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Krulwich Wonders...
6:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

'Why You? Why Now?' A Med Student's Journal

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Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 7:02 am

I guess doctors, especially doctors-in-training, have to get used to sudden, inexplicable endings. You are trained to heal. That's the goal, that's the point. But every so often, you don't win. Something you didn't see coming, comes. I don't know which hurts more, the 'suddenly' or the 'why?" If the patient is clearly dying, it's easier. You can prepare.

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Code Switch
6:44 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin In Death: Whose Story Is It?

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, hears closing arguments in George Zimmerman's trial Thursday in Sanford, Fla. Nearly 60 years ago, Mamie Till used images of her dead son, Emmett, to show the nation how he died.
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Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 12:31 pm

Note: The photo we're talking about is at the top of this Gawker article. Viewers may find it disturbing.

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The Two-Way
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Pakistani Schoolgirl Wounded In Taliban Attack Addresses U.N.

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls' education who was shot in the head by the Taliban, speaks at the United Nations Youth Assembly on Friday.
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Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:59 pm

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, received several standing ovations as she addressed the United Nations on Friday, calling on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling to every child.

In October, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban militants who attacked a schoolbus she was on. She was targeted for her campaign promoting girls' rights.

"They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed," she said.

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Planet Money
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Episode 472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming

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Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:31 pm

Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn't have to be.

On today's show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: Tax carbon emissions.

A carbon tax could be paired with cuts in the income tax. And it would drive down emissions without picking winners or losers, and without creating complicated regulations.

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Planet Money
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

What Actually Happens At The End Of 'Trading Places'?

Feeling good.
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Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 9:41 am

It's been 30 years since Trading Places came out. And, to be honest, I never really understood what happened at the end of that movie. Sure, Louis Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) get rich, and the Duke brothers lose all their money. But what actually happens? How does it work?

I recently talked to Tom Peronis, a guy who has spent years trading OJ options. He walked me through every step of Winthorpe and Valentine's plan.

1. Give The Duke Brothers Bad Information

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Arts & Life
6:43 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

To The Beaches Of Chile, Hallucinogens In Tow

Jamie (Michael Cera) is a reflexively judgmental cynic whose drunken invitation locks him into a road trip with a stranger (Gaby Hoffmann), whose different take on life cracks his shell a little.
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Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Sebastian Silva's 2009 film The Maid examined the physical and psychological demands of working as a nearly indentured live-in housekeeper, and the toll taken by more than 20 years in the same household.

Perhaps in part because Silva based the film on his childhood growing up in Santiago, Chile, the approach to a subject rife with issues of social class was more personal than overtly political.

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NPR Story
6:42 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Why Is The Stock Market Doing So Well?

Trader Edward McCarthy, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, July 12, 2013. (Richard Drew/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:45 pm

U.S. stock futures are up today, a day after the stock market closed at record highs. Given the still sluggish economy, why is the stock market doing so well?

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NPR Story
6:42 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Egypt Government Cracks Down On News Media

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:45 pm

In Egypt, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood are being charged with inciting violence in the days after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian military.

But it’s not just supporters of Morsi who are being targeted.

Andrew Hosken of the BBC reports that members of the media who are seen as sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood are also facing a crackdown.

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NPR Story
6:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Plane Crash Exposes Seat Belt Differences

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Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:20 pm

The Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco had different seat belts for different classes of passengers: lap belts in economy and three-point seat belts in first class.

So why didn’t every seat have the three-point harnesses — the type found in cars?

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NPR Story
6:40 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Food Stamp Advocates Outraged Over Farm Bill

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:45 pm

Republicans have passed a farm bill through the House of Representatives that strips any provisions for food stamps or food banks, in an effort to win conservative votes.

This is the first time the food stamp program has not been included on the farm bill since 1973.

What does this mean for low-income people who depend on food stamps and food banks?

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