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Predicting The Future With 'Big Data'

"Big data" promises to tap into the vast amount of digital information humans now generate to do more than ever before, including predicting who might commit a crime to when a heart attack might occur. Our guests explore the possibilities and dangers of a future in which everything we do is quantified.

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Yahoo: A Telecommunication Breakdown?

Telecommuting is quickly becoming a new normal for the workplace. So why has tech giant, Yahoo, decided to nix it? Host Michel Martin explores whether staying in the office will help the faltering company stay in the game.
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Sequestration Cuts Will Build Slowly

Since Congress and the White House were unable to find an alternative route to reduce the deficit, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration went into effect Friday. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the impact of the cuts.
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ExxonMobil On Trial For Contaminating Drinking Water

The giant oil company is on trial in New Hampshire. The state says Exxon and other companies knew the additive would pollute. Exxon says the chemical hasn't harmed anyone and was a requirement of federal law to help reduce air pollution.
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Winery To Experiment With 'Drunken Treasure'

Mira Winery, based in Napa Valley, is the first American winery to experiment with aging wine in the ocean. Four cases of the winery's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon are in specially designed cages and sitting at the bottom of the Charleston Harbor; sommeliers will test the wine in three months to record any unique results.
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Hard-Hit Boise Subdivision Lacks Owner-Occupied Homes

The housing crisis has taken a toll in Idaho. Home prices dropped by 46 percent in the Boise area and many people lost homes to foreclosure. Before the bubble burst, Charter Pointe became less a neighborhood of neighbors, and more about investor-buyers looking to make money.
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Wood From The Hood Repurposes Local Logs

There's a small company in Minneapolis called Wood from the Hood that a married couple started as a side venture to their cabinet and millwork business. They take logs cut from city trees and salvage wood that would otherwise be chipped up and burned. As with organic food at a co-op, their selling point is localism.

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