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  1. 6 Lessons About Trump From Season 1 Of 'The Apprentice'

    10.06 / 19:22 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgiWk4zWnJo The drama. The loyalty. The speculation about who stays and who goes . The Trump administration has it all. And so did Donald Trump's run on The Apprentice. The personality that made the show a hit is also what propelled Trump to the presidency. But as with his administration, Trump also stirred controversy on the set. A former producer tells the NPR podcast Embedded that at times Trump used "really unfathomably despicable words" while the…
  2. Consumer Watchdog Proposes New Rules On Payday Lenders

    10.06 / 19:22 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Many payday lenders could go out of business if rules made final this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go into effect. But the changes face stiff headwinds from Republicans in Congress. One new rule would require payday and auto title lenders to determine whether a borrower can afford to repay in full within 30 days. That could thwart a business model that consumer advocates say relies on the rollover of unpaid loans with the accumulation of exorbitant fees and interest…
  3. How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

    10.06 / 19:22 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Monopoly Man became the Internet crush of the day on Wednesday, after upstaging former Equifax CEO Richard Smith at a Senate hearing on the company's massive data breach. The board game character, whose name is Rich Uncle Pennybags, was brought to life by Amanda Werner, an arbitration campaign manager for Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform, groups that advocate for consumer rights and protections. Almost immediately, the monocle, mustache, top hat, pillowcase-sized bag of…
  4. 'Florida Project' Turns A Decrepit Corner Of Orlando Into A Cinematic Playground

    10.06 / 14:24 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    You had to wonder how director Sean Baker would follow up his shot-on-an-iPhone, transgender-prostitute comedy Tangerine if he ever got a hold of enough cash to pay for a star and a Steadicam. His extraordinary, almost-homeless-family dramedy, The Florida Project , provides the exhilarating answer. It's set in a pastel Orlando that feels spiritually far removed from all things Disney — call it a "less magical kingdom." This sun-baked, off-ramp wasteland boasts brightly colored motels with k…
  5. Firm Behind 'Fearless Girl' Statue Underpaid Female, Black Execs, U.S. Says

    10.06 / 14:24 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The State Street Corporation, a financial services company that put the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street to promote the importance of women working in corporate leadership roles, will pay $5 million after an investigation found that it underpaid female and black executives. The company denies any wrongdoing, but will pay as part of a settlement with the Department of Labor. Law360 reported on the payout earlier this week , and Bloomberg posted the text of the conciliation agreement…
  6. U.S. Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

    10.06 / 14:24 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly seven-year streak of continuous job gains, but economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market. Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate…
  7. Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize; Las Vegas Shooter's Motive Still Unknown

    10.06 / 12:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Good morning, here are our early stories: -- International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Peace Prize. -- Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive. -- Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan. And here are more early headlines: Trump's Cryptic Reference To "Calm Before The Storm". ( NBC ) Nate Predicted To Hit U.S. Gulf Coast As A Hurricane. ( NHC ) U.K. Leader Says She Has Support After Speech With Mishaps. ( BBC )…
  8. Militia Defendant Wants Cliven Bundy Trial Postponed After Las Vegas Massacre

    10.06 / 11:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday will consider a motion to delay the start of next week's high profile trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia associates. In two motions filed by one of the defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville armed standoff this week, the court-appointed attorneys for militia sympathizer Ryan Payne argue that the trial should be delayed in light of Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas at a country music concert that left 59 dead and almost 500 injured.…
  9. Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares To Other Countries

    10.06 / 11:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Last weekend's massacre in Las Vegas is only the latest reminder of the persistent gun violence in the United States. And a new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence not related to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared to those in much of the rest of the world. Take countries with the top indicators of socioeconomic success — income per person and average education level, for instance. The United States ranks ninth in the world among them, b…
  10. President Johnson's Crime Commission Report, 50 Years Later

