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11:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out

Decontee Sawyer, wife of Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer, a U.S. citizen who died from Ebola after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria, cradles her 1-year-old daughter Bella at her home in Coon Rapids, Minn., Tuesday, July 29 (Craig Lassig/AP).

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:08 pm

The Ebola outbreak that’s killed more than 670 people in West Africa has hit too close to home for some Americans.

Decontee Sawyer lives in Minnesota, which is home to Liberia’s largest diaspora community. Her husband, a Liberian government official, recently contracted the virus in Liberia and became the first American to die from Ebola in this outbreak.

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11:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

District Profile: Virginia's 7th Congressional

Republican candidate David Brat (left), who defeated Rep. Eric Cantor in the primary, will face Democrat Jack Trammell in November. (Facebook)

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 10:23 am

Eric Cantor officially stepped down as House Majority Leader today. He will be replaced in the leadership by Kevin McCarthy of California after losing in a primary for his Virginia congressional seat.

Cantor’s district, Virginia’s 7th congressional, is the focus of this week’s installment of District Profiles, looking at congressional races across the country. Republican candidate David Brat, who defeated Cantor in the primary, will face Democrat Jack Trammell.

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11:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Facebook Targets Zambia With Free App

Facebook-founded Internet.org aims to increase Internet accessibility on a global level. (Internet.org)

Altruism or good business? Today, Facebook launched a free mobile app in Zambia.

The company says people who can’t afford Internet service in the poor African country will have a new way to find jobs and get health advice on pregnancy and childbirth.

It’s the latest in Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, a larger push to reach millions of potential customers in developing countries.

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12:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

DJ Sessions: Yesterday's Covers, From 'Hound Dog' To 'The Twist'

American rock singer Elvis Presley serenades a basset hound in a top hat with the song, "Hound Dog" on the set of "The Steve Allen Show" in July 1956. (NBC Television/Getty Images)

DJ Paul Ray, host of the rhythm and blues show “Twine Time” on KUTX in Austin, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson for the latest installment of DJ Sessions. He shares a number of songs with original versions that may not be the ones we remember.

He shares famous covers that people may not know are covers, like Elvis’s “Hound Dog,” Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.”

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12:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

The latest video released by Boko Haram of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls shows the girls dressed in full hijab and chanting passages from the Koran. (Screenshot)

With political, military, economic and religious strife proliferating globally, children are increasingly turning up in the headlines.

And while kids have always suffered during the turmoils of war and crisis, there’s a sense internationally that the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

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12:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Argentina Scrambles To Avoid Default

Retired citizens await the opening of the Banco Provincia bank headquarters in the financial district near Plaza de Mayo square to collect their pensions, in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2014. Last-ditch talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years were to resume Wednesday in New York, after Tuesday's marathon session failed to reach a deal. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

An American judge has ordered Argentina to make debt payments of $1.5 billion to American creditors. But time is running out.

If Argentina doesn’t pay the U.S. hedge funds by midnight, it will default on its bond payments for the second time in 13 years. The last default, in 2001, led Argentinians to protest the declining economic conditions in their country.

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11:47 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Music From The Show

Gold Panda, “An Iceberg Hurled Northward”

Micah Blue Smaldone, “Heavy Bottle”

Obfusc, “Sounds From Shattered Seashells”

The Cure, “Close To Me”

Broken Social Scene, “Guilty Cubicle”

Isotope 217, “La Jete”

Women, “Heat Distraction”

Todd Terje, “Delorean Dynamite”

Dirty Gold, “California Sunrise”

Mux Mool, “Night Court”

Tycho, “Hours”

Corkbush Field Mutiny, “MAELSTROM”

Wife, “Bodies”

Wild Nothing, This Chain Won’t Break”

Miles Davis, “Maiysha”

Shark?, “Big Summer, (Summer Ale)”

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11:47 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change

Bill Nye, popularly known as the Science Guy, attends an event in the East Room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Nye first learned to talk to audiences through his ’90s TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” where he made science topics fun and accessible to kids. But now, as CEO of The Planetary Society, he speaks to a different audience.

Nye has appeared on numerous news programs to talk about climate change. He’s a proponent of immediate action to reduce the damage that has been done to the atmosphere.

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11:47 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic 'Scam'

House Speaker John Boehner says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November’s mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote.

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12:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Rob Reiner Reflects On Making Movies From 'And So It Goes' To 'Princess Bride'

Rob Reiner pictured at the Here & Now studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:21 am

Whether as an actor in the classic 1970s show “All in The Family,” or as the director of films such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride,” Rob Reiner has been making people laugh for decades.

His latest film is the romantic comedy “And So It Goes,” a sort of “When Harry Met Sally” for the senior citizen set starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

Reiner said in his romantic comedies he explores what he’s come to know about the relationships between women and men.

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11:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Are House Calls Making A Comeback?

The house call might be coming back, in a big way. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Long ago, doctors visited the sick instead of the other way around. In our modern era of crowded waiting rooms, it’s hard to believe there ever was another way. Yet, this may soon change.

Due to a growing older population and rising medical costs, the doctor home visit is getting a second look. The Affordable Care Act is funding a three-year pilot project called Independence at Home that provides physician home visits for selected Medicare patients.

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11:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Big Money In Dollar Tree's Acquisition Of Family Dollar

A Dollar Tree store is seen on July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Dollar Tree announced it will buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In an $8.5 billion deal, Dollar Tree has agreed to acquire its rival discount chain, Family Dollar. What does this mean for Dollar General? And could Wal-Mart take customers away from all of them?

Howard Davidowitz joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss how the business of dollar stores has adapted as the economy has improved.

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12:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows

The New England grocery store chain Market Basket is launching its first official website amid employee protests. (demoulasmarketbasket.com)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:56 pm

It’s been a big week for Market Basket.

For a window into everything about this family-owned business that has been successful — despite deep divisions at the top — you just have to go online. From our own WBUR to Buzzfeed, countless publications are writing about the New England grocery store chain’s ongoing employee protests and resulting empty shelves.

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12:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes

Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square on July 22. Inside, store shelves emptied this week as employees refused to deliver and stock products. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:56 pm

At a New England grocery store, employees are protesting labor changes — but it’s not what you’re expecting. Market Basket’s 25,000 employees don’t have a problem with their own working conditions. Rather, they want ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas put back in his position.

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12:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

Facebook reportedly boasts impressive employee perks, but a competitive retirement plan is not among them, according to Bloomberg (Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr).

Bloomberg has ranked the best and worst companies to retire from, and some of the results are surprising: ConocoPhillips provides some of the most generous retirement benefits to employees, while Whole Foods and Facebook are ranked near the bottom.

Bloomberg’s Michael Regan joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain how the publication calculated the rankings.

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