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A Strange Shortage Illustrates The Global Economy

If anyone needs more proof that we’re all part of a global economy, picture this: A young woman in Philadelphia is trying to decide on a rug for her new home, a mother in Japan is buying groceries for her kids, and a grain farmer in North Dakota is facing a strange and serious shortage. They might be scattered around the globe, but they are all connected.  Listen here.

Using Mail As An Economic Indicator

There are lots of ways to measure the health of the economy: the inflation rate, GDP and unemployment numbers. There’s another economic index — measured by someone you may have never considered an expert on economic matters — your mailman.  Listen here.

Currency Traders Spy Opportunity In Crazy Times

Tiny changes in the dollar can mean huge gains or losses or currency traders.  Over the last couple of months, currencies have moved so much these guys aren’t getting much rest.  Listen here.

Is it a Real Gun, or is it Airsoft?

It’s a toy that brings joy to the hearts of many teeange boys.   It’s called an airsoft gun.  Part of the fun is that they’re designed to look as real as possible.  So real that police officers, parents and teachers can’t always tell the difference between the toy and the real thing.  Listen here.

Nirvana Baby 18 Years-Old

Imagine if millions of people had seen you naked before you were old enough to say “embarrassing.” That’s the story of Spencer Elden, whom you may know as the little baby floating toward a dollar bill on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album, Nevermind.  Listen here.

An Iraqi Child Turns American

Hamoody Jauda was 2 years old when he was shot in the face by insurgents in Iraq. An American group brought him to the U.S. for medical treatment.

Two years later, Hamoody has forgotten his parents, Arabic and Iraq.  And his American parents want to keep him. Listen here.

Interpreter Prepares to Return to Iraq

Almost 500 men and women who worked as interpreters for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have been moved to the U.S. in the past year. But one woman is returning to Iraq after having trouble adjusting to life in America.  Listen.

Wild for the Weather (and the Channel)

When the Weather Channel launched in 1982, many wondered skeptically if there would be much of an audience for 24 hours of weather reports. In fact, the channel attracts about 85 million viewers a month. Among them is Doug Olson, a sixth-grade teacher on Bainbridge Island, across Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington. Listen here.

Washington State’s Aging Ferries

Millions ride the the Washington state ferry system each year. The largest such system in the nation is aging and running into problems — and trying to stay afloat. Listen here.

Ex-Patients To Return to Mental Hospital as Employees

Western State Mental Hospital, near Tacoma has been trying to reduce its use of seclusion and restraints. It’s part of a shift toward increased patient input and respect. Now, Western is taking that idea a step further. The hospital wants patients who have been discharged to return to Western – this time to work as employees. Listen here.