    10.06 / 11:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    If you've ever called 911 to report an emergency, thank the Johnson Crime Commission. Establishing a national emergency number was just one of more than 200 recommendations the Commission offered up in a landmark 1967 report "for a safer and more just society." Two years earlier, President Lyndon Johnson had appointed lawyers, educators, law enforcement officers, social workers and others – 19 members in all — to the group officially called the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and …
  11. 'Unkindness Of Ghosts' Transposes The Plantation's Cruelty To The Stars

    10.06 / 11:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Rivers Solomon's An Unkindness of Ghosts is the kind of novel I need to describe in terms of what it did to me. Reading it, I felt it carving out a vastness inside me, pouring itself into me like so many stars, and the more I read the bigger I felt, falling down a rabbit-hole of sky and wanting only to go deeper and farther with every page. Aster lives on a generation ship called Matilda , organized much like an antebellum plantation in space: The black and brown people on the lower decks,…
  12. For Traumatized Children, An Offer Of Help From The Muppets

    10.06 / 11:57 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVhkPAge_TY Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fingers, count them (of course), and blow on each one in turn as if he were blowing out a birthday candle. Afterward, Cookie declares, in his familiar growly voice, that he feels much better. "Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed." You won't be catching this scene on HBO or PBS. It's part of a special initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. Free materials,…
  13. International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

    10.06 / 10:00 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, a global organization seeking to "outlaw and eliminate all nuclear weapons" under international law. The prize was announced in Oslo, Norway, on Monday morning. The committee praised ICAN "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such…
  14. Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan

    10.06 / 10:00 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnhovVz7NR0 At the marathon Senate Budget Committee hearing this week, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., strolled in like a man who had just quit his job and was ready to tell the boss what he really thinks. "I have difficulty putting that much energy in to discussing this budget document because this is some of the most meaningless work that we do here," Corker said with a sigh. "It has nothing to do with the chairman or the committee. It's a waste of time." Corker…
  15. No Class Action: Supreme Court Weighs Whether Workers Must Face Arbitrations Alone

    10.06 / 10:00 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Suing one's employer can be scary enough, but it's even scarier doing it alone. Many employers are increasingly requiring workers to sign agreements requiring them to resolve workplace disputes about anything from harassment to discrimination to wage theft through individual arbitration. In other words, the language does not permit them to join forces with colleagues who might have similar complaints. Whether such prohibitions on collective arbitration are legal is at issue in a trio of…
  16. Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive

    10.06 / 06:12 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Investigators in Las Vegas are sifting through evidence they've gathered from the homes of the man who sprayed a concert crowd with gunfire. They've begun to interview his girlfriend. They've learned quite a bit about Stephen Paddock's past and preparation, but there is still no explanation why he damaged and destroyed so many lives. Ken Russell is a retired wildlife biologist who lives in the same neighborhood where the Las Vegas shooter lived, in the sunny retirement community of Sun…
  17. Nearly 70 percent of venture capital comes from outside of MD

    10.06 / 06:12 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Almost 70 percent of venture capital investments for start-ups in Baltimore are coming from outside of Maryland, according a Johns Hopkins report released last week. That is causing some businesses to relocate out of state, while others have…
  18. Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

    10.06 / 06:12 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from his company following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed female assistants, executives and actresses for decades. The Times report also says Weinstein settled complaints with at least eight women. Weinstein is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. He and his…
  19. IRS Audit Counters Claims Of 'Witch Hunt' Targeting Conservatives

    10.06 / 06:12 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: During the Obama administration, many conservatives railed against the IRS. They accused the agency of going on a witch hunt against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations seeking tax exempt status. In fact, the IRS was targeting many progressive groups, too. That's the finding in a new report by the Treasury Department's own watchdog, as NPR's Peter Overby reports. PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: The scandal goes back to…
  20. Authorities Say Stephen Paddock May Have Plotted Attacks At Other Music Festivals

    10.06 / 06:12 wypr.org Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: In Las Vegas, new details are trickling out about the man who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at a music festival Sunday. At the same time, there are still lots of questions that remain unanswered. And for the latest, we're joined now by NPR's Leila Fadel in Las Vegas. And, Leila, first, what are authorities saying that's new about the gunman? LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Well, what we know now is that the shooter may have made…