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8:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Yasmin Thayná: 'I Always Wanted To Make Literature With My Hair'

Brazilian writer Yasmin Thayná, 20, participated in a local program aimed at cultivating artistic talent in low-income communities.
Courtesy of Yasmin Thayná

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 6:07 pm

While NPR's Melissa Block is in Brazil, we'll be showcasing the work of several Brazilian writers. On Tuesday we heard Tatiana Salem Levy's love letter to Rio. Now we turn to 20-year-old Yasmin Thayná, who discovered her love for writing as a teenager when she participated in a local program aimed at cultivating artistic talent in low-income communities.

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From Scratch
8:12 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Marc Lore And Vinnie Bharara, Founders Of Diapers.com

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 12:40 pm

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Marc Lore and Vinnie Bharara, the founders of Diapers.com, the online retail site specializing in baby products.

Harris also talks to Israel Ganot, the co-founder of Gazelle, a company that resells used electronic equipment.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Picture Show
8:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

'This Is Where ...' We Show Off Your Photographs

@ohdeardrea

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 5:23 pm

For our second Public Square assignment, "This is Where," KPCC and NPR asked you to photograph a place with history, big or small. Here are some of our favorite Instagram images and stories.

Look out for the next theme in a few weeks and find us on Instagram. @NPR and @KPCC

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NPR Story
8:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

More Companies Move Away From Traditional Health Plans

Walgreens is among a number of American companies that intend to shift employees from traditional company-based health plans to private exchanges. (time_anchor/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:33 pm

American companies including Walgreens, Sears Holdings Corporation and Darden Restaurants — the owner of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse — have announced plans to shift employees from traditional company-based health plans to private exchanges.

Under the new structure, companies will provide employees with money to buy their own health insurance.

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NPR Story
8:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Duke Energy Is The Latest Big Company To Move Retirees Off Heath Plan

Gibson Station, located in Gibson County, Ind., is Duke Energy’s largest power plant. (Duke Energy/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Starting next year, Duke Energy’s 14,500 retirees will no longer have a company-run health insurance program. Instead they’ll get a stipend from the company, which they can use to buy their own health insurance.

Duke joins large companies including IBM, General Electric, Time Warner, DuPont and Caterpillar that are moving retirees off company-run health plans and offering a direct subsidy.

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NPR Story
8:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Obamacare Fight At Forefront Of Fiscal Debate

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:30 pm

If you feel like you’re experiencing a case of déjà vu, you’re not alone. On Capitol Hill this week, lawmakers are back to debating the budget and debt ceiling.

House Speaker John Boehner embraced a plan yesterday backed by many House GOP members that would provide funding to prevent a government shutdown while simultaneously gutting the Affordable Care Act.

This puts the Obamacare fight at the forefront of the fiscal debate.

Boehner has called for a Friday vote on the measure. NPR’s Ron Elving joins us to discuss the political implications.

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NPR Story
8:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

New Film For IMAX Explores Jerusalem

The sun rises over the Mount of Olives, framed between the Al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya Mosque on the left and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the right. (Dustin Farrell/Jerusalem US LP)

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:33 pm

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7:59 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Afghans Face Ongoing Security Challenges As Elections Approach

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Afghanistan is inching closer to holding presidential elections next spring. The candidate registration process is underway and Afghans are watching to see who will throw their names in the ring.

However Afghans appear to be more consumed with their concerns about the ongoing security challenges across the country, as the Taliban continue to stage high-profile attacks.

NPR’s Kabul Correspondent Sean Carberry joins Here & Now to discuss the latest in Afghanistan.

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NPR Story
7:59 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Boulder Residents Clean Up After Flooding

Debris is piled along Moorhead Avenue in south Boulder, Colo. (Pat Mack/Colorado Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:33 pm

After a week of massive flooding that swamped 17 Colorado counties, the cleanup is in full swing.

Authorities say about 1,500 homes were destroyed and almost 18,000 damaged.

Residents are trying to figure out how and where to dump debris. That’s proving to be quite a challenge for Boulder, which was one of the hardest hit areas.

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7:59 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Man Behind Super Mario's Success Has Died At 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, pictured here in 1992, led Nintendo from 1949 to 2002. (Katsumi Kasahara/AP)

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:33 pm

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The man behind the success of Super Mario Bros. has died.

Hiroshi Yamauchi was the president of Nintendo for more than half a century, from 1949 until 2002. He passed away at age 85.

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