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1:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

U.S. Economy Grew At Sluggish 1.7 Percent Pace In Q2

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

The U.S. economy grew from April through June at an annual rate of 1.7 percent – a sluggish pace but stronger than in the previous quarter. Businesses spent more, and the federal government cut less, offsetting weaker spending by consumers.

The government on Wednesday sharply revised down its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.1 percent annual rate from a previously estimated 1.8 percent rate.

NPR’s Yuki Noguchi looks at how a low growth rate affects the entire economy, from the job market to home buying.

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1:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gogol Bordello Goes Beyond Boundaries

Eugene Hütz is frontman of the band Gogol Bordello. (Gogol Bordello)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

The band Gogol Bordello has long been known for its high-energy live performances of their particular brand of gypsy punk rock in shows around the world.

On the band’s new album, “Pura Vida Conspiracy,” frontman Eugene Hütz declares that “borders are scars on the face of the planet.”

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1:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Rep. Amash On Reining In NSA Surveillance

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., comments about the vote on the defense spending bill and his failed amendment that would have cut funding to the National Security Agency's program that collects the phone records of U.S. citizens and residents, at the Capitol, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Republican Congressman Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd district, is often called “the most defiant Republican in the House.”

He recently proposed and led the charge on the amendment that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s program of domestic surveillance.

That program was brought to light when Edward Snowden — the former N.S.A. contractor — leaked government documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post.

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NPR Story
12:52 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Jay-Z And Harry Belafonte's Intergenerational Feud

Jay-Z, left, and Harry Belefonte. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

Perhaps you’ve been following the feud — if you can call it that — between civil rights icon Harry Belafonte and megastar Jay-Z.

Last year, Bellafonte was asked if he was happy with the image of minorities in Hollywood. Not at all, Belafonte said, and then went on to call out high-profile artists and celebrities who he said “have turned their backs on social responsibility.”

Belafonte went on to name Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, as prime examples.

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NPR Story
12:51 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

How Subtle Factors Influence Our Eating

Your food choices may be influenced by what your mom ate when you were in the womb. (This Year's Love/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:55 pm

A growing body of evidence suggests that subtle factors — things we’re not even aware of — influence our food choices. Everything from how our mothers ate when we we were in the womb, to what sorts of smells or noises are in the background while we dine.

NPR food and health correspondent Allison Aubrey joins us to discuss some of the latest research in this field.

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12:51 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Peace Talks To Resume Amid Skepticism

Secretary of State John Kerry stands between Israel's Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, right, and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, as they shake hands after the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the State Department in Washington. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

This week, Israeli and Palestinian officials met for the first time in years to try and jump start the Middle East peace process.

The sessions in Washington followed four months of shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said yesterday that negotiators from both sides have agreed that all the difficult issues will be on the table when the talks resume in two weeks.

But in the Middle East, there’s skepticism that any real agreements will be reached this time.

The BBC’s Bethany Bell reports from Jerusalem.

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1:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Writing And Living On Martha's Vineyard

Lambert's Cove Beach in West Tisbury, on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (vbecker/Flickr)

This weekend, the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival takes place in the island towns of Edgartown and Chilmark, Massachusetts.

Here & Now co-host Jeremy Hobson sits down with two writers, Ward Just and Laura Wainwright, who both make the Vineyard their home year-round.

They talk about the distractions of being in a place that’s a tourist haven three months of the year, as well as the beauties of living on the island.

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1:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Obama Proposes Cuts In Corporate Tax Rates

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

U.S. home prices continue to surge. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index out today shows a 12 percent increase in May compared to a year ago.

Low interest rates and an improving job market are boosting demand for homes and driving prices up.

President Obama is out with a plan that he says will improve the job market even more. The president is touring an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn. to announce a so-called “grand bargain” to overhaul the corporate tax system.

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1:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Valley Fever Strikes Hard In California Towns

Arthroconidia of Coccidioides immitis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:21 am

Often considered a “silent epidemic,” valley fever officially infected 22,000 Americans in 2011 — most of them in California and Arizona — but some think the numbers are much higher.

It’s an infection that can wreak havoc on the lungs, heart, bones and in some cases the brain. At its worst, its fatal.

Valley fever is prevalent in hot, dry climates and it’s thought to spread through contact with soil.

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Data-Driven Parenting: A Mom Who Tracks Everything

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Many parents look to parenting books and blogs for tips on raising their children. Amy Webb prefers to collect and analyze her own data to direct her parenting style.

“I measure everything my kid does,” reads her recent column in Slate. “And I track it on spreadsheets. Really — every single thing. Even every poop. And it makes me a better parent.”

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