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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

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Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.

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A Recovering Heroin Addict Tells His Story

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to Jeremy Wilder, a recovering opiate addict. He is one of the millions of Americans who became addicted to heroin after first getting hooked on prescription painkillers.

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Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.

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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

Midwest and Southwest states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.

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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed him.

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:51am

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.

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Freed From Boko Haram, Hostages Now Held By Nigeria's Military

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:43am

The nearly 300 people rescued last month from Boko Haram are in military custody. There are suspicions that some are working with the extremist group. Renee Montagne talks to the AP's Michelle Faul.

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California Drought Creates Business Opportunities

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:45am

The state's drought has turned many lawns brown. David Bartlett will turn those lawns green again by painting them. His Sacramento-area company is called Xtreme Green Grass.

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Personal Ad First: Mother In India Places Gay-Marriage Ad For Son

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:15am

In India, homosexuality is illegal. Some big papers rejected the personal ad which read: Seeking well-placed, animal loving, vegetarian groom. Her son has received several responses.

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Boston-Based MiniLux Aims To Be 'Starbucks' Of Nail Salons

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

MiniLuxe was founded eight years with a focus on cleanliness and fair wages. It's expanding nationally, opening up shops in Texas with the goal of becoming the nation's biggest nail chain.

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Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency Lending

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and a Contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."

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ISIS Takes Control Of Syria's Ancient City Of Palmyra

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.

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Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Republican presidential contender Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to voice his opposition to the Patriot Act, which authorizes bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government. Paul says collecting the phone records of American citizens is an assault on their civil liberties.

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U.S.: Venezuelan Officials Involved In Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Juan Forero of The Wall Street Journal about his report that officials are being investigated for allegedly turning the country into a hub for cocaine and money laundering.

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U.S.-Cuba Talks To Resume On Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The U.S.-Cuban thaw announced last December raised expectations of a new diplomatic relationship. But talks, which resume Thursday, are moving slowly on the first step: re-opening embassies.

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Revelations Of British Pedophile Ring Spur Flood Of Abuse Reports

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

There were whispers of a pedophile ring at the highest levels of British government. Revelations suggest those rumors had substance and that a culture of deference helped hide child abuse for decades.

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U.S. Engagment Against ISIS Can't Be Timid, Retired Marine General Says

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Marine General Gregory Newbold about what the U.S. is doing right, or wrong, in its efforts to militarily contain the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Latest U.S. Census Data: Fastest Growing Cities Are In The West And South

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the 15 cities with the biggest population increases were in the South and West — with two exceptions: New York City and Columbus, Ohio.

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