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Before Admin Assistants, There Were Secretaries

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For decades, secretary positions were the only ones women could hold in many workplaces. The hit TV show Mad Men has fed nostalgia for a time when secretaries typed letters and kept the boss happy. But those duties, and the women who filled them, have come a long way. Host Michel Martin talks with Lynn Peril, author of Swimming in the Steno Pool.
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Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

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Food Packaging & Pricing

Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. We talk about how food packaging affects your recipe and wallet.

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Environmental Outlook: The Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

A look at the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

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