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11:07 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve Stays The Course, Ends Most Recent Stimulus Program

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:35 pm

When the Great Recession kicked off in 2008, the Federal Reserve announced a stimulus program that bought up bonds by the trillions.

In a symbolic move that underlines the confidence the Fed has in the U.S. economy, today the Federal Open Market Committee said it was staying the course and ending the third round of economic stimulus, known as quantitative easing.

In a statement the FOMC explained:

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Politics
10:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

With New Campaign Finance Rules, You Can't Really Follow The Money

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:18 am

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
10:32 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Debate: Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream?

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, with Elise Gould, argues that a robust economy relies on large numbers of innovators and affluent consumers — and that too much inequality prevents too many Americans from joining those groups.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Income inequality has been on the rise in the U.S. for decades. The top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. now holds a much greater share of national income than three decades ago. At the same time, incomes for the bottom half of American households have remained virtually flat.

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Parallels
10:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ask Me Anything: NPR's David Greene Takes Questions On Crimea

David Greene.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:41 pm

Morning Edition host David Greene recently returned from a reporting trip to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine and annexed earlier this year.

He found a place in transition. Restaurant menu prices have been switched from Ukrainian hryvnia to Russian rubles. Sports teams now play in Russian leagues and Putin T-shirts are the staple on souvenir stands.

There are the more complicated transitions as well. Many Crimeans are conflicted about switching their passports, and their citizenship, from Ukrainian to Russian.

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Goats and Soda
9:42 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Why The Ebola Evacuees Survived And What We Learned From Them

NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, 33, contracted Ebola in Liberia, arrived in Nebraska for care on Oct. 6 and was released from the hospital Oct. 22.
Taylor Wilson Courtesy of Nebraska Medicine

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:03 pm

This is a week for reflecting on lessons learned from those who've survived Ebola.

Morning Edition aired a report on the experience of medical personnel at Emory Hospital, which has cared for four Ebola patients: three evacuees from West Africa (including Dr. Kent Brantly) and one of the Texas nurses.

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Legal Battle
8:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Maine To Enforce Quarantine For Nurse Who Worked In West Africa

A photo taken Sunday of Kaci Hickox in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. Hickox, who was later discharged and allowed to return to her home in Maine, says she has no intention of abiding by a "voluntary" quarantine there.
Steven Hyman AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:08 am

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage says he will seek to legally force a nurse to undergo a 21-day quarantine after her return from West Africa, where she volunteered to treat Ebola patients.

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The Protojournalist
8:15 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Halloween For Adults: A Scary History

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:03 am

For Halloween 2014, the National Retail Federation predicts, some 75 million adults will put on costumes. Reuters is reporting that haunted houses for adults are in demand this year, and some 20 percent of celebrants over the age of 18 plan to visit one.

Are adults adulterating Halloween?

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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Russia Reportedly Suspected In Hack Of White House Network

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:43 am

The White House says it has taken steps to address "suspicious activity" detected on the unclassified Executive Office of the President computer network in recent weeks — a breach that The Washington Post says may be the work of hackers hired by the Kremlin.

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Goats and Soda
6:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Misadventures Of My Anti-Ebola Suitcase

Anders Kelto's suitcase took its chlorine wipes on a detour to Paris.
Anders Kelto NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:20 am

Over the past five years, I've traveled around Africa quite a bit. I've been trained in how to escape from a minefield and what to do if I'm taken hostage. I've been followed by police officers in Zimbabwe, threatened with arrest in Ethiopia, had my phone stolen in South Africa, and been shaken down for cash by a cop in military fatigues (swinging an AK-47 by his hip) in Kenya. I've also been on more scary cab rides than I care to remember. In short, I feel well-prepared to report from just about anywhere on the continent.

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EarthFix Report
6:29 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Portland Bike Share Company Moving To New York Under New Owners

Alta Bicycle Share, which launched citi bike, the world's largest bike sharing program in New York, wil relocate to New York City under new ownership.
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Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:38 am

Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share will be acquired by a New York company and will relocate to New York City to be run by a new CEO, under an agreement announced Tuesday.

Alta has launched bike-share programs in many cities across the country including New York, Chicago, Seattle and Melbourne, Australia. It also has plans to start a program in Portland.

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Health News
6:28 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ebola Calls Northwest Volunteers To Action, Medical Centers To Prepare

Marc Bouma, an E.R. nurse at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, is taking a leave of absence to fight Ebola in Liberia. In this photo he was volunteering in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 7:18 pm

Across the Northwest medical professionals are getting ready for Ebola.

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The Two-Way
6:26 am
Wed October 29, 2014

North Korean Officials Reportedly Executed For Watching Soap Operas

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:34 am

At least 10 North Korean officials have reportedly been put to death recently for the crime of watching South Korean soap operas.

The latest public executions reportedly bring to at least 50 the number of people put to death by the hard-line regime for taking in the unauthorized day-time dramas from south of the DMZ, The Independent reports, quoting South Korean sources familiar with a National Intelligence Service (NIS) briefing.

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Dance
6:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

At 83, Dancer Carmen De Lavallade Looks Back At A Life Spent Onstage

Christopher Duggan

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:50 am

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

World Economic Forum: Global Gender Gap Won't Be Closed For Decades

A woman cleans the floor prior to a session at the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.
Michel Euler Associated Press

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 3:40 pm

The World Economic Forum has just released its annual Global Gender Gap report. Researchers found that the pay gap between men and women still exists across the world, and will for a long time:

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Code Switch
6:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Struggle Of Being Asian-American For Halloween

The author (right) and his sister, one awkward Halloween day.
Courtesy of Steve Haruch

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:05 am

The other night, at a large outdoor Halloween-themed party, I saw a young white girl, probably about 3 or 4, dressed up in a long, purple kimono. I felt an involuntary uneasiness. I wanted to ask her parents who she was supposed to be — maybe it's a character in some cartoon I don't know about, I thought — but I didn't want to embarrass anyone. Which is to say, Problematic Dress-up Season is in full swing.

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