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12:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Report: Families Reaching Limit In Paying For College

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:52 am

The authors of a just-released report say “we’ve entered into a post-recession reality in how families are paying for college.”

Education lender Sallie May’s annual report on how Americans pay for college shows that the use of college savings plans is at its highest level, even as annual spending has leveled out to $21,178.

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12:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

First-Time Home Buyers Still Being Shut Out

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There has already been lots of news on housing this week. Tomorrow, the Federal Reserve will released data on new residential sales.

Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales dipped 1.2 percent in June. The good news is that number is 15.2 percent better than where we were June of last year.

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10:41 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Off The Campaign Bus, Seeing Iowa By Bicycle

NPR's Don Gonyea talks on the phone with Here & Now's Robin Young. (NPR)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:08 pm

The Des Moines Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) kicked off this weekend.

This year, NPR’s national political correspondent Don Gonyea is riding in the pack. Here & Now catches up with him as he heads east toward Des Moines.

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10:41 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Bald Eagles Bring People Together In Connecticut

A bald eagle adult and chick in a nest in Hamden, Conn. (Michael Lejeune/WNPR)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:08 pm

After World War II, the population of American bald eagles was devastated by DDT — a pesticide that was put into heavy use to control mosquitoes and other insects.

After DDT was banned in 1972, bald eagles rebounded from 417 breeding pairs in 1963 to more than 11,000 today in the lower 48 states.

Eagles were taken off the federal endangered species list in 2007, but they’re still considered “a species of concern” in many states. And in Connecticut, their status is “threatened,” so sightings there are not all that common.

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10:41 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Women Not Just On The Sidelines In Summer Film

Actress Lili Taylor is one of the stars in "The Conjuring." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 12:08 pm

The Conjuring” rules at the box office. The haunted house thriller pulled in more than $41 million in its opening weekend.

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr finds the movie intriguing.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Story By ‘Catch-22’ Author Published For First Time

Author Joseph Heller in his publisher's office in New York City on October 9, 1974. (Jerry Mosey/AP)

Sometime between the late 1940s and early 1950s — before he wrote “Catch-22” — author Joseph Heller wrote a short story called “Almost Like Christmas.”

The story of racism and violence in a small town has most likely never been published, but it will now see the light of day.

“Almost Like Christmas” is being published by The Strand Magazine. Strand’s managing editor Andrew Gulli discovered the work at a library at Brandeis University.

The short story does not feature the humor that came to be Heller’s hallmark.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Online Buffett Class: A Lesson In Charitable Giving

Sibblings Warren Buffett and Doris Buffett. (Sunshine Lady Foundation Inc.)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

Thanks to her younger brother, Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett has a lot of money to give away.

Now, her foundation, Learning by Giving, is partnering with Northeastern University to offer an online course on effective charitable giving.

Giving With Purpose” is a MOOC — a massive open online course — free and open to everyone.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Can Obama Do About The Economy?

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

This Wednesday, almost five years after the financial crisis that stirred the 2009 recession, President Barack Obama will begin a campaign-style journey across the Midwest to focus on the economy.

With Congress deadlocked in partisan strife, what can the president actually do to restart this conversation?

We ask Heidi Moore, is the U.S. finance editor for The Guardian.

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11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

What Is It About 'The Big Lebowski'?

Participants dressed a John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak chat at the 12th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joseph Lord/WFPL)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

This year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” a film that baffled critics and audiences but has spawned perhaps the most loyal cult following of any movie released in recent years.

The epicenter of Lebowksi re-evaluation is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the inaugural Lebowski Fest, a celebration that has brought fans of “The Dude,” as he’s known, together for the last dozen years, and has been replicated across the country.

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11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A Quiet Turn From A Former Punk Rocker

Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide. (Courtesy of the artist)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

 

Clem Snide is the musical pen name of Israeli-born singer named Eef Barzelay. He just posted a compilation of songs called “We Leave Only Ashes” on the music website Bandcamp.

Our song of the week is one of those tracks, “We Are Flowers.”

