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11:22 am
Wed July 3, 2013

A Look At The Economy Midway Through 2013

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 12:45 pm

This week marks the halfway point of the year. Where is the economy today?

This also is the 4th anniversary of the start of the “recovery.” The GDP has been growing non-stop since late June or early July of 2009.

Have most people now completely recovered financially?

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NPR Story
12:45 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Heartbeats Could Replace Passwords

(Its.MJ/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

The average person has 30 to 50 accounts requiring a password, but uses only about five different passwords. And the most common password is still “password.”

Security experts say people should use a different password for each account, with each password at least 14 characters long.

Instead of memorizing all those passwords, what if the key to unlocking everything could be linked to something unique about you — like the rhythm of your heart?

That’s what biometric researchers in Toronto have come up with.

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NPR Story
11:46 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Wedding Films Are About More Than Getting Married

A scene from the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral." (PolyGram Filmed Entertainment)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

With the Supreme Court weighing in on gay marriage, can Hollywood be far behind?

Filmmakers often use wedding movies to address issues like commitment and family dysfunction, says Los Angeles Times film writer Steven Zeitchik.

We talk to Zeitchik about movies including “The Wedding Banquet,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Bridesmaids,” “Father of the Bride,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “The Graduate.”

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Why Google Pulled The Plug On Google Reader

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Google has pulled the plug on its RSS service, Google Reader.

Launched in 2005, it was designed to help people organize information on the Internet by sorting content into a manageable, constantly updated feed.

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NPR Story
10:20 am
Tue July 2, 2013

St. Louis’ Famous Dish: Toasted Ravioli

Toasted ravioli at Villa Farotto in St. Louis, Missouri. (Jeremy Hobson/Here & Now)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

New York is famous for its hotdogs. Chicago has its deep dish pizza. And St. Louis is known for its toasted ravioli — ravioli that’s covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried.

Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson visits Villa Farotto to taste the regional dish.

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10:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Sifting Through Wildfire Ashes For Memories, Hope

Samaritan's Purse volunteers work in a house. (Megan Verlee/Colorado Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

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NPR Story
9:53 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Investigation Into 19 Firefighters’ Deaths Begins

Prescott and other area department firefighters embrace during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew firefighters who were killed Sunday, when an out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Last night, the community of Prescott, Ariz., gathered in Fire Station Number 7 to mourn the deaths of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, which was based in Prescott.

The firefighters died battling the Yarnell Hills fire, which continues to rage.

Officials have launched an investigation into how the firefighters were killed and whether their deaths could have been prevented.

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NPR Story
5:13 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

A Story Of Love, Pride And Cuban Coffee

A macchiato photo by Jenny Lee Molina on the 3:05 Miami Cafecito Break Facebook page. (Jenny Lee Molina)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:50 am

As often as they can, Kelly Woodward and her fiance hop on Skype at 3:05 in the afternoon.

The Chicago native is now in Miami full-time leading Miami Food Tours. Her Colombian husband-to-be is in grad school at Notre Dame.

Their 3:05 chats are a excuse to catch up, but it’s mostly about Cuban coffee.

A movement began to make 3:05 p.m. the official Cuban coffee time of Miami. What started organically by a Miami PR rep Jenny Lee Molina has now been officially recognized by the city.

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5:13 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Sigur Rós Goes Industrial

Image from the album cover of Kveikur, the new album by Sigur Rós. (Sigur Rós)

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:50 am

Each week, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson brings us new music.

This week, he has us listening to “Brennesteinn,” off the new album Kveikur by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

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5:13 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Politics Outside The Beltway

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:50 am

During the summer, some of the most interesting political news doesn’t come from Washington, but instead from state legislatures.

We talk to NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian about the Texas legislature’s second special session, where they plan to take up abortion restrictions.

The legislature’s Republican majority is vowing to pass wide-ranging restrictions on abortion. Opponents are mobilizing for more protests.

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