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8:58 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Signs Of A Muted Recovery In Europe

People queue up outside an unemployment registry office in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:59 pm

The number of people without jobs in Europe fell for the first time in more than two years in June, but the overall unemployment rate of 12.1 percent is still a record high.

Among young people in countries like Spain, it’s near 60 percent.

But things are much better in Germany, where the jobless rate is just 5 percent. And that means Germany is a destination for people who can’t find jobs in countries like Spain and Greece.

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8:55 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Summer Slump: Teens Struggle To Find Jobs

Some teens are able to find summer work as lifeguards. (mattwitmer/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 1:04 pm

Young people continue to suffer in the current job market.

A new job report out today shows teen employment remained stagnant from June to July, and there’s been no increase over last year.

Dr. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, says a big part of the problem is that federal programs supporting summer job programs have disappeared.

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8:54 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The President's Economic Agenda

President Barack Obama speaks at an Amazon.com distribution center on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:59 pm

The jobs numbers are out as President Obama wrapped up his economic tour this week.

On his last stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee he announced his proposal for a “grand bargain” starting by lowering the corporate income tax rate.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro was traveling with the president and he joins us for more on the president’s economic agenda.

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8:53 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Mobile 3-D mammography machine to debut in Shreveport

Cutting edge breast cancer detection technology will literally roll into Shreveport Friday, Aug. 9. LSU Health Shreveport has one of only two mobile 3-D mammography machines in Louisiana.

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8:52 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of 'X'

"I started making up questions for myself that I didn't know the answer to, just for the fun of getting back into that euphoric feeling of being puzzled and wanting to solve it." — Steven Strogatz, on how his habits changed after solving a challenging word problem in grade school
Greg Kessler World Science Festival

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Hollywood Formulas

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

If there's actually a secret Hollywood movie formula, we want to see the proof. In a game that will take you right back to your beloved high school algebra and geometry classes, host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants to combine the titles of well-known movies with mathematical terms. For example, "Rectangled" combines the polygon "rectangle" with the title of the film Tangled.

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Real Housewives Of Greek Mythology

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

What's your favorite franchise of Bravo's Real Housewives, Atlanta or New Jersey? How about The Acropolis? In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg stirs up the celestial domestic drama by performing imagined on-camera quotes from female Greek mythological figures. Can you guess the goddess?

Plus, Jonathan Coulton pays homage to another powerful lady with a cover of Bananarama's "Venus."

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Algebraic Music

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

Don't freak out, but this game combines one part name-that-tune, one part doing-math-in-your-head, and a dash of The Proclaimers. It'll be fun, we promise. House musician Jonathan Coulton performs songs that feature a number in their titles, but the numbers have been replaced by algebraic expressions. Contestants must solve for 'x' to make the mathematical expressions in the songs correct.

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Generically Speaking

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

When you hear the phrase, "I need a Band-Aid immediately!" is your instinct to reply, "Actually, it's called an 'adhesive bandage,' Band-Aid is a brand"? Don't be that person--unless you're playing along with this game. Host Ophira Eisenberg offers the generic name and description of a particular product, and you must name the specific trademarked name that commonly describes it.

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Breaking It Down

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

To mark the final season of the TV show Breaking Bad, we've based this game on its opening credits, in which elemental symbols for Bromine (Br) and Barium (Ba) help spell the show's title. House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to spell words using more symbols from the Periodic Table.

Plus, Coulton competes this round with a cover of "Particle Man" by They Might Be Giants.

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