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7:33 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

It's Easy Bee-in' Green

Beekeeper Jeff Miller checks the hives on NPR's green roof.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 9:54 am

Shortly after NPR's busy staff moved into the new headquarters building at 1111 North Capitol Street, another, equally busy team, got settled on the roof. While they don't benefit from the space's state-of-the-art studio equipment and collaborative working spaces, they do appreciate the sunshine and sugar syrup. Frankly, they find the whole arrangement pretty sweet.

That's because they're honeybees.

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The Two-Way
7:31 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

eBay To Acquire Payment Processor Braintree For $800 Million

An illustration of online payment service PayPal at LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis, France.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:51 pm

Auction site eBay, which owns PayPal, is buying the online and mobile payment company Braintree for $800 million — an acquisition that eBay's CEO calls "a perfect fit."

The deal, announced Thursday, could help eBay as it tries to convince customers to ditch their credit and debit cards and use PayPal instead.

"Braintree is a perfect fit with PayPal," eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe said in a statement.

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Planet Money
7:30 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

The Key To Power At The Federal Reserve? Running The Meetings

Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 11:12 am

I am asking this sincerely: Why does it matter who the next Fed chairman will be? What difference does it make if Larry Summers or Janet Yellen or someone else heads the central bank?

More to the point: What does the Fed chairman do? What kind of power does he or she actually have?

To find out, I called Joe Gagnon, an economist who worked at the Fed for nearly 20 years and who now works at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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NPR Story
7:16 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Debate In Pakistan Over Taliban Talks

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

In Pakistan, the recent suicide bombings at a church in Peshawar are raising questions about the government’s policy of trying to start a dialogue with the militants.

The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool reports on the debate in Pakistan over talking to the Taliban.

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NPR Story
7:16 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Trucking Companies Try To Prevent Contraband Cargo

On Sept. 6, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry discovered 1,623 lbs. of marijuana in a shipment of limes. (Customs and Border Protection)

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

In recent years, cross-border trucking from Mexico into the U.S. has boomed, with more than 5 million truck crossings in 2012.

For drug smugglers, getting a truckload of illegal narcotics past border authorities means potentially huge profits. At the San Diego port of entry, half of the drugs seized are discovered in cargo trucks.

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NPR Story
7:01 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Hollywood Revs Up For Fall Films

The film "Rush" opens nationwide tomorrow. (rushmovie.com)

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

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NPR Story
7:00 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

College Board: SAT Scores Going Down As GPAs Rise

For the fifth year in a row, fewer than half of the students taking the SAT got "college ready" scores.(biologycorner/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

A report on this year’s SAT scores just came in, and it’s not pretty.

The SAT Report on College & Career Readiness shows that after two years of decline, the national SAT scores were flat this year.

For the fifth year in a row, the report shows that fewer than half of the students taking the test got “college ready” scores.

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NPR Story
7:00 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Omega-3s Good For The Heart, But What About The Brain?

There's a growing body of evidence that eating fish is more beneficial than taking Omega-3 supplements. (jcoterhals/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:55 pm

Contrary to earlier studies, new research suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids may not stave off cognitive decline.

NPR’s Allison Aubrey joins Here & Now to look at why this is hard to pin down, and talk about the body of evidence that finds supplements may not be as effective as eating fish, in protecting the brain.

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Here & Now
6:56 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Obamacare 101: Your Questions Answered

Starting Oct. 1, Americans will be able to buy private health insurance through public exchanges created under Obamacare. (401(K) 2013/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 10:18 am

On October 1st, next Tuesday, health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will be open for enrollment.

Last week we asked listeners for their questions and you’ve sent them. We heard questions about how to enroll, what it means for people on Medicare and what the coverage will cost.

Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News joined us to provide some answers. Since everyone’s situation is a little different, he also shared two pieces of general advice:

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NPR Story
6:56 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

A Different Response To Obamacare: Increase Hours, Insure More Workers

Cumberland Farms, which also owns Gulf Oil, will be increasing employees' hours and insuring 1,500 more workers. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:03 pm

Under Obamacare, larger employers will be required to provide health insurance to employees who work 30 hours or more, or they will have to pay a fine.

The new rules don’t go into effect for another year, but already businesses and state governments are cutting back workers’ hours to avoid the cost of buying more health insurance.

But one large employer is bucking that trend. The convenience store chain Cumberland Farms, which also owns Gulf Oil, will be increasing employees’ hours and insuring 1,500 more workers.

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