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11:55 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Stays Independent

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:12 am

The Philadelphia-based indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has been making music for about a decade and doing it outside the mainstream music business. At first, the band got a boost from music blogs and today it releases its music independently.

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1:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Tim Cook kicked off the annual WWDC which is typically a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and software. The conference runs through June 6. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.

Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.

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1:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Remembering Ann B. Davis Of 'The Brady Bunch'

Ann B. Davis was best known for playing the part of Alice, the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch. (YouTube screenshot)

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country’s favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks to Here & Now about her life and her role on the show.

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1:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Study Finds Seasonal Workers Worse Off In Fair Trade Operations

A four-year study has found that agricultural workers are worse off in "fair trade" operations. (ftepr.org)

A recently released four-year study from the University of London shows that agricultural workers in and near operations with a “Fair Trade certified” label are actually worse off than their non-Fair Trade counterparts.

Rodney North of the Fair Trade group Equal Exchange says the goal of Fair Trade was never to improve the wages of temporary workers, rather its goal was to ensure that small farmers got to keep their land.

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11:41 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Is It Time To Scrap The Resume And Cover Letter?

Are those résumés and cover letter we work so hard on perfecting a waste of time? Journalist Jesse Singal thinks so -- adding that it's discriminatory, that companies should adopt alternative techniques when screening job candidates. (Scott Kellum/Flickr)

“It’s time for the résumé and the cover letter to die,” writes New York Magazine’s Jesse Singal. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that the current cover letter and résumé packet is discriminatory and time wasting, and that companies should adopt alternative techniques when screening job candidates.

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11:41 am
Fri May 30, 2014

DOT Seeks Transparency In Airfares

People heading to the airport this summer may have an easier time finding a fair price on flights. The DOT is proposing a rule that would effectively change the way a “ticket” is defined, and require all ticket agents and airlines to display that ticket price to provide a basis for comparison. (Jonathan Cohen/Flickr)

This summer, millions of vacationers will buy plane tickets. But will they be able to fairly compare fares?

Critics say airlines have made it impossible to figure out the true cost by obscuring fees and taxes. Now, the Department of Transportation is proposing a rule that would effectively change the way a "ticket" is defined, and require all ticket agents and airlines to display that ticket price to provide a basis for comparison.

However, the airlines are howling.

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11:41 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Aretha Franklin Performs The National Anthem At Harvard Graduation

Aretha Franklin performs the National Anthem at Harvard University's 2014 commencement. (Screenshot)

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It’s commencement season, and yesterday at Harvard University, soul legend Aretha Franklin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. And just in case anyone doubted the degree was deserved, Franklin sat down at the piano, and schooled those in attendance, with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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12:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Funeral To Be Held For Philadelphia House

3711 Melon Street in West Philadelphia will get a proper goodbye on Saturday with the "Funeral for a Home" event, organized my Temple Unviersity's Tyler School of Art. (Jeffrey Stockbridge/funeralforahome.org)

Mourners will gather in Philadelphia on Saturday to bid farewell to an old house. The gathering will be a celebration of a life, a “home going,” with drill teams and bands and a meal — all after they’ve carted the shingles, broken window panes and floorboards away.

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12:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Park Service Launches LGBT Sites Initiative

The U.S. National Park Service, best known for showcasing our country's natural resources, will soon also be home to monuments LGBT Americans who have made significant contributions to our nation's history. (erin_pass/Flickr)

The National Park Service is set to launch an initiative to fold LGBT historic sites into its commemoration of American history.

The effort, first a study to identify landmarks, is scheduled for kick-off tomorrow at the famous Stonewall Inn in New York City.

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12:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NPR’s Steve Inskeep Discusses His Interview With President Obama

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on May 28. In a highly anticipated speech on foreign policy, the President provided details on his plans for winding down America's military commitment in Afghanistan. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Yesterday, President Obama laid out his foreign policy plan for his final two and a half years in office, at a commencement ceremony at West Point.

Following that speech, NPR’s Steve Inskeep interviewed the president about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his remaining White House priorities and his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

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1:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Rep. Tim Murphy: Mental Health Bill Would Make Patients, Communities Safer

Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, pictured here on April 1, 2014, says that privacy laws should serve to protect the mentally ill, not prevent them from being treated properly. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

In California yesterday, two assembly members proposed a gun restraining order that would allow family members and therapists to ask police and a judge to bar someone from buying a gun.

Lawmakers are also proposing a law that would adopt new protocols for police making well-being checks on people. It would require that police check whether someone has bought a weapon, rather than just talk to them.

