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Why The Country's 911 Emergency Call System Needs An Upgrade (Rebroadcast)

The country's 911 emergency call system was designed for landline telephones. With the growing reliance on mobile technology, experts say it’s out of date. We discuss current gaps in the 911 system and how it can be improved.

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New Research On Teens, Toddlers and Mobile Devices (Rebroadcast)

One new study says teens spend nine hours a day using media. Another survey finds a surprising number of toddlers have their own iPad or smartphone. Diane and a panel of experts discuss the latest research on screen time and kids.

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Chemist Wants To Change The Color Of Science

Minorities are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields. John Dimandja is a Congolese chemist on the faculty of Spelman College who's pointing the way into STEM careers for students of color.
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What Brazil's Museum Of Tomorrow Means To Locals Today

The museum is meant to revitalize Rio de Janeiro and inspire environmental stewardship. To critics it's an eyesore that alienates the local community.
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The Cybersecurity Argument For And Against Device Encryption

Government officials argue that encrypted communication poses national security risks. But tech companies say that making it possible to unlock devices would make the tools less secure for everyone.
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Answering Your Questions About The Democratic Data Breach

A software bug allowing rival campaigns to see each other's data is a major problem. The Democratic National Committee is investigating what happened.

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Libraries Lend Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spots To Those Who Need Internet Service

The mobile Wi-Fi hot spots let people get Internet service anywhere there's a cell connection. The library in Spring Hill, Tenn., is joining the likes of big-city libraries in New York and Chicago.
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Hip-Hop Vocab: The Lexicon Is In The Lyrics

College student Austin Martin has created a website that uses rap lyrics to teach vocabulary to middle and high school students.
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Hoverboard Fires Linked To New Manufacturing Process In China

The hot gift this Christmas season is a hoverboard — those two wheeled electronic scooters. But they have been catching fire. The boards and the danger result from a new kind of manufacturing process on the rise in China.
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Computer Glitch Allows 3,000 Inmates Early Release In Washington State

Since 2002, a computer error by the state's Department of Corrections permitted as many as 3,200 prisoners to be freed early. The department knew about the problem but a coding fix was never made.

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