Mon June 22, 2015
Planet Money

Husbands And Wives: Who Works, Who Doesn't?

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Marriage And Work Over Time

In the early 1970s, there was a standard model for married couples where at least one spouse worked full time: In two-thirds of those marriages, the man worked and the woman didn't.

Over the next several decades, that changed dramatically, as more and more women moved into full-time jobs.

By the turn of the century, the standard had reversed: In nearly two-thirds of these marriages, both people worked full time.

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Mon June 22, 2015

After Waterway Closure, Minneapolis Sees An End To River Shipping

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:07 am

It's late on a Tuesday morning and — as it's done every day for decades — the Patrick Gannaway towboat pushes its two barges up the Mississippi River right through downtown Minneapolis.

To get its 2,400 tons of sand, gravel, and limestone past the river's only waterfall, the barges take a five-story vertical ride inside the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock.

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Mon June 22, 2015

Summit To Concentrate On Greece's Impending Deadline To Repay IMF Loan

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 6:54 pm

Demonstrators hold flags and banners during a protest march in solidarity with Greece in Brussels on Sunday. Heads of state in the eurozone will meet in Brussels on Monday for a special summit to discuss the financial crisis with Greece.
Virginia Mayo AP

European leaders hold an emergency summit in Brussels on Monday in an effort to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debts. Greece owes the International Monetary Fund $1.8 billion by the end of this month, and it needs Europe's help to make the payment. But the Athens government is refusing to commit to an economic overhaul package that officials are demanding.

Greece has come close to default many times before — only to work out a last-minute compromise with its creditors. This time, though, it faces much longer odds.

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Sun June 21, 2015
Around the Nation

When The Local Paper Closes, Where Does The Community Turn?

The Montgomery and Prince George's County Gazettes in Maryland were two locally focused papers that have shut down.
Lydia Thompson NPR

When Betsy Freeman moved to Damascus, Md., 30 years ago, the first thing she looked for was a local community newspaper.

Along with meeting her new neighbors, Freeman met the Gazette.

"The Gazette papers were the thing that really welcomed you into the community," she says.

She's now mourning the loss of the Montgomery and Prince George's county Gazettes, which closed their doors last week after more than 55 years.

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Sat June 20, 2015

Residents Fight To Block Fracked Gas In New York's Finger Lakes

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:45 pm

At an October protest, hundreds of "We Are Seneca Lake" members block the gates of Crestwood Midstream to protest against the expansion of fracked gas storage in the Finger Lakes.
PR Newswire AP

New York state's Seneca Lake is the heart of the Finger Lakes, a beautiful countryside of steep glacier-carved hills and long slivers of water with deep beds of salt. It's been mined on Seneca's shore for more than a century.

The Texas company Crestwood Midstream owns the mine now, and stores natural gas in the emptied-out caverns. It has federal approval to increase the amount, and it's seeking New York's OK to store 88 million gallons of propane as well.

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Sat June 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

Tobacco Is Smokin' Again In Zimbabwe

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

A worker at Boka Tobacco auction floors displays some of the tobacco crop, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday May 14, 2013. The country's tobacco selling season kicked off in February and to date tobacco worth over $400 million dollars has been sold to buyers mostly from China and the European Union.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

Noisy trolleys roll bales of tobacco on and off the auction floors in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. Here they call it "green gold." Some of the country's estimated 100,000 small-scale tobacco farmers look on, hoping for profitable sales.

Auctioneers, quoting prices at high speed, pace up and down rows of extra-large jute-covered bundles, with yellow tobacco leaves spilling out.

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Fri June 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Neighbors Of Brooklyn Deli Fight Gentrification With Grass-Fed Tuna Salad

Tongue in cheek signs in the front window of Jesse's Deli are part of the campaign to bring attention to the high rent faced by long-time businesses in Brooklyn.
Jesse Itayim

Locally Sourced Vegetarian Citrus Fizz? $5.99. Grass Fed Himalayan Tuna Salad? That'll be $9.99. Taking gentrification and a rent hike into your own hands? Priceless.

That's how the neighbors at Jesse's Deli in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood are trying to save their local convenience store.

Owner Jesse Itayim opened his doors in 1984 at the corner of Bergen and Bonds Avenue, spending time in that location and another before moving to his current location, 402 Atlantic Ave., in 1989.

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Fri June 19, 2015

Hartford, Conn., Bets On Baseball To Revive Ailing Economy

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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Fri June 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Toyota's Top Female Executive Arrested In Japan On Drug Charges

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:19 pm

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer and Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp speaks to media during a news conference in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo on June 18.
Kyodo Reuters/Landov

Julie Hamp — Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago — has been arrested in Japan for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

A total of 57 pills were discovered by Japanese customs officials on June 11 inside a package that Hamp mailed to herself from Kentucky, declaring the contents to be a necklace, according to Japanese news reports.

Oxycodone is legal in the U.S. with a prescription.

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Fri June 19, 2015

U.S. Diplomats To Hold Talks With Their Chinese Counterparts Next Week

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 6:49 pm

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