When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.

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Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market
By Kaomi Goetz

April 23, 2014

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least.


Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters
By Scott Shafer

April 23, 2014

San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.

Income Inequality Is A Major Barrier To Attending College
April 23, 2014

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Suzanne Mettler of Cornell University, author of the new book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream.


One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents
By Eric Westervelt

April 23, 2014

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?
By Cheryl Corley

April 23, 2014

Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

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8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy
By Jackie Northam

April 22, 2014

A key part of that strategy is the Trans Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific nations. The trade pact would influence geopolitics and the reshape global trade.

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought
By Kirk Siegler

April 22, 2014

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they'll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

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No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home
April 21, 2014

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

A 'Tennessee Promise' To Educate The State's College Students
April 21, 2014

Richard Rhoda of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission discusses a new program that will cover up to two years of community college tuition for all graduates of the state's high schools.


President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message
April 21, 2014

President Obama visits several Asian countries this week. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with business journalists Sudeep Reddy and Roben Farzad about what the trip could mean for the U.S. economy.

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Argentina Debt Case
By Laura Sydell

April 21, 2014

The Supreme Court will hear a case on Monday that has wide implications for Argentina's teetering economy and its relations with the U.S. The case has been dragging on for more than a decade.


Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records
By Lauren Silverman

April 21, 2014

In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools
By NPR Staff

April 20, 2014

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the U.S.

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Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction
By Elise Hu

April 19, 2014

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.

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Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities
By Ben Trefny

April 18, 2014

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?
April 18, 2014

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying
By Marilyn Geewax

April 18, 2014

As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.

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Budget Cuts Threaten Mock Villages At Military Training Center
April 18, 2014

David Greene talks to Weekend All Things Considered host Arun Rath about his trip to Fort Irwin National Training Center located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

IPO Market Shows Signs Of Strain
By Jim Zarroli

April 18, 2014

High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial has put off its IPO indefinitely. The move caps a rough week in the IPO market. Ten companies made their debut this week and all 10 received rough receptions.