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1:51 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Downloading A New App? There's Reason For Caution.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:31 pm

How much information sharing is going on in your smartphone? That was something Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer started wondering when she upgraded her phone and discovered that all of her photos had been rearranged according to the geographic location where the pictures had been taken.

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1:50 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Young People Want Equality But Struggle To Discuss Bias

These protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court in favor of affirmative action last fall, but MTV found that majorities of young people, across races, opposed racial preferences of any kind.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:53 pm

One oft-employed generalization about The Kids These Days is that they've grown up free from the legalized discrimination and racial neuroses of older generations, and they will live in a more multicultural world with less racism. But do we even know if that's true?

MTV, that reliable weather vane of popular youth culture, wanted to find out. It polled a nationally representative sample of people ages 14 to 24 about their views on bias and identity.

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5:49 am
Thu May 15, 2014

How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:34 pm

Poor Johannes Kepler. One of the greatest astronomers ever, the man who figured out the laws of planetary motion, a genius, scholar and mathematician — in 1611, he needed a wife. The previous Mrs. Kepler had died of Hungarian spotted fever, so, with kids to raise and a household to manage, he decided to line up some candidates — but it wasn't going very well.

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9:20 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Breaking Things Up: 'Senior Black Correspondent' Gets Colbert Slot

Larry Wilmore accepts the best talk show award for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in June 2013.
Frank Micelotta Invision/AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 9:43 pm

It's not often the gods of TV hand you almost exactly what you ask for.

So it's time to praise Comedy Central for trying something different in late night, handing Stephen Colbert's time slot to the guy who plays The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent," Larry Wilmore.

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9:20 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

What Men Really Want When It Comes to Work

Want to hire smart men? Give them paternity leave.
Laura Doss Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 12:58 pm

Sure, there's salary and vacation time, but there's one more benefit on the minds of many men — even in their 20s and 30s — when it comes to job necessities.

Eighty-nine percent of men say paternity leave is hugely important to them, says a new Boston College study to be published in June.

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9:19 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Episode 538: Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

PATRICK KOVARIK AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:40 pm

A trumpet is more or less a trumpet. A clarinet is a clarinet. But violin or a viola... they are different. More like living breathing things. Hand crafted from wood, from a tree. Every one is different. And, you know the story. Antonio Stradivari, was the master. Some say the greatest violin maker to ever live. The Stradivarius is one of the most powerful and expensive brands in the world.

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3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Meet NPR's New Chief Executive: Jarl Mohn

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

NPR announced the selection of a new CEO. His name is Jarl Mohn, a longtime radio disc jockey and former media executive, who's been a venture capitalist and corporate board member in recent years. The appointment of Mohn follows last year's departure of Gary Knell, who left NPR to run the National Geographic Society.

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1:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

How A Persian-American Love Story Got Its Start In Harlem

Helen and Abol Ghassem's marriage photo, New York City, 1927.
Laleh Bakhtiar Helen of Tus

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:02 pm

Editor's Note: On May 10, Iran Davar Ardalan, a senior producer at NPR, will be the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York. The annual award is given to "American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life," according to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Ardalan's grandfather traveled from Iran and arrived on Ellis Island in 1919.

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1:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Good Listener: Can I Ruin My Wedding By Playing The Wrong Song?

Sing it with us: "I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow. I hope it bleeds all day long..."
Sergey Galushko iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:19 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the flyer for a maid service that disappeared into a massive pile of papers is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when to deviate from traditional wedding-reception music.

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1:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Rescue Mission Ad Campaign Shows How People Ignore The Homeless

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 1:39 pm

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The New York City Rescue Mission’s new ad campaign, “Make Them Visible” is geared to changing the way the homeless are perceived.

The ad asks, “Have the homeless become so invisible… we wouldn’t notice our own family members living on the street?” It then shows five people who walk right by their families dressed as homeless.

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