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Aug 27

Getting It Fast: The Instant Economy

Sometimes you want what you want when you want it, and you will pay to get it quickly. This desire combined with smart phone and GPS technology has created a booming market of services that enable their users to get what they want, when they want it. The instant gratification these services enable has created an “Instant gratification economy” that changes the way people interact with the world and the way people work. Listen to learn more about these services and their impact.

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Aug 26

International Response to Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been made more difficult by the lack of trained medical volunteers willing to help care for patients. In today’s public radio story we hear from a US medical specialist in infectious disease who bucked this trend and went to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients despite the risks. Listen to learn more about what compelled her to go and what she is doing to protect herself.

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Aug 25

The Giver: A World Without War or Memories

In 1993, the book The Giver made a splash in the world of young literature, 20 years later it has made it to the big screen. Author Lois Lowry discusses her inspirations for a world in which there are no memories or emotions but there are clear rules and regulations. We also hear from the movie’s screenwriter, who himself read the book as a fifth grader. Listen to this public radio story to learn more about what inspired the book and led to the film.

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Aug 22

Chicago Little League Team Makes History

The Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is coming to its end, with the championship games this weekend. One team from Chicago, Jackie Robinson West, is making history as the first all-black team to make it to the Little League World Series in 31 years. In today’s public radio story we will hear from the Chicago community that is supporting them. Listen to learn more about this historic team and the impact their success might have on baseball.

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