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'Sharknado' Part Deux: The Laughably Bad Epic Strikes Back

npr.org — Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?

Episode 557: Doing Business Like A Refugee

npr.org — In most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work. But Mohammed Osman Ali is a refugee in Uganda, and there, he legally runs a video game arcade and a variety store. Today on the show, why most countries won't let refugees work. And why Uganda is trying something different.
Jul 30, 2014

Episode 557: Doing Business Like A Refugee: Today on the show: Why most countries in the developing world won'... n.pr/1u1G25z

Jul 30, 2014

RT @planetmoney: Why most countries won't let #refugees work. And why Uganda is trying something different. - n.pr/1k8e5sf

As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain

npr.org — New Jersey used to be known as "the nation's medicine chest," but over the last two decades, many of the state's pharmaceutical industry jobs have dried up or moved elsewhere and left millions of square feet of office space, warehouses and laboratories sitting empty.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @alexgoldmark: 8500 people used to work there. Now, there are just 38. NJ has a drug (company) problem. n.pr/1qLnBVp by @danielptucker

Jul 30, 2014

RT @alexgoldmark: 8500 people used to work there. Now, there are just 38. NJ has a drug (company) problem. n.pr/1qLnBVp by @danielptucker

Jul 30, 2014

8500 people used to work there. Now, there are just 38. NJ has a drug (company) problem. n.pr/1qLnBVp by @danielptucker

Jul 30, 2014

RT @MorningEdition: Exodus of pharmaceutical companies from New Jersey leaves behind campus-sized ghost towns: n.pr/UBxxSm pic.twitter.com/t2gjBOAcQg

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'Sharknado 2': Winner And Still Chomp

npr.org — I personally was responsible for emotionally bullying at least two of my critic friends into attending the poolside screening of Sharknado 2 that took place at the hotel where press tour happened a couple weeks ago. I make this confession because we must establish the basic understanding that I am merciless when it comes to attempting to con people into watching extraordinarily silly movies.
Jul 30, 2014

If you need background reading for our @npratc segment on Sharknado 2 (and who doesn't), try this from @nprmonkeysee: n.pr/1n3Lq2E

Jul 30, 2014

"There would be no point in watching Sharknado 2 on in seclusion. That would be like playing racquetball in space." npr.org/blogs/monkeyse…

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

npr.org — As tech companies know well, users can be an unruly lot. And with their voices amplified on social media, they can be downright nasty when they're displeased. Such is the case for Foursquare, the location-based check-in app that boasted of its 50 million users worldwide.
Jul 30, 2014

Totally snuck a Chris Gaines reference into my post about the failed rollout of @Foursquare's new Swarm npr.org/blogs/alltechc…

Jul 30, 2014

Myself included! Sorry @Foursquare Via @nprnews: Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff n.pr/1zv3LhK

Jul 30, 2014

RT @nprbusiness Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff n.pr/1nJ31li [Yup. Your move, Facebook]

Jul 30, 2014

A lil post on the @killswarmapp effort & @swarmapp haters. @meredithgould calls it "ugly, dysfunctional, cumbersome" npr.org/blogs/alltechc…

Pa. health department reaches out to doctors amid controversy over drilling complaints

stateimpact.npr.org — Are doctors in Pennsylvania seeing patients with possible health effects from natural gas development? The state Department of Health wants to know. The agency reached out to physicians through the Pennsylvania Medical Society this week, following a recent investigation by StateImpact Pennsylvania into how the agency handled drilling-related health complaints.
Jul 30, 2014

Pa Health Sec. says Dept is working with schools of public health on #fracking reserach n.pr/1qoiINb Schools call that a "stretch"

Jul 30, 2014

.@StateImpactPA reports the Health Dept. is reaching out to doctors re: health complaints and drilling. stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2…

For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

npr.org — To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @nprAudie: Via @nprnews: For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington n.pr/1zwnihG

Jul 30, 2014

Via @nprnews: For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington n.pr/1zwnihG

Who's The Man? Hollywood Heroes Defined Masculinity For Millions

npr.org — Tony Curtis used to say that he'd learned how to kiss a girl by watching Cary Grant at the movies. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he wasn't just sitting behind Grant at the theater - while also noting that he's hardly alone in taking instruction from films. Movies have always offered a window through which audiences, sitting in the dark, can observe human nature without being observed.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @Bob_Mondello: MEN IN MOVIES...tonight on @npratc More fun if you listen, but here's the story (w/o sound for a couple of hours). npr.org/2014/07/30/336…

Terry Gross : NPR

npr.org — Combine an intelligent interviewer with a roster of guests that, according to the Chicago Tribune, would be prized by any talk-show host, and you're bound to get an interesting conversation. Fresh Air interviews, though, are in a category by themselves, distinguished by the unique approach of host and executive producer Terry Gross.
Jul 30, 2014

Today I was intv'ed by the remarkable Terry Gross. The depth+intelligence of her questions is inspiring npr.org/people/2100593…

Pa. health department reaches out to doctors amid controversy over drilling complaints

stateimpact.npr.org — Are doctors in Pennsylvania seeing patients with possible health effects from natural gas development? The state Department of Health wants to know. The agency reached out to physicians through the Pennsylvania Medical Society this week, following a recent investigation by StateImpact Pennsylvania into how the agency handled drilling-related health complaints.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania health department reaches out to doctors amid controversy over drilling complaints n.pr/1qoiINb

Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

npr.org — Eighteen-year-old Anna went off to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York last year, where she says she was raped 16 days into her freshman year. A medical examiner's report found blunt-force trauma, possibly from multiple partners, and a witness described seeing her passed out in the back of a dance hall being raped by football players while others watched or took photos.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @nprpolitics: Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases n.pr/1nKC5BH

Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

npr.org — For the average school kid, weighty, wonky topics like conservation, climate change and the circular economy might sound off-putting, if not downright dull. Yet Christiane Dorion has sold millions of children's books about these very concepts. The trick? She never mentions them.
Jul 30, 2014

How 2 prepare them 4 the #climatecliff : pop-up books make environmental science easy 4 kids - @NPR n.pr/WNrzzx

Jul 30, 2014

Pop-up books like "How Animals Live" are making complex enviro science concepts easy-peasy for kids n.pr/1rDJZfw

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

npr.org — The House voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would address widespread problems with health care for veterans. The vote in favor of the $16.3 billion package was 420 to 5. The problems veterans have had obtaining care has drawn national attention in recent weeks.
Jul 30, 2014

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets ow.ly/2KY0tN

'My Two Italies,' By Joseph Luzzi : NPR

npr.org — I remember taking an intermediate Italian class in college, and to gauge our linguistic level of proficiency, the professor assigned us a short essay to write. Using the Italian I had picked up from my grandparents, I proudly wrote about my familial ancestry in Calabria.
Jul 30, 2014

On Being Italian: Joseph Luzzi, Italian scholar at Bard College, tells his family's story and reflects on the... fb.me/334ysES7F

Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

npr.org — If your boss was fired, would you walk off the job in protest? That's what's happening at the New England grocery store chain Market Basket, which has 25,000 employees. Business at Market Basket stores has slowed to a trickle as workers disrupt operations, stage protests and ask shoppers to stay away.
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