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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Last week marked another low-point in the Syrian civil war. A unidentified gunman assassinated a Dutch priest in the city of Homs. Father Frans van der Lugt had lived in Syria for nearly five decades.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Social responsibility of business

Jan 8, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, William Knoedelseder looks at the family behind Budweiser, Charles Duhigg delves into the science of habit, Fred Kaplan explores an Army revolution, and Whole Foods' founder argues for businesses pursuing a higher purpose. In fiction, George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories.
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Jan 16, 2013 — The outspoken Whole Foods founder tells us why he hates "Obamacare" and why we have trouble cutting the sugar, fat and salt out of our diets. But now he's told CBS he used a poor choice of words when referring to the health law as fascism.
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Dec 1, 2011 — Richard Branson has built a global business empire around the philosophy "have fun and the money will come." The founder of Virgin Group now argues that it's time to rethink the way businesses function. In his new book, Screw Business As Usual, he says there's a way to make money and also do good.
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Oct 18, 2011 — The Occupy Wall Street movement has been criticized for lacking focus — but its main slogan seems to be resonating. That slogan, "We are the 99 percent," highlights the issue of income disparity. It's something economist Jeffrey Sachs has been tracking for a long time.
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Sep 6, 2011 — Marsha Coleman-Adebayo served as a high-ranking black woman at the Environmental Protection Agency. She faced racism and sexism, then dealt with retaliation when calling out the EPA's failure to fulfill commitments made overseas. She speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about her new book No Fear. This conversation contains sensitive content that may not be suitable for younger audiences.
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Mar 12, 2009 — Organic farmer Dante Hesse needs to raise about $700,000 to upgrade his dairy. When Hesse couldn't get a loan through usual channels, he turned to his customers for help. Though he's got no collateral or co-signers, some say they're ready to invest.
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Jan 13, 2008 — In Creating a World Without Poverty Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus describes how entrepreneurs with an altruistic vision can use traditional businesses to tackle the world's most pressing problems.
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Oct 20, 2005 — Patagonia remains a pioneer in outdoor clothing design and alternative corporate culture after decades in business. Company founder Yvon Chouinard discusses his business philosophy in his new book, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman. In the second part of our profile, Alex Chadwick further explores Chouinard's eccentric approach to running a company.
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Oct 19, 2005 — The Patagonia company is a pioneer in outdoor clothing design and "alternative" corporate culture — the legacy of founder Yvon Chouinard. In the first of a two-part profile of the pioneering businessman, Chouinard discusses his offbeat business philosophy. It's all detailed in Chouinard's new book, Let My People Go Surfing.
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