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11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Royal Baby Could Inherit $1 Billion

A British police officer, backdropped by members of the media, stands outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Officials at Buckingham Palace say Kate is in labor.

The new arrival — the couple’s first child — will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William.

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12:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama: Black Americans Feel Pain In Martin Verdict

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Washington, about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:45 pm

President Barack Obama says black Americans feel pain after the Trayvon Martin verdict because of a “history that doesn’t go away.”

Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last Saturday.

Obama says African Americans view the case through “a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.” He says black men in particular are used to being feared and blacks see a disparity in the way they are treated under the law.

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11:47 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, In His Own Words

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam goes by the stage name Iron & Wine. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, who’s better known by his musical persona Iron & Wine, spoke about his influences, making art and his new album, “Ghost On Ghost,” after a performance at the Boston Public Library.

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11:47 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Trying To Keep Cool, Across The U.S.

Jameek Delmonte of Brooklyn sells cold water on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Barclays Center on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Jon Gerberg/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:45 pm

Much of the U.S. is sweltering under a heat wave that’s expected to lift this weekend.

We check in with an air conditioning repair service about how business has been and how repairmen are staying cool.

Copyright 2013 WBUR-FM. To see more, visit http://www.wbur.org.

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ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

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11:47 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Abortion Pill Sellers In Mexico Expect Boom From Texas

Dr. Celia Gomez (center) says American girls as young as 14 years old regularly stop by her clinic, just over the border from Laredo, Texas, seeking an abortion. (Joy Diaz/KUT)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:45 pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a new law yesterday that bans abortion after 20 weeks, and increases the standards for clinics and doctors who provide abortions.

Clinics have a little more than a year to upgrade to ambulatory surgical centers, and critics say it will force as many as 37 of the state’s 42 clinics to close.

Women in rural and poor areas of Texas will be the most affected.

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10:51 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Listener Letters: Tyson Gay

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:45 pm

There was a little misunderstanding over something we said recently. In promoting the story of Tyson Gay, the elite runner who admitted that he’s tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, we said “Tyson Gay, say it isn’t so!”

We heard from one irate listener who wrote “Shame on you!” She joins us to explain.

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10:50 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Comic-Con International Hits San Diego

A Stormtrooper makes his way through the crowd during Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:45 pm

Storm troopers, bat men and every alien you can think of are descending on the streets of San Diego for the annual Comic-Con International convention.

It’s the biggest convention of the year for fans of comic books, science fiction and pop culture.

Creating a lot of buzz this year is the Sci Fi movie Ender’s Game, where children train as soldiers to fight an alien menace who’s attacking earth.

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10:50 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Denver Asks 'What About Our Daily Shootings?'

(Yumi Kumara/Wikimedia)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:45 pm

This weekend, the city of Aurora, Colorado, will remember the 12 people killed and 70 injured in the mass shooting at a movie theater one year ago.

But some community leaders in nearby Denver say there are other shootings that deserve attention too.

They wonder how to get the public to care when people are killed in a steady trickle, often in poor neighborhoods.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Andrea Dukakis of Colorado Public Radio reports.

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12:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

South Africa Marks Nelson Mandela's Birthday

Children sing to Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Jason Beaubien/Twitter)

Millions of children across South Africa sang “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela today as he turns 95.

People around the world are joining South Africans in celebrating his life.

British entrepreneur Richard Branson is among those volunteering 67 minutes in their communities, to honor the 67 years Mandela gave to the struggle against apartheid and creating a new South Africa.

In New York’s Times Square, South African artist Paul Blomkamp is showing his giant portrait of Mandela, which he says was inspired by the leaders great energy.

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12:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Law School Enrollment Plunges

Enrollment is declining at law schools nationwide. At Harvard (pictured) enrollment is steady, though it's becoming easier to get in. (Harvard)

Law school enrollment is taking a nose dive, and law schools are trimming their faculty rolls.

The legal market has yet to recover from the recession, and that means fewer students are applying to law school.

Middle-tier schools are among the hardest hit, and legal experts say it could be years before their enrollment returns to pre-recession levels.

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