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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest Level In More Than Four Years

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 2:30 pm

There were 339,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, a decrease from last week's revised figure of 369,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Reuters reports it's the lowest number in more than four years. Reuters adds:

"The prior week's figure was revised up to show 2,000 more applications than previously reported.

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Planet Money
8:15 am
Thu October 11, 2012

College Costs More In America, But The Payoff Is Bigger

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:38 am

Students pay much more for a college education in the U.S. than they do in most other countries. But they also get a bigger return on their investment.

Here's a graphical breakdown comparing the cost and the payoff for a college education.

A few notes:

The data come from a recently published OECD report looking at educational data around the world. The cost of education includes tuition fees and living costs paid by the student, as well as earnings that students forgo by not working while they're in school.

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The Salt
7:51 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Why Foods Go Together Like 'Rama Lama Lama, Ke Ding A De Dinga Dong'

Taking a bite out of a salty pretzel can actually enhance the bitterness of your beer. That's one reason pretzels and beer work as a pair.
James Puccio iStockPhoto

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 9:49 am

OK, Grease lyrics aside, when it comes to gastronomy, certain foods just belong together: red wine and red meat, sushi and ginger, tea and biscuits, beer and pretzels. But, ever wonder why your favorite cabernet goes so well with a nice filet mignon? What makes two flavors jibe?

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The Two-Way
7:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

It's Vice Night: Biden, Ryan Are Set For Only Vice Presidential Debate

Crews put finishing touches on the stage for the vice presidential debate at the Norton Center at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 8:37 am

Tonight, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan are set for a one-on-one, 90-minute debate in Danville, Ky. It's the one and only VP candidate debate of the campaign and after what has been conclusively deemed a bad performance by President Obama during the first presidential debate, all eyes are on Biden.

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The Record
7:03 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Taking Stock Of The MP3 At Mid-Life

The Hardware: The Rio, a portable MP3 player introduced by Diamond Multimedia in 1998, had 32MB of internal memory, just about enough to hold one 35-minute album of MP3s encoded at 128 kBps.
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Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:31 am

Last week, Joel Rose wrote about the compact disc on its 30th anniversary, but it could have been an obituary. In the last decade, CD sales in the United States have dropped by more than two thirds, fulfilling a cycle that dates back to wax cylinders and 78 rpm discs: the 20 to 30 year lifespan of a format, followed by the rise of a new technology. So we decided to look at the format that usurped the CD's place in music listener's ears and hard drives, if not always hearts.

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