook Handles Content

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:48pm

A murder video uploaded to Facebook brought attention to how the company monitors upsetting content. Artificial intelligence may be a solution, but experts say it could bring unwanted results.

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Juicero CEO Says Luxury Juicer Is 'Much More' Than Juice; Internet Is Unimpressed

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 1:35pm

The company says its $400 machine cold-presses juice out of packets sold via subscription. Then a Bloomberg News video showed people didn't actually need the press to get juice from the packets.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Super-intelligent Machines Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Data Scientist Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says super-intelligent machines can help us achieve amazing things. But he warns they might bring the end for our species.

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Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.

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Soccer Team Bus Bombing Was Part Of Stock Option Plot, German Prosecutors Say

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:01am

Earlier this month, three explosions went off near a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team. A man has been arrested; authorities say he was trying to drive down the price of the team's stock.

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Immigrants Make This Farm Town Work. Now They're Applying For Citizenship

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:44am

Many immigrants come to Morgan County, Colo., for its plentiful, if grueling, jobs in agriculture. Now, fears about changes to immigration policy under Trump are prompting many to act.

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ExxonMobil Applies For Sanctions Waiver To Work With Russian Company

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:08am

The Wall Street Journal reports that ExxonMobil has applied for a waiver from the U.S. to resume a joint venture with a Russian-owned oil company. David Greene talks with Journal reporter Jay Solomon.

Maine's Immigrants Boost Workforce Of Whitest, Oldest State In U.S.

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:16pm

New immigrants are projected to be the main driver of the U.S. workforce over the next 20 years. That trend is already playing out in Maine, which has an aging white population with a low birth rate.

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The Power Of Television Advertising Walkouts

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeanine Poggi, a reporter for Advertising Age, about the power of advertising in television and the role ad withdrawals played in Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News.

Lawyer Behind West Virginia County Lawsuit Against Opioid Distributors

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:31pm

Pharmaceutical distributors — the middle men in the opioid epidemic — have already been paying out millions to federal and state law enforcement officials for the companies' role in the crisis. But a new front in the legal battle against opioids has opened. One personal injury lawyer in small-town West Virginia has come up with a creative legal theory to go after these distributors so that small, ravaged communities can collect too.

Ivanka's Brand Thrives, Raising Conflict Questions, As She Takes On White House Role

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:31pm

Ivanka Trump handed over her business operations and put her brand in a trust. Now, she has an office in the White House and sits in on meetings with world leaders while her company flourishes.

A Weightlifting Program That Gives Ex-Cons A Chance At Change

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:58pm

It's not easy to go from prison back into regular life. Often, former inmates end up back behind bars. A Boston weightlifting program gives ex-cons and former gang members a job and hope for success.

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The Truth About Ugly Foods: They're Delicious, Abundant And Good For The Planet

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:25pm

From ugly fish like sea robin to the discarded parts of livestock, like ox cheeks and chicken feet, a new book celebrates repugnant-looking but flavorful foods, and urges us to eat more of them.

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GM Halts Operations In Venezuela, Says Plant Was Seized By Government

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:39am

The automaker says its only plant in Venezuela was taken over by public authorities. Employees at the plant tell NPR it was car dealers, not the government, who seized control.

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GM Says Its Plant In Venezuela Was Illegally Seized By The Government

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:39am

The automaker says it has ceased operations in Venezuela after its only plant there was confiscated by authorities. The seizure happened Wednesday, during mass protests against the president.

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