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Episode 571: Why Raising Money For Ebola Is Hard

Friday, September 26, 2014

On today's show, the psychology of giving. Charities raised $1.4 billion to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake. But when something like Ebola happens, so far, people look the other way.

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Episode 477: Waiting For Robot Nannies

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More than half of all Japanese women quit their jobs after giving birth to their first child. That's more than double the rate in the U.S., and it's a problem for Japan's economy.

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PRI's The World

Pussy Riot wastes no time in getting back to activism

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After 18 months in prison, Pussy Riot members Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova promptly renewed their campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now they've added prison reform and human rights to their agenda, and they're taking their fight on the road.

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China’s harsh punishment for a moderate Uighur could make things worse in Xinjiang

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Even cynics were surprised when a court in China handed moderate Uighur independence advocate Ilham Tohti a life sentence and severe economic penalties on Tuesday. Now observers think the harsh ruling may further stoke tensions and violence in China's Xinjiang province.

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Not everyone agrees that ISIS poses a serious threat to the US

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

National security experts agree that ISIS is bad news, but is it such bad news that it warrants an American military intervention? With President Barack Obama set to address the nation on Wednesday, suggest further actions might be a mistake.

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Obama will outline his strategy for fighting the Islamic State movement

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday, and he's expected to make his case for further US military action against the militants who call themselves the Islamic State. The president is likely to announce a continuation of the air campaign that began against ISIS in Iraq a month ago, and the possible start of airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

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A ship full of Kurdish oil remains trapped at sea off the coast of Texas

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

An oil tanker is sitting 60 miles off the Texas coast, trapped at sea with one million barrels of crude oil from Kurdish Iraq. It's worth $100 million, but Baghdad and the government of the country's autonomous Kurdish region can't agree on who's allowed to sell it.

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If Scotland leaves the UK, the country's flag, the Union Jack, may need a makeover

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

On September 18, Scots will vote on leaving the United Kingdom. But the blue and white Scottish flag is an integral part of the UK's famous Union Jack, so what happens if Scotland votes yes?

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A Scottish teen gets serious about his chance to vote in Scotland’s bid for independence from Britain

Friday, September 05, 2014

A referendum on Scottish independence is now just days away. And for the first time ever, 16- and 17-year-olds have been given the vote. One Scottish family has dived into this debate with the help of an enthusiastic teenage son — but they still can't decide.

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Freakonomics Radio

Regulate This!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, EatWith, and other companies in the “sharing economy” are practically daring government regulators to shut them down. The regulators are happy to comply.

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PRI's The World

In tiny Moldova, Russia is repeating its Ukraine playbook

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.

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Scottish expats can't vote in the independence referendum, but they will have their say

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In a little over two weeks, Scots will decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK. Scottish expats won't get to vote. As you might imagine, many expats are not happy about that.

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Ukraine seeks NATO membership as Russia moves troops across the border

Friday, August 29, 2014

In an emergency meeting Friday, NATO condemned Russian military action in Ukraine and accused Moscow of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Now, Kiev has announced its intention to seek NATO membership. But it's still not clear what Western countries can do to stop Russia's invasion.

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Ukraine faces up to a Russian invasion, while Moscow keeps denying it

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russia says its soldiers aren't fighting in Ukraine, but evidence keeps piling up that Russia has invaded — even in Russia itself. That's caused some protests in Russia and disappointment in Ukraine, where people are feeling abandoned by the outside world.

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Undocumented Asian immigrants shy away from revealing their status

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The immigration debate often centers on people from Latin America, but many undocumented immigrants are Asian. Yet Asian communities are seeking out help and enrolling in a government anti-deportation program at much lower rates than Latinos, thanks to stigma over being undocumented.

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Beijing has a message for China's Cantonese speakers — stick to Mandarin!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Cantonese-speaking heartland of southern China is also the country's most populous region. But Beijing still considers the region's native language of Cantonese to be a minority dialect, and now it wants Cantonese broadcasters to switch to Mandarin — but why now?

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Episode 563: "I Was Wrong"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today, we talk to smart, thoughtful people about times they got things really, really wrong.

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The Magna Carta, nearly 800 years old, still influences modern perceptions of civil rights

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Magna Carta is seen by many as THE founding document for modern western constitutional government. Almost 800 years ago, a King was forced to surrender power to his subjects. Now one of the original copies of the Great Charter is on display at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Host Marco Werman goes on a field trip with The World's history guy, Chris Woolf.

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Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons gets swallowed up by Burger King

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As mom and apple pie are to America, so are Gordie Howe and Tim Hortons to Canada. But after being sold to Burger King, some Canadians are concerned the American company will bring unwelcome changes to the nation's favorite cup of joe.

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Washington is talking tough on ISIS, but its plans for intervention don't seem to measure up

Monday, August 25, 2014

A growing number of high-ranking American officials say that ISIS, the militant group that controls much of northern Iraq, must be defeated. The White House is considering plans to send ground troops to aid Iraq in the fight, but experts say even those expanded plans won't be enough to win.

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