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10:33 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Tweet Chat: Chasing Down Polio, Eradication In Sight

Ado Ibrahim carries his son Aminu through a village in northern Nigeria. Aminu was paralyzed by polio in August.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:26 pm

Polio is on the ropes.

Thanks to vigorous efforts to eradicate the virus through vaccination, there are only three countries on the face of the earth where polio is still endemic.

Reported cases of the paralytic virus worldwide stand at 177 so far this year compared with 350,000 in the late 1980s.

Can polio be wiped out? The target is within sight.

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It's All Politics
10:32 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Redistricting In Maryland Imperils Longtime Congressional Republican

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Sept. 21, 2011. After two decades in Congress, a redrawn district has put his re-election in question.
T.J. Kirkpatrick The Washington Times /Landov

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Democrats have an uphill battle to take control of the House of Representatives in November. But one bright spot for the party is in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

State Democrats redrew the district's boundaries, and now it favors their party. That leaves 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in trouble.

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Planet Money
10:27 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Manufacturing Jobs Aren't Coming Back, No Matter Who's President

St. Louis Fed

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 1:33 pm

The percentage of Americans working in manufacturing fell under President Reagan. It also fell under Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama (respectively).

Which is to say, the decline of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. economy is not about who is president or what his policies are. It's the result of long-running, irreversible, historical factors (read: technology and globalization).

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Planet Money
10:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Episode 410: Why K-Pop Is Taking Over The World

Not a fluke.
Hye Soo Nah AP

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 9:03 pm

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America used to lead the world in making cars. Now we don't. China does.

We used to be the number one maker of steel. American steel built bridges and ships all over the world. Not anymore.

But the world's most popular music still comes from American artists. Turn on a car radio in Italy, walk into a store in Mozambique, and there's a good chance you'll hear an American pop tune.

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All Songs Considered
10:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

CMJ 2012: Discoveries Day Two

Drummer Zach Hill of Sacramento-based band Death Grips, during the group's speaker-busting set at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Loren Wohl for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:54 pm

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This Is NPR
10:24 am
Fri October 19, 2012

"America's Got Talent" Winner Terry Fator Loves NPR

Terry Factor at NPR Member Station KNPR.
Christopher Smith KNPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 11:57 am

Nevada Public Radio sent us this photo of ventriloquist and comedian Terry Fator, winner of NBC's America's Got Talent, showing some NPR love (along with his friend "Winston").

Last month Fator performed two shows at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, supporting KNPR.

This Is NPR
10:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

2013 NPR Wall Calendar: March

Dadu Shin NPR

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:40 pm

"Through NPR, I travel to places I can't usually go. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of radio. Even in interviews, people talk about their experiences and their stories. I feel like NPR allows me to temporarily go to different places and connects me to experiences and events I wouldn't have the knowledge of otherwise."

Dadu Shin
@dadushin
Listens to WNYC, New York, NY

Deceptive Cadence
10:22 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:19 am
Fri October 19, 2012

One Step Closer To The Quantum Future

Serge Haroche
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:31 pm

This year's Nobel Prize for physics was given to Serge Haroche of Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and to David Wineland from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Both have pioneered methods to manipulate quantum systems, that is, entities living in the world of atoms, electrons and other particles.

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Planet Money
10:19 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Ask A Banker: What's A Derivative?

Paul Goyette Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:27 pm

Hi! Remember me? I was a banker. Now I am a guy who answers your questions, when I'm not writing for Dealbreaker. You can send questions to planetmoney@npr.org with "ask a banker" in the subject line, or ask on Twitter (@planetmoney).

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