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Episode 931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist : Planet Money : NPR
He signed up as the IT guy in a major scamming operation in order to get them arrested.
police  story  npr  via:HackerNews 
august 2019 by mcherm
After Pentagon Ends Contract, Top-Secret Scientists Group Vows To Carry On : NPR
"The Jasons", a secret group of high-powered scientists who solve problems for the US government.
via:HackerNews  npr  personal_net 
april 2019 by mcherm
Noble Charter Schools Story Hit A Nerve | NPR Illinois
At these schools "discipline" is so strict teachers complain about being forced to implement it and girls are forced to bleed through their pants rather than visit the bathroom when on their periods.
teaching  npr  via:reddit 
february 2019 by mcherm
Alabama Executes Muslim After Justices Rule He Doesn't Need Imam By His Side : NPR
I find this profoundly wrong. The state arguably is establishing a religion (only a Christian minister is allowed). The case is denied because it is presented too late, filed a mere 5 days after his request for an Imam was denied.
law  ethics  via:reddit  npr 
february 2019 by mcherm
Iraqi Has Returned To U.S. After ICE Deported Him Against Court Orders : NPR
The court ordered this group not be deported. ICE did so anyway, then lost him. The court ordered them to find him and bring him back, but they couldn't. The ACLU did find him and bring him back.
immigration  politics  ACLU  npr  via:reddit 
february 2019 by mcherm
Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops : The Salt : NPR
This is the first major (very major!) bioengineering project that I've heard about. The photosynthesis-powered process of creating sugar molecules is inefficient; this changes the molecule that does this so it works more effectively.
bioengineering  biology  npr  science  engineering  via:slashdot 
january 2019 by mcherm
Census Citizenship Question: Trump Officials Ask Supreme Court To Delay Trial : NPR
You can perform a sort of gerrymandering for 10 years by rigging census -- can you also prevent it from being reviewed by any court in time to stop the action if it is indeed illegal?
law  DonaldTrump  politics  voting  via:reddit  npr 
december 2018 by mcherm
Flag Flap Underscores Trump's Strained Relationship With McCain : NPR
Donald Trump was reluctant to even fly the flag at half mast for John McCain.
DonaldTrump  personal_net  politics  via:npr  npr 
august 2018 by mcherm
Let's Stop Talking About The '30 Million Word Gap' : NPR Ed : NPR
That study showing upper class kids heard vastly more vocabulary than lower class kids by age 3? Irreproducable.
ReplicationCrisis  science  npr  via:reddit 
june 2018 by mcherm
How Human Beings Almost Vanished From Earth In 70,000 B.C. : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
A megavolcano 70,000 years ago reduced the human population to about a thousand breeding pairs.
personal_net  biology  history  npr 
november 2017 by mcherm
How One Inmate Changed The Prison System From The Inside : Code Switch : NPR
The story of an early pioneer in the field of US prisoner's rights.
npr  history  via:reddit  prison 
april 2017 by mcherm
Senior Citizens Study: How Money Makes For Better Brain Functioning | WKMS
A natural experiment: some seniors got ~$2,000 more / month. They did measurably better on cognitive tests.
basicincome  science  npr  via:reddit 
november 2016 by mcherm
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
People's estimates of risk are based on their moral concerns, not anything about actual risk, at least in the area of free range parenting.
ethics  philosophy  culture  freerangekids  via:HackerNews  npr 
august 2016 by mcherm
The fight for the future of NPR: Can public radio survive the podcast revolution?
Article in Slate about how NPR is failing to embrace the sensibilities of the younger generation OR to use the internet effectively. Lots of people are leaving, not content with the way it is being run.
slate  npr  via:HackerNews 
april 2016 by mcherm
Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
A wonderful story of the surprising survival of a believed-to-be-extinct species.
biology  animals  npr  via:reddit 
january 2016 by mcherm
The Loneliest Plant In The World : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
The last individual of a whole category of plans, which once made up a major portion of the world ecosystem during the age of the dinosaurs, cannot reproduce since it is a male.
plants  npr  via:HackerNews  biology 
october 2014 by mcherm
A Fascinating Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments : All Tech Considered : NPR
A diagram of the topics of the million comments to the FCC on net neutrality. (1) 50% of the comments were original (not from a template) (2) the pro-net-neutrality comments were basically all from 4 templates.
politics  netneutrality  npr  via:reddit  blogworthy 
august 2014 by mcherm
Even Knowingly Taking A Placebo Seems To Help : NPR
This small study shows that the placebo effect can still have a major affect on a severe condition even if the user knows that it's a placebo!
science  placebo  via:HackerNews  npr 
february 2014 by mcherm
The Island Of Stone Money : Planet Money : NPR
About that island where the giant stone coins just sit there and people remember who owns them.
money  npr  via:reddit  economics 
january 2014 by mcherm
Crowdsourcing Journalistic Pressure On Congress To Get Answers About DHS's Treatment Of US Citizens At The Border | Techdirt
This American Life tried to do a story on some abusive practices by border control. But DHS refused to answer any questions at all. So they're trying to organize a pressure group to ask Congress to ask these questions for them.
politics  npr  techdirt  via:Techdirt  TSA 
october 2013 by mcherm
Enough With Baby Talk; Infants Learn From Lemur Screeches, Too : Shots - Health News : NPR
Infants pay closer attention and learn better if they hear human speech in the background. Apparently, human speech played backwards DOESN'T work (so it's not just any sound), but lemur cries DO work.
science  brain  via:reddit  personal_net  npr 
september 2013 by mcherm
Intellectual Ventures And The War Over Software Patents : Planet Money : NPR
This American Life investigates Intellectual Ventures and patent law in general. Includes a trip to north Texas to view the empty offices.
