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Securing a spot in an elite Shanghai kindergarten for their 3-year-old boy wasn't going to be easy. But Lenora Chu and her husband were determined. Besides, the school was just down the street from where the two American journalists lived in the world's biggest city.

Why the opioid crisis is an American problem

Oct 26, 2017
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In a speech on Thursday at the White House, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency. "The fact is, this is a worldwide problem," he said.

That might be so, but the crisis is much worse in the United States than in other countries.

Photo courtesy of Macer Gifford. 

In the battle to expel ISIS from Raqqa, at least one Western volunteer faced off against the extremists on the front lines with Kurdish troops. 

He's a 30-year-old British former currency trader who goes by the pseudonym Macer Gifford. 

"We were the ones in the city taking the ground, taking the buildings, fighting in the stairwells, fighting in the cellars, whereas the Americans and Brits were mostly the ones flying the drones," Gifford says. 

What Happens When Your Unconscious Mind Is In Charge

Oct 26, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Master Of Art And Science

Oct 26, 2017

Can The Latest Wi-Fi Security Bug Be Patched?

Oct 26, 2017

Credit agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor's recently put out reports laying out this scenario: federal disaster spending drying up while damages from increasing disasters continue to rise. If cities, counties or states are left more on their own to fund rebuilding after natural disasters like hurricanes, they could have a lot of trouble managing their finances. That risk needs to be calculated into municipal bond ratings, the agencies say, to better reflect the risks that disaster-prone areas face, whether it’s superstorms, floods, wildfires or drought.

President Donald Trump has long promised to declare the opioid crisis in America a national emergency, freeing up more federal resources to fight the epidemic. Today turned out to the be the day. At the White House this afternoon, the president directed acting Health Secretary Eric Hargan to declare a public health emergency under the Public Health Services Act. The declaration comes with no new money. It does cut some red tape to help more people get treatment and frees up other sources of funding. 

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The Health Risks That Follow A Wildfire

Oct 26, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Master Of Art And Science

Oct 26, 2017

Science Goes To The Movies: Blade Runner 2049

Oct 26, 2017

The NAACP is advising African-American travelers to watch out for American Airlines.

The civil rights organization has compiled accounts of "disturbing incidents," including a case involving two traveling companions who showed up with first-class tickets. The white passenger was allowed in first, while the black passenger got bumped down to coach.

(Markets Edition) Amazon will soon provide a delivery service where employees will unlock your door and drop off packages when you aren't home. And this isn't a pilot project: it'll roll out in 37 cities next month. We'll look at how this whole thing will work and how much it'll cost you. Afterwards, we'll chat with Diane Swonk from DS Economics about what we can expect from tomorrow's third-quarter GDP report, and then  discuss news that the FCC might make it easier for media companies to own more news outlets in the same local market.

 

Now Amazon wants to leave a package inside your house

Oct 26, 2017

You’ve maybe noticed more packages piling up at people’s doorsteps as we buy more stuff from companies like Amazon. Now comes Amazon Key, a service that allows delivery people to open your front door and drop that package inside while you’re gone. Sounds sketchy, but it’s starting in 37 cities next month. 

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Last year, more than half a million people who visited the US overstayed their visas, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Overall, it's a small percentage, just a bit over 1 percent of the millions of visitors who arrive annually. Yet, it is a group of people, often entering legal limbo the day their permission expires, who are increasingly nervous about deportation as the Trump administration's broad immigration crackdown continues.

Restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming from some countries have been rolled back. But now U.S. officials are requiring any person traveling to the country be subject to new, tighter screenings. 

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(U.S. Edition) You might encounter even longer lines at the airport starting today. Any person traveling to the U.S. will be subject to new, tighter screenings. On today's show, we'll take a look at what these new rules will entail. Afterwards, we'll discuss Europe's rising fortunes — which may be enough for the European Central Bank to roll back its economic stimulus system. Then, we'll look at growing concerns about the amount of oil and gas that thieves are stealing from pipelines in Mexico. 

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service…Today, the European Central Bank meets to decide whether or not it will ease off its program to buy bonds to boost growth. What does that mean for the Euro? Afterwards, Kenyans head to the polls today - again. A presidential election in August was annulled by the country's highest court, causing turmoil and protests. We look at what impact political uncertainty has had on the country's tourism industry. Then - a group of fourteen countries in western and central Africa will be watching what comes out of Brussels with interest.

How to protect your business from the latest cyber attack

Oct 26, 2017

The latest cyberattack, called Bad Rabbit, started on Tuesday in Europe and quickly spread to the U.S. This outbreak, like WannaCry and NotPetya, are forms of ransomware. It's when hackers encrypt files on victims' computers and demand money in exchange for unlocking the system. 

Training employees is the best way to avoid a security breach.

10/26/2017: Creating a ransomware crisis plan

Oct 26, 2017

A ransomware attack called Bad Rabbit hit this week, starting in Europe and spreading to businesses in the U.S. This is the latest in a string of ransomware attacks in the past year. On this episode, we look at how an attack affected KQED, the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco. And we talk to a security expert about how to protect your business and recover from an attack. 

What Happens When Your Unconscious Mind Is In Charge

Oct 25, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Master Of Art And Science

Oct 25, 2017

The Health Risks That Follow A Wildfire

Oct 25, 2017

10/25/2017: Hey, how much are you making?

Oct 25, 2017

That question is illegal in some places, as a new wave of laws in cities and states prohibit employers from asking for a job candidate's salary history in the hiring process. And the Senate struck down a rule that made it easier for consumers to sue banks and credit card companies for financial relief, which also allows banks to keep using mandatory arbitration clauses. We explore what this means for consumers like yourself and the arbitration industry.

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