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Debate Over What Constitutes A Living Wage

Hundreds of fast food workers in Detroit, St Louis and several other cities are walking off the job this week. Their complaint: while the fast food industry is making record profits, workers make minimum wage. They can’t afford, they claim, to cover the basics such as rent and food. Their call for a livable wage of $15 an hour does not seem likely to be met. Still, their grievances strike a chord, especially among those with concerns about the widening gap between rich and poor in this country.

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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
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Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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