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3:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad

A team-building exercise involving marshmallows and knives is led by Create-Learning. This is relatively tame compared with some co-worker bonding activities.
Clark Dever Courtesy of Create-Learning

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

Who can forget that game of Twister played in a skirt? Or the failed "trust fall" where the boss ends up on the ground?

Office team-building exercises often create lasting memories — just not necessarily ones you want to remember.

Several years ago Ben Johnson worked at a health foods store in Iowa. He remembers store management stringing up a donkey piñata to pump up the workers.

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The Salt
4:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Bottles of mahia in the Nahmias et Fils distillery.
Alex Schmidt for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

Before the crowds descend on the Whisky Jewbilee, a kosher alcohol tasting event in Manhattan, David and Dorit Nahmias stand behind their vendor table, getting psyched up.

"This is like the big game," Dorit Nahmias says.

Events like these are a key tool for getting the word out about their tiny distillery, and the Nahmiases attend half a dozen of them per year. The product they're trying to sell is one few people have heard of: mahia. Dorit rehearses her pitch:

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All Tech Considered
4:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

A 3-D map of London by Nokia's mapping division, called Here.
Here

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:47 am

When it comes to creating a digital map of the world, you may think of Google workers driving around in high-tech cars mounted with cameras — snapping photos of everything.

But Robert Scott walks the streets of London jotting down address numbers with nothing more than a pen and a piece of paper.

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Code Switch
2:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Asian-American Leadership Programs Tackle The 'Bamboo Ceiling'

Former Cisco Vice President Buck Gee speaks at the Advance Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives at Stanford University in 2011.
Dai Sugano/San Jose Mercury News MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:28 am

In the last few pages of a recent issue of The Economist, we spotted an advertisement for a leadership program specifically for Asian-American executives. The program charges $11,000 in tuition for a five-day session at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The purpose, says co-founder Buck Gee, is to provide companies with an "immediate solution" to tackle the lack of Asian-Americans in leadership roles.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Book News: Does Anyone Actually Finish Thomas Piketty's 'Capital'?

French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, in Paris.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:18 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NPR Story
6:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

'A Hard Day's Night' Premiered In London 50 Years Ago

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 4:06 am

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And here's our last word in Business today.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT")

THE BEATLES: (Singing) It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log.

INSKEEP: You hear the screaming in the background. "A Hard Day's Night" premiered at London's Pavilion Theater on July 6, 1964.

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NPR Story
6:46 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Wash. Retailers To Sell Recreational Marijuana On Tuesday

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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Economy
5:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Land Bank In Newburgh, N.Y., Tasked With Fixing Up Decay

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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And for decades many faded cities have been struggling to redevelop vacant homes, factories and other neglected buildings. Land banks offer one solution; those are public institutions that help fund the renewal of dormant properties. WNYC's Ilya Marritz takes us to Newburgh, New York, a small city on the Hudson River, to see one land bank in action.

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:14 pm

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When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.

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Strange News
5:16 am
Sun July 6, 2014

It's A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding

Jennifer Miller and Michael Bennett were married at the Smithsonian Natural History museum in Washington, D.C., using PopWed Co.
Maggie Winters PopWed Co.

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

You've heard of pop-up restaurants, flash mobs and other hipster happenings. Now comes a pair of entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., offering pop-up weddings for those who want to elope, but do it with flair.

Locations are never booked ahead of time, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you and your partner don't get asked to leave before you are pronounced husband and wife, or wife and wife.

PopWed Co., which started last January, procures the wedding license, chooses a creative location, takes the photographs and performs the ceremony.

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