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11:20 am
Thu April 9, 2015

7 Out Of 10 Americans Worried About Finances

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Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:23 pm

New surveys out this month suggest Americans still don't understand the value of saving. Millennials are not saving, primarily because of student debt and low wages.

But it's not just young people. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling released a survey showing seven in 10 Americans still say they are consistently worried about their finances.

There is evidence that Americans have gotten better at managing credit card debt, but bottom line, the survey finds people are not getting their finances in good order.

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12:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tsarnaev Convicted On All Charges In Marathon Bombing

A jury has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of all 30 counts he faced stemming from the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Of the 30 charges, 17 are punishable by death.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings, but said his now-dead older brother was the driving force behind the deadly attack.

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12:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Police Chief 'Sickened' By S.C. Shooting Video

Anthony Scott holds a photo of himself, center, and his brothers Walter Scott, left, and Rodney Scott, right, as he talks about his brother at his home near North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Walter Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (Chuck Burton/AP)

A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense has been fired and faces murder charges after a bystander’s video recorded him firing eight shots at the man’s back as he ran away. The city’s mayor also said he’s ordered body cameras to be worn by every single officer on the force.

The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been fired, but the town will continue to pay for his health insurance because his wife is eight months pregnant, said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, who called it a tragedy for two families.

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12:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor?

Steam billows from the cooling towers at Exelon's nuclear power generating station February 17, 2006 in Byron, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nuclear energy is fraught. What do you do with the spent radioactive fuel rods? What happens if there’s a meltdown? These worries have led many to write the whole thing off, and some to rebel against it. But a startup in Cambridge, Mass., thinks things can be different – like, revolutionary different. Ari Daniel, with Here & Now’s tech partner IEEE Spectrum, has our story.

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11:50 am
Tue April 7, 2015

TV Owns Your Sunday Nights

Season 5 of the critically acclaimed TV show, Game Of Thrones, premiers on HBO this Sunday night. (Helen Sloan/HBO/Facebook)

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 2:02 pm

If you have plans Sunday night, NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans says you may want to cancel.

This Sunday, April 12, there are new episodes of nine critically-acclaimed television shows, including AMC’s “Mad Men,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and CBS’s “The Good Wife.”

Deggans tells Here & Now’s Robin Young exactly why there are so many great shows on Sunday, how to manage the watch-load throughout the week and whether television can keep up with this golden age.

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11:50 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Run Like Meb: Training Tips From An Olympic Marathoner

Meb Keflezighi's new book is a guide for runners training for the marathon. He is the 2014 Boston marathon winner and an Olympian. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Meb Keflezighi has been running at a world class level for more than a decade, going back to his first Olympic Games in 2000. He knew he wasn’t ready to win a medal in that race, but he knew that if he kept training and working hard someday the medals and the victories would come. They have.

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11:50 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Low Oil Prices Hurt Recycling Industry

A former World War II bomber hangar in Binbrook, U.K., is used by CK Group to house materials for recycling. (Georgi Kantchev/The Wall Street Journal)

Low oil prices are starting to have an impact on an industry that might surprise people – recycling.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, “Plastic is often derived from oil, and there used to be money in recycled scrap. Not anymore. The fall in oil prices has dragged down the price of virgin plastic, erasing the recyclers’ advantage.”

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to Georgi Kantchev of The Wall Street Journal about the impact of oil prices on recycling.

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12:33 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Pro-Russian Forces May Challenge Ukraine's Fragile Ceasefire

A Russia-backed rebel enters the destroyed building of Donetsk Airport just outside Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, April 2, 2015. OSCE monitors accompanied by pro-Russian rebels visited the ruins of Donetsk Airport and nearby areas to monitor the situation on the ground and discuss the observance of February’s cease-fire. (Mstyslav Chernov/AP)

Is Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire in danger? That’s what retired General Wesley Clark, the former supreme commander of NATO thinks.

Clark tells Defense One he believes pro-Russian forces are getting ready for a spring offensive that could run into May – May 9 to be exact, or what is known as Victory Day or V-E Day in Russia.

“We see planning in Russia to celebrate this. It would be wonderful for Putin if he could wrap up his conquest and celebrate it on that day if the allies are boycotting his celebration,” said Clark in an interview with Patrick Tucker.

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12:33 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

How Long Would It Take To Fall From One Side Of Earth To The Other?

How long would it take to fall through the Earth? Alex Klotz's new calculation is four minutes shorter than previous accepted answer. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The question is often posed to physics students who have always given answers under the assumption that Earth has uniform mass. But now, Alex Klotz, a McGill University grad student, has come up with a new calculation that challenges this concept.

