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11:01 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: It's 'Common Sense'

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 1:44 pm

If you're a parent, you may have wondered what your kids are texting to each other or posting on their Facebook pages. Or maybe you've thought about it and decided you don't want to know.

That's not the best approach, says child advocate James Steyer. Steyer runs Common Sense Media, an organization that helps parents decide which kinds of technology are age-appropriate for their kids.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Everyone's A Critic: Yelp Reviews

Victor1558 Flickr

There's that old saying everyone’s a critic, and at no point in human history does this ring more true. In our wired world, we love to discover new places to whine and dine.

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Business
10:46 am
Tue May 22, 2012

How Much Can Potential Employers Ask About You?

Massachusetts lawmakers tried and failed to pass legislation that would have required criminal history checks, urine screening and fingerprinting and photographs of all new hires at the state Gaming Commission.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 1:03 pm

Everyone knows it's tough to get a job these days. The task is that much harder if you have any kind of blemish on your past.

The use of background checks to screen potential employees has become a billion-dollar business. More than 90 percent of employers in the U.S. conduct criminal background checks, at least on some potential hires, according to a recent study by the National Consumer Law Center.

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Business & Tech
10:34 am
Tue May 22, 2012

AMC Acquired By Chinese Wanda Group

China-based Dailan Wanda Group Corp. has acquired Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment in a $2.6 billion deal.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

'Picture Perfect Launch' For Private Rocket Headed To Space Station

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifted off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 9:09 am

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Up to Date
11:03 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Techsperts: Free WiFi (Everwhere!), Laptop Lookout & Google Drive

Now that Disney and Nintendo have decided to offer free WiFi, can we expect to find it throughout the land?

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Central Standard
3:15 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime)

Gregory Mankiw

Every president and presidential candidate has an economic advisor, but how influenced are these positions by politics?

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Central Standard
8:09 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Financial Advice: Graduates

om5com / flickr

This Monday on Central Standard, we ask recent grads to put down their diplomas and take a look at their bank statements. We'll be joined by our Cash Money Clique of Financial Advisors with tips for recent grads who may know enough to be Doctors and Biology Teachers, but need a quick course in paying off those loans.

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Up to Date
10:28 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Alan Turing: Father Of Modern Computing Science

Alan Turing, sculpted by Stephen Kettle

A new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art at KU, entitled Cryptograph, celebrates Alan Turing, a visionary British mathematician whose work formed the conceptual basis for the modern computers that we use today.

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All Tech Considered
3:42 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Facebook's Success Hinges On How Much More It Can Learn About Us

Investors will be betting that Facebook won't make its users so uncomfortable over privacy that they quit.
Photo Illustration: Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:49 pm

This week, All Things Considered is hitting refresh on its All Tech Considered segment — taking you into the changing landscape of technology and how it intersects with everyday life. From Silicon Valley to China, we'll feature stories from around the world, stay on top of innovations that matter — and get you the news you need to know. Every Monday, we'll preview the week's big tech stories.

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All Tech Considered
2:57 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Algorithms: The Ever-Growing, All-Knowing Way Of The Future

Quid's algorithm mapping software shows where discussion of higher taxes is taking place. Yellow dots represent articles that focus on taxation, while the teal dots show articles that don't.
Courtesy of Quid

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 4:24 pm

My favorite movie, Days of Heaven, is at the top of my recommendations list on Netflix. But I've never actually watched it on Netflix, so how did they know I like it?

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Computer Guys: The Internet Of Things

Andy Bardill Flickr

As of 2008, the number of inanimate objects connected to the Internet exceeded the world population. Experts predict that by the year 2020, there will be more than 50 billion things, from animals to toasters, connected to the web.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Dawn Mission Provides Evidence That Asteroid Vesta Is Indeed A Protoplanet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 3,200 miles.
NASA

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:20 pm

Data from a mission to the second largest body in the asteroid belt that's between Mars and Jupiter seems to confirm that Vesta is indeed a protoplanet that dates back to the early days of our solar system.

Space.com reports that scientists theorized that Vesta had started down the path toward becoming a planet and data from the Dawn Mission confirms those suspicions. Space.com reports:

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Hiring Slowed In April, Report Signals

Businesses added just 119,000 jobs to their payrolls in April, a sharp drop from an estimated 201,000-gain in March, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

The private group's report is "a troubling sign" two days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its figures on April employment growth and unemployment, The Associated Press says.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:09 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Robots Win Battle For Attention At Science Fair

Budding scientists, engineers and doctors lined up to try surgical robots from Intuitive Surgical at a science festival in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.
Scott Hensley NPR

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:32 pm

Kids love robots.

A family visit to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington this weekend drove that point home again and again.

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Central Standard
2:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship

Robert Weems, Professor of Business History at Wichita State
Wichita State University

An American president once said that black power is the power that people should have over their own destinies, the power that comes from participation in the political and economic process of society. That president? Richard Nixon.

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Economy
7:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Is Moderate Growth Good For The Economy?

