12:33am

Mon January 28, 2013
Business

Beyond Portlandia: Subaru Drives For America's Heartland

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 7:11 am

Subaru, known for its success in Denver, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, aims to expand its market to Texas and Tennessee.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

The car market in the U.S. is at its most competitive. Not only are big companies like General Motors and Toyota slugging it out, but in order to survive, small-niche players like Subaru also are trying to push into the mainstream.

The Japanese carmaker is popular in Denver, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. Now Subaru has its sights on Texas and Tennessee.

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12:31am

Mon January 28, 2013
The Salt

How One Man Tried To Slim Down Big Soda From The Inside

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:42 am

PepsiCo's product line ranges from salty chips and its sugary namesake drink to more healthful fare like hummus and yogurt. In 2010, the company announced plans to cut sugar, fat and sodium in its products to address health and nutrition concerns.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Many big food companies are caught in a dilemma these days. They want to rebrand themselves as merchants of health — Coca-Cola's new anti-obesity ads are just the latest example — but many of their profits still come from products that make nutritionists scowl.

If there's one person who symbolizes this tension, it's Derek Yach.

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12:30am

Mon January 28, 2013
Africa

Egypt's Salafis Emerge As Powerful And Controversial Political Force

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 7:11 am

A protester holds a Quran at a Salafi rally for the enforcement of Islamic Shariah law last fall in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Repressed during the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, the country's ultra-conservative Salafis have seen a resurgence since the Arab Spring uprising.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany Reuters/Landov

The uprisings of the Arab Spring unleashed a new political force in the region — Salafis. These ultra-conservative Muslims aspire to a society ruled entirely by a rigid form of Islamic law. Their models are the salaf, or ancestors, referring to the earliest Muslims who lived during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.

To their critics, the Salafis are religious fanatics who are trying to drag the region back to 7th-century Arabia. But the Salafis maintain that they are offering the purest alternative to the dictatorships that have long dominated the region.

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12:29am

Mon January 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Hemp Gets The Green Light In New Colorado Pot Measure

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 7:13 am

Hemp products for sale in Washington, D.C., in 2010. The U.S. is the world's largest consumer of hemp products, although growing hemp is illegal under federal law. Colorado recently passed a measure that legalizes growing hemp.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado, small-scale pot shops will open up soon in places like Denver and Boulder. But that's not the only business that could get a boost: Large-scale commercial farmers may also be in line to benefit.

Why? When Colorado voters legalized marijuana last November, they also legalized hemp.

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12:25am

Mon January 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 2:15 pm

Could you say "no" to this face? Christoph Bartneck of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand recently tested whether humans could end the life of a robot as it pleaded for survival.
Christoph Bartneck

In 2007, Christoph Bartneck, a robotics professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, decided to stage an experiment loosely based on the famous (and infamous) Milgram obedience study.

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10:56pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

"Is This Thing On?": A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, etc

In today's workplace, being a digital doofus often means career doom.  Yet millions of people, including well-educated people still are tech-light but are embarrassed to admit it, let alone to get help.


On the March 10, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, Barbara and Marty Nemko will try to offer a bit of such help. They'll discuss the book, Is This Thing On?:" A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming.  Plus listeners can call in for a 3-minute workover.

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10:52pm

Sun January 27, 2013

8:27pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Minds Over Matter for 1/27/13

Minds Over Matter, Jan. 27 2013

This episode features Dana Rodriguez, Joshua Kosman, and Gerry Nachman

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8:13pm

Sun January 27, 2013
A LISTENING WORLD 1/28 @ NOON

Generation Putin

It's been over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Young people in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Georgia are facing unemployment, democratic pressure, and the legacy of repression, while being influenced by the West, punk music, and the Pussy Riot trials. PRX sent a reporting team from the Seattle Globalist to explore the tensions in these countries, described by The Atlantic as 'uneasily suspended' between two political eras.

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2:54pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Around the Nation

A Doctor's Kindness Gives Homeless Inventor A Second Chance

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 3:34 pm

Mike Williams (left) was homeless and broke in Sacramento, Calif., when he met Dr. Jong Chen. Now the two men are working together to develop a portable housing pod for the homeless.
Courtesy of Mike Williams

In California in the early 1980s, a cracked tooth sent Mike Williams to the dentist's office.

When Williams asked to see the tooth, the dentist said he had a mirror but that there was no camera or anything to show people the insides of their mouths. So, Williams invented one: the first intraoral camera.

His invention was a big success, and it led to other medical technology ventures that made him millions of dollars. Williams' career as an inventor and entrepreneur took off, but it wouldn't last.

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