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Harvard Student Discusses Why She Opposes The University’s Admissions Process

Oct 17, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Harvard Student Discusses Why She Opposes The University’s Admissions Process

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Harvard University junior Kelley Babphavong about her opposition to the university’s affirmative action admissions process.

To ‘Make Ink’ You Just Need To Look Down Around Your Feet

Oct 17, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on To ‘Make Ink’ You Just Need To Look Down Around Your Feet

NPR’s Ari Shapiro explores the city of Washington, D.C., with artist Jason Logan, and author of Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking, to urban forage for materials to make ink.

Episode 453: What Causes What?

Oct 17, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Episode 453: What Causes What?

Public policy professor Charles Wheelan’s book.

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This episode originally ran in April 2013.

What causes what? The human brain is programmed to answer this question constantly, and using a very basic method. This is how we survive. What made that noise? A bear made that noise. What caused my hand to hurt? Fire caused my hand to hurt.

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But sometimes, we use these simple tools to solve complex problems. And so we get things wrong. I wore my lucky hat to the game. My team won. Therefore, my lucky hat caused my team to win.

On today’s show we dive deep into correlation and causation with Charles Wheelan, author of the book, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data.

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Beto O’Rourke Goes On Attack Against Ted Cruz

Oct 17, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Beto O’Rourke Goes On Attack Against Ted Cruz

Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, seen campaigning in Houston this month, has launched his first attack ads on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz as he tries to regain traction in the last weeks of the campaign.

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Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, seen campaigning in Houston this month, has launched his first attack ads on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz as he tries to regain traction in the last weeks of the campaign.

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign has not been shy about attacking his opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, on television.

Straight out of the GOP playbook, Cruz’s ads have tried to paint his opponent as a radical, left-wing extremist.

In one attack ad, which eventually seemed to backfire, Cruz’s campaign misleadingly edited videotape to make it appear as if O’Rourke said he supported flag burning, which he did not say. O’Rourke said he supported Americans’ right to protest anytime, anywhere, including NFL players on Sundays, launching that and other ads from Cruz.

Until now, O’Rourke has declined to participate in negative campaigning. But with polls showing Cruz with anywhere from a six to nine point lead, the congressman relented and has gone on the attack.

O’Rourke’s latest ads released Wednesday attack Cruz has being heartless and obstructionist on immigration reform, targeting dreamers for deportation, and sowing fear instead of the seeds of compromise.

In their debate in San Antonio on Tuesday, this trend continued.

Cruz painted O’Rourke as a dangerous extremist: “If you work in energy, if you work in oil and gas, Congressman O’Rourke’s record on this is extreme. He didn’t just vote for a ten-dollar-a-barrel tax on oil. He’s also voted for aggressive regulations of fracking.”

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Unlike in their first debate, O’Rourke hit back: “This is what you can expect over the course of this debate. Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you. He’s going to make up positions and votes that I’ve never held or have ever taken. He’s dishonest. It’s why the president called him ‘Lying Ted,’ and it’s why the nickname stuck, because it’s true.”

Although Cruz would force a laugh when O’Rourke attacked him, his face revealed his true emotions; the senator didn’t like it.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, debate in San Antonio on Tuesday. O’Rourke responded to attacks from Cruz in kind, embracing negative campaigning in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, debate in San Antonio on Tuesday. O’Rourke responded to attacks from Cruz in kind, embracing negative campaigning in the final weeks of the campaign.

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But the debate in San Antonio was more than just battle. It was substantive, too. Cruz has the numbers of his side, there are hundreds of thousands more Republican voters in Texas than Democrats. As a result, Cruz spoke mostly to his base.

“The state of Texas is booming,” Cruz said “We’ve got right now the lowest unemployment in 49 years. Texas is seeing the benefits of low taxes and low regulations, and Congressman O’Rourke’s position is always, always, always in favor of higher taxes.”

If Cruz generally played to Republican fears of what would happen if Democrats gained any power, O’Rourke tended to speak to voters’ better angels.

“Whether we will remain the inspiration of the world is an open question right now,” O’Rourke said. “Walls, Muslim bans, the press as the enemy of the people, taking kids away from their parents after they’ve survived a horrifying 2,000 mile journey seeking asylum here in this country. The bitterness, the partisanship, the pettiness, the dishonesty that defined so much of the national conversation. We are in desperate need right now of inspiration.”

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Although O’Rourke is running way ahead of other Texas state-wide Democrats, close still gets you no cigar, says Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

“I think that a very good Democratic candidate running against a flawed Republican candidate has a chance to break through,” said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University. “That’s why O’Rourke came up so strong on Cruz. Cruz is an acquired taste. People respect him as a conservative fighter. They don’t necessarily like him. They gave O’Rourke a look.”

Jillson throws caution on the idea that Texas is about to turn blue: “Democrats have to recognize that competitiveness is a decade or two decades out. It’s not two years, it’s not four years, it’s longer than that because demographic change is very slow.”

‘The Republican Club’ Painter Andy Thomas On How His Work Ended Up In The White House

Oct 16, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on ‘The Republican Club’ Painter Andy Thomas On How His Work Ended Up In The White House

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with Andy Thomas, the creator of “The Republican Club” — a painting that was seen hanging in the White House on Sunday’s 60 Minutes.