Growth will remain low and consumers will be cautious as long as unemployment stays high, economists say.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The U.S. economy hit the recession exit ramp nearly three years ago, but it's been lost on the back roads somewhere near Recoveryville ever since.

Growth rates have been modest at best compared with the 4-plus percent growth in the years well before the U.S. began slouching toward its worst post-World War II recession.

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Central Standard
12:07 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Financial Advice vs. Infotainment

photophonic Flickr

Staying more frugal than foolish is increasingly complicated. Sources for financial advice no longer come from a few trusted sources, and in the realm of the 24-hour news cycle, there are more and more venues for amateur advice. On this Monday's Central Standard, our CA$H MONEY CLIQUE discusses where to turn.

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Business & Tech
5:07 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Bottled Water Helps Lead Town To Casino Dollar Freedom

Thirst quenchers at groundbreaking of new Riverside bottled water plant include appropriate brand.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

One hundred more jobs are expected to result from construction of a private-label bottled water plant in suburban Riverside. The town mayor says the development could lead to independence from casino income.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Wed April 25, 2012

He's 'Never Asked A Prime Minister For Anything,' Rupert Murdoch Says

This video grab from pooled footage shows Rupert Murdoch testifying earlier today in London.
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  • Philip Reeves speaks with Renee Montagne

Among the highlights so far today during Rupert Murdoch's testimony in London before an inquiry into the ethics of the British news media, and his News Corp. tabloids in particular, is this quote from the media mogul:

"I've never asked a prime minister for anything."

NPR's David Folkenflik, who is live-tweeting, and NPR's Philip Reeves, who has been filing radio reports, will have more as the inquiry continues.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Orders For Durable Goods Drop Sharply

Orders for equipment, appliances, aircraft and other so-called durable goods fell 4.2 percent in March from February, the Census Bureau reports.

It's the second decline in the past three months and the biggest monthly dip in three years. Much of the drop in March was due to a decline in orders for aircraft. "But companies also ordered less machinery and other equipment, a sign manufacturing output may slow," The Associated Press writes.

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Central Standard
3:18 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Main Street Kansas City

During our last presidential election, there was a lot of talk about Main Street vs. Wall Street. But here in Kansas City, our Main Street is home to big-business and to small-businesses, to restaurants and to empty storefronts, to innovative theaters and payday lending shops.

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Law
3:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Firm Leaves Miss. After Its Prison Is Called 'Cesspool'

In 2010, former inmate Ross Walton describes mistreatment he says inmates received from guards. Faced with a court order to reform the Walnut Grove juvenile prison, the company managing the prison is leaving Mississippi.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 7:06 pm

One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in rural Mississippi, the private company managing the prison is out. A report by the Justice Department describes "systemic, egregious and dangerous practices" at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.

As those words imply, the official report is scathing.

Federal Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the youth prison "has allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk."

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Home Prices Continue Downward Drift

A sign of the times, last year in Tigard, Ore.
Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 9:17 am

"Broadly-speaking, home prices continued to decline in the early months of the year," according to economist David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices.

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Focus On Murdochs Shifts: Were They Bamboozling British Politicians?

A video grab from pooled footage taken inside the Leveson Inquiry shows former News International executive chairman James Murdoch giving evidence at the High Court in London earlier today.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 8:59 am

  • Philip Reeves on 'Morning Edition'

Half-way through today's hearing in London into the Murdoch family's "scandal-tarred British newspaper unit," and the ethics of British media outlets, the inquiry's focus has shifted, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Tue April 24, 2012

It's Zip It Day On Google

Google

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:31 am

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Business
4:39 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Bankrupt American Airlines Spars With Unions

American Airlines and American Eagle employees protest Monday in New York City against American's plans to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy court protection. American is seeking permission to break up union contracts and cut expenses, but the unions oppose those plans and support a potential takeover bid by US Airways.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:24 pm

With US Airways breathing down its neck, making nice with its unions as well as its creditors, American Airlines came to New York City on Monday to ask a federal bankruptcy judge for relief. Mostly, American wants relief from its unions — 13,000 jobs would be eliminated under its reorganization proposal. American has been hemorrhaging money for years and wants to lower its costs to compete.

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The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed

Students from John Moores' University celebrate graduation.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

It's hard out there for a college grad.

The AP analyzed government data and came up with this stunning figure: "Half of young college graduates [are] either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge."

The whole story is worth a read, so we encourage you to click over, but here is the meat of the AP's analysis:

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Mon April 23, 2012

DARPA Explains Crash Of Hypersonic Glider

This US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) artists rendering shows the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).
AFP/Getty Images

The forces on the unmanned hypersonic glider tested last summer by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) were so great that large parts of its skin peeled off causing its emergency system to plunge it into the ocean.

As we reported last August, the Falcon HTV-2 "was shot up on a rocket and right at the edge of space, it separated and glided through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph."

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Business
3:35 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:36 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Though those price drops have been leveling off, so things definitely aren't as bad as they were.

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