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During his daily bus commute in the bustling Indian city of Hyderabad, there was something that really bothered Narayana Peesapaty.

"Everybody was eating something on their way to work," says Peesapaty, who was working as a sustainable farming researcher for a nonprofit organization at the time. But it wasn't his fellow bus riders' snacking habits that troubled him. It was their plastic cutlery.

A campaign putting out a list of big name endorsements isn't particularly remarkable. But what is remarkable about the Clinton campaign's list is that it includes prominent Republican executives — business leaders who say they have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in their lives.

Take Jim Cicconi, the senior executive vice president at AT&T. He served in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and donated $10,000 last year to Jeb Bush's Right to Rise superPAC. But he says he's voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

Navigating airport security lines is a hassle, for most. Among the exceptions: passengers with TSA PreCheck stamped on their boarding pass.

They don't take off their shoes, they don't take out their laptops and they often clear security in just a few minutes. And now, there are a lot more of them.

In the past three months the number of applications for TSA PreCheck has more than doubled. Almost 16,000 people a day are now applying for PreCheck. That's a huge increase from less than 7,000 a day in March.

What's the mood in London after the Brexit vote?

Jun 23, 2016
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Kai Ryssdal

Polls in the U.K. are now closed on the referendum vote that determines if the nation will exit the European Union. We won't know the results for a few more hours, but Marketplace's Stephen Beard checks in from London about how people are feeling now that the vote is over, the role weather has played and Wall Street's initial reaction.

Click on the audio player above to listen.

 

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Amy Scott

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the University of Texas can continue to consider an applicant’s race as one of many factors in its admissions decisions.  The 4-3 ruling came as a bit of a surprise. The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had never before voted to support race-conscious admissions.

“The decision is a home run for the University of Texas and a grand slam for higher education,” said Terry Hartle with the American Council on Education.

S01-5: “Pregnant? We can help.”

Jun 23, 2016
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Karen Clark and Caitlin Esch

When Brandi David discovered she was pregnant, she knew she wanted an abortion. Brandi was a graduate student at the time and didn't feel ready to be a mother. She wasn't sure where to go for help. But then she remembered a billboard at a busy intersection in South Bend, Indiana that she had driven by many times. It said: "Pregnant? We can help." So she called the number.

What happened to Brandi next... well, that's what brings us to Indiana--the last stop on our cross-country trip where we investigate how states spend federal welfare dollars. 

What's behind tech companies' pledge to diversify

Jun 23, 2016
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Nancy Marshall-Genzer

More than 30 tech companies have signed a pledge to increase diversity among their workforces, including some big names like Spotify and Pinterest. The companies say they’ll recruit and retain more diverse workers, publish data on how many women and minorities work for them, and invest in partnerships to build a pipeline of diverse tech talent. 

“Our goal around hiring is to hire 30 percent women software engineers,” said Candice Morgan, head of diversity at Pinterest.

Should they stay or should they go?

Today the United Kingdom votes on the so-called Brexit, or the possibility of leaving the European Union.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) and will close at 10 p.m. (5 p.m. ET). British citizens, including some who live abroad, are eligible to vote, as well as citizens of Ireland and Commonwealth countries who live in the U.K. or Gibraltar.

The votes (marked by an X on a paper ballot) are counted by hand, and official results likely won't be known until Friday morning.

Watching For Clues

The NFL on Twitter, with ads

Jun 23, 2016
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Ashley Milne-Tyte

This spring the NFL signed a deal with Twitter to let it live-stream 10 Thursday Night Football games when the season kicks off this fall. Twitter paid $10 million for the privilege, and recently it’s begun to sell ads that football fans will see alongside that live steam as they tweet during the game.

The partnership with the NFL could be coming at just the right time. David Campanelli is executive vice president of video investment at Horizon Media.

Marketplace for Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016
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Marketplace

European Bureau Chief Stephen Beard talks to Kai about the mood in London as Britain votes on whether or not to stay in the European Union; how the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action will affect other universities around the nation; and another excerpt from our podcast on welfare, the Uncertain Hour. 

Betting on Brexit results

Jun 23, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the impending Brexit voting result; look at the struggle of those wounded during the Orlando gay nightclub shooting to pay their medical bills; and interview Nobel laureate Paul Krugman about the concept of "peak trade." 

Welfare's role in alternative to abortion programs

Jun 23, 2016
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Karen Clark

This August will present a milestone: 20 years since welfare reform. The federal government overhauled the cash assistance program for poor families, replacing it with a new system called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.

Among the biggest changes, states now control their welfare spending out of a set amount received from the federal government each year. 

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

U.S. manufacturers worry about a Brexit

Jun 23, 2016
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Sabri Ben-Achour

The United Kingdom is about 4,000 miles away from the U.S., but its decision on whether to leave the European Union has the potential to affect U.S. suppliers with operations there. 

Jim James is CEO of Ideal Industries, which makes electrical supply equipment and hand tools, among other things. They do some manufacturing in the U.K. and sell into Europe. Ask him about Brexit and he has questions: "Will there be restrictive free trade? Will our employees be allowed to move around freely?"

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