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Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

How meaningful and trustworthy are seals of approval from the likes of Energy Star and Good Housekeeping? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with advertising expert Lucy Atkinson about their validity.

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This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:52pm

With the advent of the "sharing economy" it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a car. So why not your car bumper, too?

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Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:22am

The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

It was a controversial week for the National Football League. Bloomberg's Kavitha Davidson brings NPR's Scott Simon up to date.

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Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we're courted online to buy just about everything.

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If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

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Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:49pm

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.

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Keychain Breathalyzers May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:44pm

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:42pm

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:00am

Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.

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At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:02am

The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with a record-sized video display and luxury cabanas with swimming pools. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.

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PETA Offers To Pay Detroit Residents' Water Bills If They Go Vegan

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The city cut off water to thousands of households with overdue bills topping $90 million. The animal rights organization stepped in, offering to pay 10 residents' bills if they go vegan for a month.

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All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently exited bankruptcy protection, so the results represent an impressive turnaround.

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Amazon Reports $126 Million Quarterly Loss

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Its growing list of investments, including its first smartphone, which launched last month, are being blamed for the loss, along with its foray into digital content production.

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:21pm

If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.

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Four Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:33pm

Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.

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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:18am

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.

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