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Disney To Build 'Star Wars' Theme Lands At Parks In Florida And California

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

Coming to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.: an immersive Star Wars land that will be one of Disney's biggest and most expensive theme-park projects.

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Bizarre Workplace Policies? Our Listeners Experienced Them

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

A New York Times article characterized Amazon as a harsh and punishing place to work. That got Morning Edition wondering about the most unusual workplace policies its listeners have experienced.

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China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

David Greene talks to Simon Rabinovitch, the Asia economics editor, for The Economist about China's slowing economy, the global impact and what the government is trying to do.

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FDA Approves First Drug To Improve Libido For Women

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed off on a prescription drug intended to increase sexual desire in women. The nickname for the daily pill is "pink Viagra."

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GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:46am

Social scientists and consumer researchers say the battle over GMOs isn't really about GMOs. They say GMOs have become a stand-in for what consumers really want: less processed, natural food.

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Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:33pm

In Hamburg, home to one of Europe's busiest ports, support for trade is fervent. But many Germans have their doubts about a proposed trans-Atlantic agreement that is expected next year.

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Food Tours Help Keep Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Alive

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

Spain's neighborhood tapas bars are facing competition from big chains. Fortunately, foreign tourists are now discovering them. This story originally aired on June 20, 2015 on Weekend Edition.

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How The Devaluation Of The Yuan Could Have Long-Lasting Effects In Africa

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Deborah Brautigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, about the relationship between the Chinese and African economies.

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Aging Irrigation Systems Lead To Crop Losses In The West

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

Farmers across the West are making do with less water than they are used to. But the problem isn't just lack of rainfall and snowpack. Outdated irrigation systems have led to crop losses and conflict among farmers.

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High Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Goes Overlooked

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:51am

Cost increases for both old and new diabetes drugs are forcing many patients to scramble to pay for them.

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Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:23am

There are so many ways to watch TV now that people often feel liberated from old models. But even under some of the new systems for television, as at your better casinos, the house always wins.

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U.S. Steel To End Operations At Alabama's Fairfield Works Mill

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:22am

U.S. Steel says it plans to close a major operation in Birmingham, Ala. More than 1,100 people are expected to lose their jobs in an area that has long been a center of the region's steel industry.

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NRLB Rules Northwestern Football Players May Not Unionize

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:22am

The decision dismissed a ruling granting the students' petition to join the College Athletes Players Association. But it failed to answer the big question: are student athletes university employees?

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Bloomberg Columnist: Report On Amazon's Work Culture Not Surprising

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Justin Fox, columnist for Bloomberg View, about Amazon's work culture, following a scathing article in The New York Times.

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Northwestern Football Players Lose Bid To Form First Union For Athletes

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Northwestern University football players will not be allowed to unionize after all. The National Labor Relations Board announced Monday it has dismissed a previous ruling by a Chicago regional office in favor of the student athletes. That ruling said scholarship football players at Northwestern fit the common law description of an employee, and as employees, they were entitled to join the College Athletes Players Association. There is no appeal for Monday's decision.

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To Boost Ridership, Houston Revamps Public Transit System

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Over the weekend, the Houston public transit system completely changed. Every bus line, every route, everything is different. Transit officials are trying to create a better and more efficient system. The move is being watched across the country.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Dismisses Claims In 'New York Times' Article

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is pushing back hard against a critical article about the company's workplace in The New York Times. The story said employees are often reduced to tears by harsh criticism and are encouraged to snitch on other workers to managers. Bezos says that is not the Amazon he knows and that anyone working in such a company would be crazy to stay.

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Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country.

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W.Va. Miners Face Uncertain Future As Demand For Coal Drops

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Since 2008, the average price of a ton of U.S. coal has plunged, reflecting a dramatic drop in demand for coal. The industry's decline has also inflicted huge job losses. In a rural, southwestern part of West Virginia, laid-off miners must plan for an uncertain future.

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DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Like a lot of machines, tractors are increasingly run by computer software that has proprietary locks. But if farmers break those locks to fix their John Deere, they are also breaking the law.

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