Is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman A Reformer Or Not?

Oct 16, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman A Reformer Or Not?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came to international attention with his economic reforms and his creation of more opportunities for women, but he’s now known for repressive acts.

Brothel Owner And Trump-Inspired Candidate Dennis Hof Dies At 72

Oct 16, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Brothel Owner And Trump-Inspired Candidate Dennis Hof Dies At 72

Dennis Hof, seen outside one of his brothels in Nevada earlier this year, was found dead Tuesday. Hof was a brothel owner who beat the three-term Republican candidate in the primary for a district in southern Nevada, a victory that roiled local politics and made national headlines.

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Dennis Hof, seen outside one of his brothels in Nevada earlier this year, was found dead Tuesday. Hof was a brothel owner who beat the three-term Republican candidate in the primary for a district in southern Nevada, a victory that roiled local politics and made national headlines.

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Dennis Hof, who used his celebrity as a brothel owner to launch a political career, was found dead Tuesday at the Love Ranch, one of several legal brothels he owned in Nevada.

Hof was best known for his reality TV show Cathouse that aired on HBO. But recently he stepped into the spotlight as an aspiring politician, vying for a seat in the state assembly. His primary victory over a three-term Republican in a rural district in Southern Nevada roiled local politics and made national headlines.

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His death was confirmed at a Nye County commission meeting. The sheriff’s department indicated he died in his sleep, though the department will investigate the cause, as is standard for unattended deaths, according to county spokesman Arnold Knightly.

The death was a shock for his friends and associates. His chief executive assistant, Zackery Hames, answered his phone but was too emotional to comment. The death was announced Tuesday, two days after Hof’s birthday.

In a recent interview with NPR, Hof was unabashed about his work as a legal pimp and his political aspirations.

“Dennis Hof is the Trump of Pahrump,” Hof said, describing the way people spoke about him in the most populous town in the district. “He’s rich, he’s famous, he’s got nerves of steel. He likes hot girls.”

Hof was expected to win the seat in this very conservative district that consistently votes Republican. But he was running against Democratic candidate Lesia Romanov, an assistant principal from Las Vegas who said she was getting some national support to aid her campaign against him.

He was a controversial figure, and not everyone was thrilled with his candidacy. Some establishment Republicans worked against him. And allegations of sexual assault and rape — allegations he denied — clouded his campaign. Still, he was excited about his path from “pimping to politics,” as he joked.

After the state assembly, Hof said he had his eyes on the governor’s mansion. He credited his political success to Donald Trump, the person he called the “Christopher Columbus” for candidates like him.

Ballots for the Nov. 6 election have already been printed, and notices that Hof has died will be posted at the polls. If Hof should win, according to a spokesman for the Nevada secretary of state, the seat would be considered vacant. Commissioners from the three counties in the district would then appoint another Republican to the position.

Man Booker Prize For Fiction Goes To ‘Milkman’ By Anna Burns

Oct 16, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   World News  //  Comments Off on Man Booker Prize For Fiction Goes To ‘Milkman’ By Anna Burns

Anna Burns, author of Milkman, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction on Tuesday.

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For the first time, a writer from Northern Ireland has won the prestigious Man Booker Award. The prize, given to works of fiction written in English and published in the U.K., was announced at a ceremony Tuesday evening in London.

The winner, Anna Burns, drew on her own experiences during Northern Ireland’s “troubles” to write her novel, Milkman. The story is told through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl who is trying to avoid the dangerous attentions of a paramilitary figure known as the Milkman. Instead she becomes the target of rumor and gossip. None of the characters in the book have names. In an interview on the Man Booker website, Burns said, “In the early days I tried out names a few times but the book wouldn’t stand for it.”

Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of the judging panel said, “None of us has ever read anything like this before.” He called it “a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humor.”

The judges read 170 novels before settling on a short list of 6 nominees that also included:

Daisy Johnson, U.K., Everything Under

Esi Edugyan, Canada, Washington Black

Rachel Kushner, U.S., The Mars Room

Richard Powers, U.S., The Overstory

Robin Robertson, U.K., The Long Take

All the finalists, Appiah said, “take you so far from your comfort zone that you never entirely return.”

The rules for the Man Booker Prize changed in 2014 when American authors were allowed to compete for the award. Last year’s winner was American novelist George Saunders. Sales of Saunders’ novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, increased by more than 1,000 percent, according to an official Man Booker prize press release. No doubt hoping for the same kind of kind of bump, Burns’ U.S. Publisher, Graywolf Press, has announced the book will go on sale in this country on December 11, instead of next year. The winner also gets an award of £50,000 which is equivalent to more than $65,000.

Retail Giant Sears Files For Bankruptcy

Oct 15, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Retail Giant Sears Files For Bankruptcy

Sears has filed for bankruptcy protection, formally acknowledging the lowest moment in the 130-year history of the conglomerate that shaped how Americans shop.

President Trump Has Full Month Of Campaigning As Midterms Approach

Oct 15, 2018   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on President Trump Has Full Month Of Campaigning As Midterms Approach

President Trump is hitting the campaign trail hard in the last few weeks before the mid-term elections.

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