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1:12 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Former NATO Commander Reacts To Obama's Foreign Policy Speech

Admiral James Stavridis is pictured on July 12, 2008, in Mayport, Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Regina L. Brown)

Today, President Obama offered a strong defense of his administration’s foreign policy in a commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Admiral James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, discusses the speech with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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1:12 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

DJ Sessions: Accountants Take The Stage

San Francisco-based DJ Spinnerty is one of the acts KCRW's Anthony Valadez can't get enough of at the moment. (Nica Lorber/Flickr)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez shares the latest music he’s listening to with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson, including two musicians who’ve worked or do work as accountants.

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12:57 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Obama Announces Afghan Troop Withdrawal Plan

President Barack Obama speaks about troop pullout from Afghanistan at the White House on May 27. The administration's plan is to keep a contingency force of 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, consolidating them in Kabul and on Bagram Air Base. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:59 am

A day ahead of a big foreign policy speech at West Point tomorrow, President Obama is making public his plan to pull troops out of Afghanistan.

Obama is largely taking the recommendation of his generals and plans to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan for one year beyond the withdrawal of combat forces in December. By the end of 2015, that number will be halved with troops consolidated in the Kabul area, and their primary mission will not be combat but counter-terrorism.

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11:49 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Anthropologist: Gang Violence Caused By Mental Illness

Anthropologist James Diego Vigil calls the violent, "crazy" behavior of gang members "locura," and suggests it may be a form of mental illness. (Rubén Díaz/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:59 am

What causes gang violence?

James Diego Vigil, a professor emeritus of social ecology at the University of California, Irvine, uses the term “locura,” from the Spanish word loca (crazy) to describe what he calls the “quasi-controlled insanity” of gang members.

He joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to explain.

Interview Highlights: James Diego Vigil

On what pushes kids into gangs

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11:49 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Does College Pledging Lead To Greater Happiness And Success?

The survey results go against the image of Greek life depicted in the 1978 movie "Animal House" with John Belushi.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 6:01 am

Fraternities and sororities get a bad wrap for wild parties, hazing and binge drinking, but a new survey finds that those who pledge in college have the last laugh — or at least more laughs than others.

A survey of more than 30,000 university graduates found that for students who belonged to fraternities and sororities, life after college is happier and they tend to be more successful.

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11:49 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Art Institute's Miniature Rooms Exhibit Comes Alive In Literature

Marianne Malone's "The Sixty-Eight Rooms" series was inspired by an exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago. Pictured here is “Cape Cod Living Room, 1750-1850,” by Narcissa Niblack Thorne. Malone's most recent book, "The Pirate Coin," is set in 18th-century Cape Cod. (Art Institute of Chicago)

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:59 am

The Thorne Miniature Rooms are one of the Art Institute of Chicago’s most beloved exhibits: 68 miniature detailed representations of rooms that might have existed in Europe and America over some six centuries.

They inspired author Marianne Malone to write a series of children’s books aptly named “The Sixty-Eight Rooms.” The latest in the series, “The Pirate’s Coin,” is released in paperback today.

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11:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

A Father's Labor Of Love Sparks A Tradition And A Hit Song

Paul Monti started the event called Operation Flags for Vets to place flags on every grave at Massachusetts National Cemetery after his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2006. (Alex Ashlock/Here and Now)

 

The tradition of setting aside a day to honor the nation’s war dead started after the Civil War. It was called Decoration Day then and on the first one in 1868 people decorated the graves of the Union and Confederate dead at Arlington National Cemetery. Cemeteries across the country are decorated just like that today as we mark Memorial Day 2014.

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11:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

New Debate Over Piketty's Book On Economic Inequality

French economist Thomas Piketty, pictured here during a presentation at King's College in London on April 30, is drawing criticism and praise for his new book "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century," in which he argues that capitalism leads to the concentration of wealth in the hands of those already rich. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Economist Thomas Piketty is defending his book today, from charges that he got his math on rising inequality wrong.

Piketty’s nearly 600-page book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” has been the most hotly debated book this spring over its key conclusion: “The central contradiction of capitalism” is that it leads to the concentration of wealth in the hands of those already rich.

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11:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

In Arizona, Shipping Aluminum Cans Out-Of-State Is Big Business

Aluminum beverage cans on the tables are to be sorted and prepped to be shipped out of Arizona. (Alexandra Olgin/KJZZ News)

In a memorable episode of “Seinfeld,” Kramer and Newman fill up Newman’s mail truck with bottles and cans collected in New York and head for Michigan — where the return deposit is a nickel higher.

Well, unlike Michigan, Arizona doesn’t have a return deposit for containers — but that doesn’t mean its bottles and cans aren’t worth something, somewhere.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, KJZZ’s Alexandra Olgin reports.

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