His findings were published in the American Journal of Physics – a publication of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

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12:33 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Remembering Victor Gotbaum, 93, New York Labor Leader

Victor Gotbaum speaks at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on November 19, 1977. (MSG/AP)

Victor Gotbaum, one of the nation’s most powerful and prominent labor leaders during the 1970s and 80s, has died. Gotbaum led a New York branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), during a tense era in American labor history. He is also credited with helping New York City avoid bankruptcy in 1975. Victor’s daughter, Rachel Gotbaum, has worked with Here & Now and WBUR for years as a producer and reporter.

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12:30 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and so we’re re-running our conversation with the Pulitzer Prize winning author of, “A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention.” The book tells the story of a young college student in Utah, who was texting while driving when he struck and killed two rocket scientists.

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12:30 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

What Lifting Sanctions On Iran Could Mean For Oil Prices

An Iranian oil worker rides his bicycle at the Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 22, 2014. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 2:48 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today that his country will stand by the commitments it made in the nuclear deal, as long as the U.S. and other world powers stand by theirs. A big part of the framework agreement, announced yesterday, is the lifting of Western sanctions on Iran, including on the export of Iranian oil.

Oil prices fell yesterday on news of the agreement, even though it’s still unclear when sanctions on Iranian oil might actually be lifted.

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12:30 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

How Indiana And Iran Are Shaping The 2016 Election

With 83 weeks to go until the next presidential election, the candidates – both official and unofficial – were under the microscope, as two big political stories captured the week’s headlines.

The divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence and later revised, was barely days old when it began affecting the Republican field. And a tentative Iran deal received criticism from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and praise from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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12:36 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

LED Cello Lights Up The Stage

Maya Beiser plays an electric cello enhanced with LED lights. (Erika Harrsch)

Tonight, the renowned avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser will perform at the Dillon Art gallery in New York City. Though Beiser is known for her passionate interpretations of modern music, at this show she’ll be playing an instrument that’s nearly as intense as she is: an electric cello enhanced with LED lights. Jean Kumagai, from Here & Now’s tech partner IEEE Spectrum, has this report.

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12:29 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

World Powers, Iran Reach Framework For Nuclear Deal

After marathon negotiations, the United States, Iran and five other world powers announced a deal Thursday outlining limits on Iran’s nuclear program so it cannot lead to atomic weapons, directing negotiators toward a comprehensive agreement within three months.

Reading out a joint statement, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hailed what she called a “decisive step” after more than a decade of work.

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12:29 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Undocumented Workers: The New Labor Movement?

"The Hand That Feeds" is a documentary by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick about a shy, undocumented immigrant sandwich-maker who sets out to end abusive conditions at a New York restaurant chain. (Eleazar Castillo)

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 2:03 pm

The new documentary “The Hand That Feeds” follows a group of undocumented immigrants who work at the Manhattan deli chain Hot & Crusty.

Because of their immigration status, these employees are taken advantage of. Many are working seven days a week without a break and making less than minimum wage.

The film follows the workers in their struggle to organize their own union. It’s a story that shows how despite the decline of labor union membership, new kinds of worker groups are forming.

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6:38 am
Thu April 2, 2015

California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered state officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought.

In an executive order issued Wednesday, Brown ordered the state water board to implement reductions in cities and towns to cut usage by 25 percent.

The move will impact residents, businesses, farmers and other users.

Brown says the historic drought demands unprecedented action.

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11:26 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Airport Codes: Three Letters And A Few Unsolved Mysteries

Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn created the website airportcod.es, which links hundreds of three-letter airport codes with a pretty picture and a brief story about the airport. (Screenshot from airportcod.es)

When I was boy, my mother worked in the sky. She was a flight attendant. Each month she brought home a new paper booklet, a schedule that listed every Southwest Airlines flight.

The map on the back was a spaghetti bowl of intersecting lines. A short hop from PHX to LAX. In the Midwest, it was MDW straight to STL. And DAL nonstop to LBB.

Who knew the flight from Dallas Love Field to Lubbock, Texas, could be so exciting!

There was a promise of adventure in every one of those little letters, and I memorized as many as I could.

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11:26 am
Wed April 1, 2015

God Is Everywhere, At Least On TV

NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" tells the New Testament story of what happened after Jesus' crucifixion. (NBC)

This week, ahead of Easter and Passover, TV is flooded with religious programming. Everything from CNN’s fact-finding mission on Jesus called “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” to National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Jesus” from Bill O’Reilly.

There’s also NBC’s sequel to “The Bible” with “A.D. The Bible Continues” and “The Dovekeepers” on CBS, about the Siege of Masada.

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11:22 am
Wed April 1, 2015

More Than A Garnish: 6 Great Parsley Recipes

Parsley is so much more than a garnish. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst shares six recipes. (Kathy Gunst)

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 11:26 am

Do you think of parsley as a decoration? For Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst, parsley is so much more than the sum of its sprigs. Parsley plays an important part in Passover celebrations and often appears on Easter tables at well. Kathy joins hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to talk parsley and share these six recipes:

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