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6:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Planet Money: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

Scott Legato Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 9:39 am

We live in a society full of people who are obsessed with making sure that prices are right and supply meets demand. And then there's the live-music business.

Concert tickets are often too cheap, and the supply is too limited. Scalpers are the proof: If tickets were more expensive to begin with, or if venues were bigger, scalpers wouldn't be able to charge more than face value.

On today's show, we talk to Kid Rock about how he's trying to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Democratic Rep. Edward Markey Wins Mass. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 9:00 pm

Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Kerry. Kerry resigned the seat to become U.S. secretary of state.

Markey, 66, defeated Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a 47-year-old businessman and former Navy SEAL.

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

McKesson CEO's Pension Reported At A Record $159 Million

McKesson CEO John Hammergren, seen here in 2005, has what analysts call the largest pension on record, at $159 million. In his 14 years in a leadership role, the drug distributor's revenues have quadrupled.
George Nikitin AP

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:53 pm

John Hammergren, the chairman, president, and CEO of drug distributor and health care services company McKesson, may have the largest pension for an individual on record, at a reported $159 million. The Wall Street Journal reported on Hammergren's pension Tuesday, citing company filings made last week.

From The Journal:

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Google Reader Replacement Race: Feedly And Digg Reader Make Waves

An image shows the new Digg Reader, built as an option to replace Google Reader. The RSS subscription service will be discontinued on July 1, Google says.
Digg

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:10 pm

With just days remaining before Google pulls the plug on its Reader RSS feed service, reality is sinking in. And the market for free or low-cost replacements is growing, as Digg has rolled out its new reader in the past week. Other companies report a burst of new customers after Google's announcement that it would discontinue its RSS system on July 1.

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It's All Politics
6:36 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Voting Rights Ruling Could Open Lawsuit Floodgates

Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who as a 1960s civil rights activist risked his life for voting rights, expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court VRA decision.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:14 pm

It didn't take long after the news broke about the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision tossing out a key piece of the Voting Rights Act for the fears of voting advocates, or the hopes of VRA critics, to be realized.

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The Two-Way
6:36 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Astronomers Find Trio Of 'Super-Earths' Around Nearby Star

An artist's impression of one of the super-Earth's surrounding the star Gliese 667 about 22 light years from Earth.
ESO/L. Calçada

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 10:45 am

New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.

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Business
6:36 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Nostalgia Products: Making A Tasty Comeback

Customers hoarded Twinkies when Hostess announced it was going out of business in 2012.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:21 pm

Mad Men's suave advertising executive Don Draper may have said it best: "Nostalgia: It's delicate ... but potent."

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This Is NPR
6:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The Curious Listener: Listeners Say Goodbye To 'Talk Of The Nation'

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:02 pm

A two-way dialogue is important in any conversation, especially when you are discussing compelling issues. Over the past two decades, Talk of the Nation has been part of public radio's national conversation with listeners, gathering perspectives and insights into the latest headlines and developments in science, education, religion and the arts.

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This Is NPR
6:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

'Talk of the Nation' Memories: We Changed Almost Everything

Scott Cameron is the senior editor at Talk of the Nation.
Jacques Coughlin NPR

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:10 pm

All this week, we are remembering our favorite moments from the 21-year-run of Talk of the Nation. With so many driveway moment-inducing interviews, hours of live breaking news, segments with familiar voices, and insights from audience members, it's hard to know where to start. So we asked a few of those who worked on Talk of the Nation over the years to share a story or two.

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The Two-Way
6:22 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Arizona Wildfire Kills 19 Firefighters, Deadliest In Decades

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the city of Prescott, Ariz. The elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of the deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades.
City of Prescott Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:17 pm

In what is being called the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least 30 years, an out-of-control blaze trapped and killed 19 firefighters Sunday in central Arizona. They had been forced to use temporary shelters in an attempt to survive.

All of those killed were part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group based in Prescott, Ariz., that uses rigorous training to prepare for fighting wildfires. They are frequently deployed to the front lines of firefighting efforts against such blazes.

Update at 6:04 p.m. ET: Firefighters Identified

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