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3:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Are We Headed For 'The End Of The Suburbs'?

More Millennials are moving from the suburbs into cities, like Brooklyn, New York. (karlnorling/Flickr)

For many people, cities are becoming the place to live, while sprawling suburbs are losing their appeal.

In her new book, “The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving,” Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor of Fortune, says millennials — the next generation of home buyers — are abandoning their suburban roots and choosing to raise their own families in the city.

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3:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Make-A-Wish Foundation To Transform San Francisco Into Gotham City For A Day

Miles, 5, who has leukemia, wishes to be a superhero. The Make-a-Wish Foundation is enlisting San Franciscans to make his wish come true. (Make-a-Wish)

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:02 pm

The mayor of San Francisco, the police chief and a cast of thousands of volunteers are transforming their city into Gotham City for a day to help fulfill a little boy’s wish.

Five-year-old Miles is fighting leukemia, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Greater Bay Area will grant his wish to be “Batkid” on Nov. 15.

Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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3:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increases, But Congress Won't Take it Up

Supporters of Proposition 1 which raises the minimum wage to $15 in SeaTac, Washington, celebrate their victory. (Craig Newcomb/Twitter)

Last night, New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage by a dollar to $8.25 an hour.

And in SeaTac, Washington, a proposition that would make the minimum wage in some in airport-related industries $15 an hour was leading with over 50 percent of the vote.

But if raising the minimum wage is so popular with voters, why won’t Congress take up the issue?

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain.

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3:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

DJ Sessions: Afrobeat After Fela Kuti

Members of the Afrobeat band, Soul Jazz Orchestra. (Soul Jazz Orchestra)

The genre of Afrobeat was started by Fela Kuti, the legendary Nigerian singer and political activist who died of AIDS in 1997.

There’s been a push to teach people more about him, with museum exhibits, books and the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, “Fela!”

But how has Afrobeat developed since Fela Kuti, and what does it sound like today?

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3:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tensions Continue To Rise Between US And Pakistan

Pakistan’s parliament will discuss the country’s ties to the U.S., after an American drone strike killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud last week.

Pakistanis reacted angrily, saying the strike violated its sovereignty.

“The two sides will continue to need each other and to continue to distrust each other,” Owen Bennett Jones, a BBC contributor based in Pakistan, told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

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3:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Twitter Looks To Its News Role In Upcoming IPO

Screenshot of Twitter feed.

Expectations are high this week as Twitter gets ready to go public.

The company raised its initial public offering price yesterday to $25 a share, up from $23. That would put the company’s value at around$13.6 billion — almost 12 times the value of its projected 2014 sales.

Twitter has 230 million users and not all of them are following Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. A new Pew study shows 8 percent of Americans use Twitter to get news.

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3:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

YouTube Launches Its First-Ever Music Awards

What if someone held an awards show with no red carpet, no fanfare, short speeches and it finished in under the projected running time?

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3:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Organization Seeks To Preserve Slave Dwellings

Joe McGill, of the Slave Dwelling Project, at Stagville Plantation in North Carolina. (Stagville Plantation/Facebook)

There are still plenty of physical reminders of slavery today. Among them: hundreds of former slave cabins across the country.

A group called the Slave Dwelling Project sets out to identify these mostly small, dilapidated structures and bring attention to their preservation by inviting people to sleep in them.

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3:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Adding Up The Cost Of Low Literacy Among Adults

Students participate in a health literacy class at Mary's Center, role-playing a visit to the doctor. (Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU)

For the past few days, NPR has been taking a look at the challenges facing the 30 million American adults who lack basic literacy skills.

In the final part of our series on adult education, Kavitha Cardoza of member station WAMU examines the economic and social impacts — not just on individuals, but on society as a whole.

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3:08 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Song Of The Week: Luscious Jackson's 'Are You Ready'

Kate Schellenbach (drums), Gabby Glaser (vocals, guitar) and Jill Cunniff (vocals, bass) are Luscious Jackson.(Doug Seymour)

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:11 pm

As he does every Monday, NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson freshens our playlists and recommends a new song for us.

This week he has “Are You Ready” by Luscious Jackson, a band that is just coming back from a 14-year hiatus.

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