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Couch-Surfing: Global Travel On The Cheap

Nearly 4 million people are members of CouchSurfing.org, and can find a host in every country — including Antarctica and North Korea — free of charge.

New Yorker staff writer Patricia Marx became a member recently, and stayed with seven friendly strangers, from a graduate student in Iowa City to a couple in Bermuda in their sixties. She wrote about her experience for the magazine.

NPR's Neal Conan talks with Marx about why people, on both sides of the couch, use the service, and the surprising moments in her couch-surfing adventures.

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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.
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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

California's lawmakers just passed a landmark bill that would make farmworkers eligible for overtime when they work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Some farmers say they can't afford that.
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Republicans Consider Lasting Impression Of Trump On Their Party

Republicans are debating whether — win or lose — Donald Trump has already altered the DNA of the Republican Party.
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Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending.

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