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Sketchy Labor Practices Sour Apple Consumers

Reports have recently surfaced about poor working conditions in Chinese factories that help make consumer electronic products. The companies are accused of exposing workers to toxins, hiring the underage, and improperly disposing waste. Host Michel Martin talks with C-NET Editor Rafe Needleman about these findings.
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Where Eye Care Is A Luxury, Technology Offers Access

Entrepreneurs and researchers are looking for ways to bring the cost of eye care down in the developing world. One group is working on technology that turns a smartphone into an eye exam machine, while another has developed glasses with liquid lenses that change prescriptions with the help of a pump.
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Social Media Acts As Catalyst For Policy Change

Websites like Facebook and Twitter played an integral role in last year's Arab Spring uprisings. But they've also brought about change right here at home. Audie Cornish talks to Clay Shirky, a professor of New Media at New York University, about how social media has fueled policy changes from Bank of America to Verizon, and the most recent backlash with the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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No App For That? Siri's Scottish Problem

In Scotland, Apple's latest iPhone update isn't the smashing success it has been elsewhere. That's because Siri, the voice-controlled personal assistant, can't understand a word they're saying. NPR's Guy Raz puts Siri to the test with brogue-carrier Neil McIntosh.
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New App Navigates Users Through Virginia State Parks

A new smartphone app will make it easier for visitors to navigate trails and other attractions at Virginia state parks.

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20 Million Years Later, Russians Work To Drill Into Lake

Russian researchers in Antarctica are on the verge of piercing a hole through two miles of ice into an ancient lake, untouched by the light of day for some 20 million years. But it'll be a delicate process to break through without disturbing the pristine waters. Guest host David Green speaks with Antarctic researcher John Priscu about the process.
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How Did That Ad Make You Feel? Ask A Computer

Rosalind Picard specializes in something called affective computing. She designs technology that can measure and communicate human emotion. Her work started with autistic children, and from there, she moved on to using computers to assess people's emotional connections to brands.

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