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U.S. Credit Card Debt To Reach $1 Trillion This Year

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

U.S. credit card debt is about to tip over the $1 trillion mark. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending, about what the rise in debt means for the economy.

The Hidden Discrimination In Criminal Risk-Assessment Scores

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

Courtrooms across the country are increasingly using a defendant's "risk assessment score" to help make decisions about bond, parole and sentencing. The companies behind these scores say they help predict whether a defendant will commit more crimes in the future. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Julia Angwin of ProPublica about a new investigation into risk assessment scores.

Forty Years Ago, The Judgment Of Paris Revolutionized The Wine Industry

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

Forty years ago, the crème de la crème of French food and wine judged a blind tasting pitting the finest French wines against unknown California varieties. The results revolutionized the wine industry.

Small Ohio Town Passes Progressive Parental Leave Policy

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

The Village of Newburgh Heights, outside Cleveland, is a working class community of about 2,500 residents. It's also home to the most progressive parental leave policy of any municipality in the nation. As of last week, public employees will be eligible for six months of paid parental leave after the birth of a child.

TSA Union Calls For More Screeners To Alleviate Long Security Lines

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

The union that represents Transportation Security Administration screeners is calling for 6,000 more screeners to help alleviate long lines at airport checkpoints. It says Congress is to blame for the staffing shortages.

CDC Report Reveals Decline In American Smokers

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed 15.1 percent of adults smoked cigarettes in 2015. That is down 1.7 percent from 2014 and almost 10 percent since 1997. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden explains what's behind the new statistics.

Former White House Ebola Czar Urges Congress To Act Faster On Zika

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator, about his op-ed piece in the Washington Post about the Zika virus. He says the U.S. needs to create a public health emergency management agency, like FEMA for health emergencies, so our country is ready to act quickly without having to wait for Congress.

Bill Cosby Ordered To Stand Trial On Sexual Assault Charges

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

Comedian Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania, a judge ruled Tuesday. The case dates back to 2004 and if convicted, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison.

Donald Trump Dredges Up Clinton Scandals Of The '90s

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

The scandals of the 1990s are back as likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump dubs likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton an enabler of her husband's extra marital affairs.

$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:13pm

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

Why Sanders Requested A 'Recanvass' And Not A 'Recount' In Kentucky

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:13pm

Bottom line: It's cheaper. No actual votes will be tallied, and the difference in delegates might only be one or two even if all the votes were counted and Sanders won.

Author Barney Hoskyns On Bob Dylan And 'Small Town Talk'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 2:52pm

To celebrate Dylan's 75th birthday, hear about his special relationship with Woodstock, N.Y., the subject of Hoskyns' book.

A Guide To The Many Conspiracy Theories Donald Trump Has Embraced

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:57pm

They run the gamut from the JFK assassination to Vince Foster's death to, of course, Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Monsanto Calls Bayer's $62 Billion Takeover Offer 'Financially Inadequate'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:26pm

But the St. Louis-based seed company makes clear it's still willing to negotiate with the German chemical and pharmaceutical giant.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is "a very real fear of mine. I'm glad it happened in fiction and not in real life."

New Mix: The Monkees, Esmé Patterson, Adia Victoria, Matt The Electrician, More

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:44pm

On this week's episode we've got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.

Judge Says Sexual Assault Case Against Bill Cosby Can Go To Trial

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:32pm

A woman who says Cosby assaulted her 12 years ago did not appear in court, but a statement she gave in 2005 was read aloud. A judge decided there was enough evidence to move the case forward.

When Is 2:00 Actually 2:15? Punctuality Around The World

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:30pm

Have you ever shown up for a 10 o'clock meeting at 10 o'clock and found that no one else was there?

Remembering A Forgotten Scandal At Yale

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:20pm

Mark Oppenheimer was surprised to find how the scandal impacted those involved, almost 60 years later.

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