3:44am

Mon April 21, 2014
All Tech Considered

Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:53 am

A lock icon signifies an encrypted Internet connection. But thanks to a recently discovered (and now fixed) bug, it's been bleeding out information for a few years.
Mal Langsdon Reuters/Landov

The encryption code unlocked by the Heartbleed bug last week provided vital security for some of the most widely used websites on the Internet. Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source code for their core business. But it turns out no one is paying for it.

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3:42am

Mon April 21, 2014
Your Money

How Do Companies Boost 401(k) Enrollment? Make It Automatic

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:53 am

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More Americans are saving for retirement through their employers' 401(k) programs. That's because in recent years they've been given a strong nudge — more companies are automatically enrolling workers in retirement savings programs.

Some firms are also automatically increasing the amount employees contribute. That's just as important, experts say.

And all this makes a big difference: Without it, millions of Americans don't save at all.

Making Time For Retirement Planning

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3:41am

Mon April 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:43 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.

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3:40am

Mon April 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:43 am

Medical scribe Connie Gayton keeps the electronic records, allowing orthopedic surgeon Devesh Ramnath to focus on his patients.
Brandon Thibodeaux for NPR

Like many other doctors across the country, Dr. Devesh Ramnath, a Dallas orthopedic surgeon, recently made the switch from paper to electronic medical records. This meant he no longer had to just take notes when he was examining a patient — he also had to put those notes into the computer as a permanent record.

"I was really focused on just trying to get the information in, and not really focusing on the patient anymore," Ramnath says.

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3:39am

Mon April 21, 2014
Around the Nation

LA County's New Watchdog May Not Have Much Bite

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:53 am

Prosecutor Max Huntsman delivers his closing arguments in the corruption trial of Angela Spaccia, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., in November. Huntsman's new challenge is to monitor the scandal-ridden LA County Sheriff's Department.
Pool Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is one of the nation's most troubled law enforcement agencies.

Eighteen current and former deputies are facing felony charges as part of a federal probe into allegations of widespread prisoner abuse in county jails. The federal government is also investigating alleged cases of deputies on patrol using excessive force during routine traffic stops, and targeting blacks and Latinos.

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6:25pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Regional Coverage

Joseph Fahey on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

One of Syracuse’s most intriguing mayors is Democrat James McGuire, who in 1896 bucked a Republican establishment to be elected into office, at just 26.  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with his biographer, Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, about the mayor’s times, his legacy, and his controversial activism on behalf of Irish independence. 

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5:42pm

Sun April 20, 2014
National Security

Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 6:43 pm

5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Deceptive Cadence

Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 6:43 pm

Early music specialist Jordi Savall has turned his attention to the widely varied music of the Balkans. "For me," he says, "it's one of the most exciting projects that happened in the last 20 years."
Courtesy of the artist

Jordi Savall has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in smashing together music from different times and different cultures.

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5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 6:43 pm

Science teachers huddle over bacteria colonies at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The museum plans to train 1,000 area educators to be better science teachers in the next five years.
Linda Lutton WBEZ

In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.

But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.

That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.

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5:00pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 10:09 am

Cannon Michael's farm grows tomatoes, melons and onions, among other crops. This year, however, Michael will have to fallow one-fifth of the land due to the drought
Thomas Dreisbach NPR

Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.

Michael's multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work.

"It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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