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Virtual Schools Bring Real Concerns About Quality

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:08am

E-learning in K-12 is a growing trend, but many schools are underperformers. What's to be done?

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Watch The Super Bowl Or We'll Kick This Dog: The Saddest Ads Ever

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:43am

After years of nearly naked women and crazy animals, the Super Bowl ads had a new theme this year: your heart, and how to break it.

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Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:00am

The president's $3.99 trillion proposal, released Monday, calls for more spending on domestic programs, infrastructure and defense — and includes tax hikes the new Congress is unlikely to approve.

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Fast-Sprouting Acorn Challenges PBS' British TV Dominance

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:02am

The niche digital portal Acorn holds rights to some of the best-known British TV shows. David Folkenflik reports it's now streaming some of those shows on its own, in competition with PBS and the BBC.

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Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:30pm

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

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Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:04pm

The span to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

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Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:59pm

Earlier this week, we hosted a Twitter chat that tackled questions about diversity in public radio and the pressure some journalists of color feel to sound "white."

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Russia's Economic State Is A Reversal Of Fortune For Putin

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:07am

Renee Montagne discusses the state of Russia's economy with Sergei Guriev, a former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Guriev is now living in exile in Paris.

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Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Find Younger Users

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:07am

News organizations tell stories in miniature within a new Snapchat feature in the hope of reaching a new — and younger — audience.

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Winning At Short Selling May Not Be A Reason To Celebrate

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:07am

Our Planet Money team talks to a well-known short seller who tells the story of one stock he bet against. He made a bunch of money, betting against a stock a lot of people liked.

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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:15am

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

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Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:14am

For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.

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Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:10pm

The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.

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With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:16pm

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

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The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:59pm

David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.

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What Fluctuations In Currency Mean For Car Interiors

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:59pm

Big fluctuations in currency — the dollar's up, the euro and yen are down — can seem abstract and meaningful only to traders and multinational corporations. But they have a tangible impact on where jobs are created and even the interiors of the cars we drive.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:56pm

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:54pm

Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists. Yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.

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Senate Prepares To OK Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:21pm

Sixty senators support the measure, but it doesn't appear to have enough backing to override a presidential veto. A vote could come as early as today. The House approved a similar measure this month.

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We Shorted America!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:03am

Most people don't bet that stocks will fall in value, and we wondered why. So we decided to short something ourselves.

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