npr  via:Techdirt  patent  law  ip-law 
may 2013 by mcherm
Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money
A huge number of people have been moving onto disability -- as many as have been moving OFF of welfare. It's becoming the "employment" of choice for people without an advanced education, and largely for questionable issues like back pain or mental illness.
npr  health  sociology  economics  politics  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
Glowing Gene's Discoverer Left Out Of Nobel Prize : NPR
He discovered the gene (for the green glowing protein) and shared it freely with other researchers, but by the time they got the Nobel prize for it, he had lost his funding and was working driving a shuttle bus.
science  npr  via:DerekLowe 
february 2013 by mcherm
Promiscuous Males And Choosy Females? Challenging A Classic Experiment : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
YES!! The original study on promiscuous males and coy females (in fruitflies) was WRONG. It was wrong in fundamental ways that anyone could have seen and yet it wasn't questioned.
science  biology  sex  gender  psychology  ScientificMethod  npr  via:reddit 
december 2012 by mcherm
Obama's Secret Weapon In The South: Small, Dead, But Still Kickin' : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
The outline of a prehistoric coastline affected where high cotton yields could be gotten and is still visible in the racial distributions in the US.
geology  npr  via:HackerNews  science 
november 2012 by mcherm
How Human Beings Almost Vanished From Earth In 70,000 B.C.
After the Toba supervolcano, there may have been as few as 40-1000 "breeding pairs" that survived.
science  via:reddit  npr 
october 2012 by mcherm
A New Species Discovered ... On Flickr : The Picture Show : NPR
The scientist saw a picture of it on flickr and realized it was a new species.
science  flickr  socialcomputing  npr  via:boingboing 
august 2012 by mcherm
How The Poor, The Middle Class And The Rich Spend Their Money : Planet Money : NPR
They spend the same percentage on food and housing. The rich spend less on healthcare and more on education and retirement.
personal_net  wealth  npr  economics 
august 2012 by mcherm
Phantom Finger Points To Secrets In The Human Brain
Woman with hand malformed from birth loses her hand. The phantom limb has a normal hand.
science  npr 
june 2012 by mcherm
Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments : The Two-Way : NPR
A legislator uses the word "vagina" in a fashion that was relevant to the legislative point she was making on a bill about abortion. Reaction is to ban her from speaking.
via:boingboing  politics  censorship  freespeech  npr 
june 2012 by mcherm
Why Monsanto Thought Weeds Would Never Defeat Roundup : The Salt : NPR
Monsanto actually thought plants wouldn't become resistant to Roundup, because they had trouble creating "Roundup-Ready" crops.
biology  science  npr  via:boingboing 
march 2012 by mcherm
NPR Tries to Get its Pressthink Right » Pressthink
NPR's approach to journalistic ethics: in matter of controversy, attempt to show the truth rather than attempting to balance the sides. The journalist's ultimate loyalty should be to the news consumer.
npr  journalism  ethics  via:boingboing 
february 2012 by mcherm
Agatha Christie And Nuns Tell A Tale Of Alzheimer's : NPR
Early writing samples can predict Alzheimers: sentences with dense ideas predict lower probability of getting it. The degree of predictability seems quite unreasonable to me (factor of 60!!).
medicine  npr  science  alzheimers  brain  writing  via:reddit 
february 2011 by mcherm
Not So Neighborly Associations Foreclosing On Homes : NPR
Homeowner's Associations can, in some states, foreclose and sell your home if you miss a couple of payments. In this case they sold the house for a couple of thousand dollars over a couple of hundred in owed amounts.
law  npr  mortgage 
june 2010 by mcherm
NPR makes copyright claim over anti-same-sex-marriage ad; another political fair use fight
NPR issues DMCA takedown notice in order to squelch a political ad that was clearly fair use.
law  ip-law  copyright  censorship  npr  politics  DMCA 
november 2009 by mcherm
Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills : NPR
A science piece by NPR. Apparently, free play develops kids' ability to self-regulate. Also, suddenly in the late 1950s kids play started to be focused more around TOYS rather than around ACTIVITIES.
npr  kids  freerangekids  via:FreeRangeKids  brain  psychology 
september 2009 by mcherm
Katie Couric's salary exceeds combined budgets of NPR's top news shows - Boing Boing
Amazing. Like the title says: her salary exceeds the cost of Morning Edition plus All Thing Considered (if you don't include the overseas bureaus. They less-than-double it.) Another good reason to support NPR.
via:boingboing  money  journalism  npr 
september 2009 by mcherm
New Danger Mouse CD Released As A Blank CD-R Due To Legal Fight With EMI | Techdirt
A musician well-known for remixing others' work releases a new album... as a blank disk! Purchasers are presumably expected to find the music themselves somehow and download it. Interesting legal trick.
npr  p2p  riaa  via:slashdot  copyright  ip-law  law 
may 2009 by mcherm
Budget Hero | Marketplace from American Public Media
From an NPR organization, here's a "balance the federal budget" game.
politics  onlinegame  npr  taxes  economics  via:boingboing 
may 2008 by mcherm
Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth: Almost Arrested for Taking Photos at Union Station
A very sensible photographer (apparently works for NPR) is confronted by authorities and ordered to cease taking pictures in a public place. I'm impressed with how he handled it.
civilrights  photography  rights  npr  via:boingboing 
may 2008 by mcherm
NPR: Blind Man 'Sees'
10% of blind people will see hallucinations.
via:boingboing  vision  brain  science  npr 
february 2008 by mcherm
NPR : How to Suggest a Story Idea
How to submit a story suggestion to NPR (National Public Radio).
useful  npr 
may 2007 by mcherm

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