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Tracing Coffee From Ethiopia To D.C.

Few countries are as synonymous with coffee as Ethiopia, whose exports reach consumers all over the world. A few years ago, Ethiopia mandated that its coffee farmers sell their crops through a commodity exchange -- a plan designed to help many of the country's low-income farmers fetch better prices on the market. But that plan's come under criticism from some who feel it's ended direct trade for single origin coffee there and diluted the country's brand. Fresh from a learning tour of Ethiopia, Kojo explores the links between the coffee American consumers drink and the economic fortunes of the farmers who grow it.

Tracing Ethiopian Coffee Across The Globe

Few countries are as synonymous with coffee as Ethiopia, which is said to be the birthplace of Arabica coffee itself. When the Kojo team visited the country in January, it learned about the commodity exchange system through which the Ethiopian government requires coffee farmers to sell their crops.

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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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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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