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Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

npr.org — We've all heard that automated voice mail lady, telling us what to do after the beep. But fewer people than ever are leaving messages. And the millennials, they won't even listen to them - they'd much rather receive a text or Facebook message.
Oct 23, 2014

PLEASE Do Not Leave A Message: Why #Millennials Hate Voice Mail. Couldn't agree more. n.pr/1D1bBzB

Oct 23, 2014

maybe voicemail will eventually be something special, like a telegram once was, says one millennial. npr.org/blogs/alltechc…

Oct 23, 2014

Millennials may be leading the anti-voice mail revolution, but we welcome all generations to hate it too. n.pr/1vUM2ju #newboom

Oct 23, 2014

RT @GusContreras21: I do this too --- Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail n.pr/1D1bEex #newboom

Outside Group Sends Blunt Message In N.C. Senate Race

By S. Date
npr.org — "More weed, less war." That's the latest campaign slogan in the North Carolina Senate race advertising wars. And no, neither Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan nor Republican challenger Thom Tillis is jumping on the state's marijuana legalization effort. A quarter million dollars in online ads is now supporting a third-party Senate challenger - Libertarian candidate and pizza delivery guy Sean Haugh.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @RobertMaguire_: Koch #darkmoney group supports #NCSen liberterian candidate as "More Weed, Less War." Candidate not too happy. buff.ly/1tO7lV0

Oct 23, 2014

RT @kenvogel: #NCSen funny biz: Koch-backed org bought $225k in ads boosting Libertarian as "more weed, less war" to hurt Kay Hagan npr.org/blogs/itsallpo…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @kenvogel: #NCSen funny biz: Koch-backed org bought $225k in ads boosting Libertarian as "more weed, less war" to hurt Kay Hagan npr.org/blogs/itsallpo…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @kenvogel: #NCSen funny biz: Koch-backed org bought $225k in ads boosting Libertarian as "more weed, less war" to hurt Kay Hagan npr.org/blogs/itsallpo…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @kenvogel: #NCSen funny biz: Koch-backed org bought $225k in ads boosting Libertarian as "more weed, less war" to hurt Kay Hagan npr.org/blogs/itsallpo…

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Meet The Hero Dogs Of The Secret Service

npr.org — Hurricane "enjoys playing with his Kong toy." Jordan is partial to walks around the White House. Both have brown eyes and according to tweets from the Secret Service are "ready to work." Meet the hero dogs, who helped take down the latest man to jump the fence at the White House.
Oct 23, 2014

We know you want to meet the hero dogs of the Secret Service, Jordan and Hurricane. npr.org/blogs/itsallpo… pic.twitter.com/lXH7hnF3p7

Frank Mankiewicz, Aide Who Announced Robert Kennedy's Death, Dies

npr.org — Frank Mankiewicz, who worked for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovner, died Thursday night at a hospital in Washington, D.C., according to family spokesman Adam Clymer. He was 90. As press secretary to Kennedy, Makiewicz announced his death in June 1968. He ran Sen. George McGovern's presidential campaign in 1972.
Oct 24, 2014

Frank Mankiewicz, Aide Who Announced Robert Kennedy's Death, Dies n.pr/12nE5Zb via @nprpolitics

Eastern Oklahoma Coal Mining Comeback Stalls as Demand From China Falls

stateimpact.npr.org — In May of last year, it looked like impoverished areas of eastern Oklahoma would be getting a lifeline. Coal mining, once a vital industry there, was on a comeback thanks to increasing international demand. The prospect of hundreds of new jobs had people in the area excited when StateImpact first visited Heavener, but things have changed since then.

Pirates, Princesses, Witches And Vampires: Stocking Costumes Is Serious Business

npr.org — What are you going to be for Halloween? If you don't know, don't feel bad. Most people don't figure it out until the last minute. That makes running a costume shop a challenging business. If you don't have a enough of the costume people want, you don't have time to re-stock it.
Oct 23, 2014

Pirates, Princesses, Witches And Vampires: Stocking Costumes Is Serious Business: Costume shop owners think ab... n.pr/1uM1Hxc

FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

npr.org — Snake venom, Vitamin C, Nano Silver and herbs have all been pitched online as a treatment or cure for Ebola. None has the backing of the FDA. "Unfortunately during public health threats such as Ebola, fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat, cure disease often appear on the market almost overnight," says Gary Coody, the FDA's national health fraud coordinator.
Oct 23, 2014

Ebola treatments...have you tried Nano Silver? How about Oregano? FDA Cracks Down On Fake #Ebola Cures Sold Online n.pr/1D1QRrk

How Many People Die From Flu Each Year? Depends How You Slice The Data

npr.org — Have the media been scaring people enough when it comes to reporting flu's death risk? Or too little? For as long as I can remember now, we've been saying 36,000 people die each year from the flu. When we've asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updated figures, they told us 36K was the best they had.

Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

npr.org — When Ebola began killing people in the Monrovia suburb of Clara Town several months ago, some residents blamed vaccines. One vaccinator in the town says mothers didn't want her near their babies.
Oct 23, 2014

Another deadly outcome of Ebola? Decreased vaccinations. Via @nprnews: #Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated n.pr/1DBrFKD

Oct 23, 2014

Ebola is keeping kids from getting vaccinated in Liberia n.pr/1DBrFKD

Oct 23, 2014

RT @Global_ErinH: Not a typo: routine vaccine coverage in Liberia plummets from 97% to 27% bc of #Ebola npr.org/blogs/goatsand… via @NPRHealth

Oct 23, 2014

Before #Ebola, 97 percent of babies (in Liberia) were getting routine vaccinations. Now it's at 27 percent." n.pr/1wftHz7 #tragic

Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

npr.org — Ed. Note: In lieu of our typical Sandwich Monday, Peter posts his New Orleans Food Diary. Why could we not do Sandwich Monday AND a Food Diary? Because Peter is still too full to eat.] My family and I just returned from four days in New Orleans, and like most tourists to that fair Southern city, we ate like gypsy moths in a hardwood forest.

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

npr.org — In certain New Orleans music scenes, there is a special sound - a signal - which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. "It's a bugle call, or a band call, to assemble," trumpeter Leroy Jones says. "It's like: C'mon, rally," musician Matt Bell adds.
Oct 24, 2014

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans flip.it/qQ6uP

Oct 23, 2014

RT @katyreckdahl: From @NPR: the shared language of two late-night New Orleans creatures -- mockingbirds and musicians. @Eve_Abrams tinyurl.com/musicmock

An Answer For Americans Who Ask: What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

npr.org — Health officials are saying it. Scientists are saying it. Heck, even many journalists are saying it: "The risk of Ebola infection remains vanishingly small in this country," The New York Times wrote Wednesday. But what does that mean? Are you more likely to be struck by lightning or catch Ebola?

Cigarette-Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking At Work

npr.org — Reynolds American, the country's second-largest cigarette maker, is changing its policy on smoking in the office. Until now, Reynolds employees have been able to light up at their desks but come January, workers will have to either go outside or use specially equipped smoking rooms. "We allowed smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, traditional tobacco products throughout our facilities," says David Howard, a spokesman for Reynolds American.
Oct 23, 2014

Wait...what? RT @NPRHealth: Cigarette Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking In The Workplace n.pr/12kJ64C

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Oct 23, 2014

Fortune's 13th most powerful women in business says "I don't think of myself as a powerful woman" n.pr/12kWLsl

Die-Hard And Fair-Weather Fans Alike Have A Case Of Royals Fever

npr.org — Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night, tying up the World Series. And most Royals fans, are feeling pretty good this October. They're amazed to see their team play baseball at all this post-season, and to even have a spot in the World Series.
Oct 23, 2014

Via @nprnews: Die-Hard And Fair-Weather Fans Alike Have A Case Of Royals Fever: Great radio from Suzanne Hogan n.pr/1rkDvks

Oct 23, 2014

Sacred dirt to Grammy's birthday to punk show...@kcur's Suzanne Hogan on the #Royals fans on @npr this morning. n.pr/1rkDvks

Oct 23, 2014

Got emotional listening to this @NPR story on K.C. and the @Royals this morning: n.pr/1ypXtzd Wish I could be there

Ben Bradlee On Journalism: Be 'Fair' And 'Honest,' But Don't 'Back Down'

npr.org — Bradlee was the executive editor for the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He published the Pentagon Papers and covered Watergate. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at 93, talked with Terry Gross in 1995.
Oct 23, 2014

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