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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:55am

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those with classified intelligence.

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Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:55am

An apprenticeship program in New York City helps lower-income and minority students break into advanced sciences. For one, the love of the stars was motivation to tackle the tough field of astronomy.

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In Arkansas, Voters May Get Chance To Raise Minimum Wage

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:54am

Arkansas has some of the lowest wages in the country. It's also home to one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats, raising the stakes for a possible ballot measure to increase the minimum wage.

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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:53am

Karl Sutton belongs to a farmers co-op in Montana where member-owners share costs and revenue. A health insurance co-op appeals to him, too — but can the model grow beyond its niche market?

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Why Is Guinea's Ebola Outbreak So Unusual?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:05pm

The virus does not typically spread as far afield as it has in Guinea — and that makes it much harder to stop.

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Michigan Firefighter Safely Evacuates Snake

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:49am

Residents of Muskegon need to look no further than firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach for all their snake-rescuing needs. He got a 6 foot snake out a burning house when others declined to help the reptile.

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Car Rolls Off Vallet Parking Deck Into Gulf Of Mexico

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:13am

A valet in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., took charge of a $23,000 car. Maybe he forgot to put the car in park. In any case, Channel 2 showed images of the car sinking in a slow and dignified manner.

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Post Arab Spring, Where Do Islamist Parties Stand?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:50am

Steve Inskeep talks with author Shadi Hamid about his new book, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.

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Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:45am

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.

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MGM Announces New 'Pink Panther' Is In The Works

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Hollywood is seeing pink as well. MGM announced on Monday that a new "Pink Panther" movie is in the works. Steve Inskeep and David Greene report.

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Despite Action, N.J. Gov. Christie Warns Again Of Pension Crisis

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says ballooning pension costs are creating a "looming crisis." In 2011, Christie teamed up with legislators to pass a pension overhaul. Local leaders celebrated the plan which raised the retirement age for workers, and required increased contributions from both taxpayers and municipal employees, as a big step toward fiscal health. Three years later, the pension fund is still billions of dollars in debt.

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The Last Word In Business

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

David Greene and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Big Thinkers Discuss How To Prevent Next Financial Crisis

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Bankers, regulators and former senators met in Boston on Monday to discuss the future of the financial system. At issue: Why did regulators fail to prevent the financial crisis that pushed the entire country into recession. And are we doing enough to prevent another crisis?

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Business News

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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It's Illegal But People Can Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Women's groups say female workers can't know if they're being discriminated against if they don't know what others are paid. To foster openness, congressional legislation would ban companies from retaliating if employees discussed pay. But human resource experts say too much transparency is a bad idea.

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Why Burning Wood To Stay Warm Is Back In Vogue

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

The number of homes using wood as the primary source of heat has risen dramatically over the past few years in New England. And after this year's harsh winter, more may turn to the radiant heat of a wood stove. It's partly because of the rising price of heating oil, but partly the desire for home energy independence. Either way, wood stove retailers and cut wood sellers are rejoicing.

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The Divine Miss M's 'View From Abroad'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition host David Greene sits down with Bette Midler at NPR's studios in New York. Her book of remembrances from her first world tour has been reissued.

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