Monthly Archives: July 2016 (page 6)

Managing Your News Intake In The Age Of Endless Phone Notifications

Lately, it has felt like the terrible news just won’t stop. As soon as you’ve wrapped your head around one story, you’re pummeled by another — and then another.Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor at the University of California Irvine, researched stress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. People felt “ruminations, nightmares, feelings of anxiety, repetition of images that one might have seen,” she says. “With increasing exposure to television after the [attacks], we saw ongoing physical and psychological symptoms over the next 2 to 3 years.”More recently, the rise of social media and frequent news notifications on our smartphones have raised the anxiety level even more.Speaking with NPR’s Audie Cornish, Claire Wardle, the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, offers advice for dealing with the barrage of news updates flowing to our screens.Interview HighlightsOn whether this summer is exceptional, or whether it’s just that our access to the news

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‘Art Of The Deal’ Ghostwriter On Why Trump Should Not Be President

In 1987, the book The Art of the Deal elevated Donald Trump from playboy developer to best-selling author.From the opening paragraph of Trump’s self-portrait as a shrewd and creative dealmaker:”I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”Trump’s name is on the cover of that book. But there’s another one, too — beneath the portrait and the big golden letters spelling out TRUMP — the name of Tony Schwartz, the book’s ghostwriter.Schwartz did not weigh in on the presidential campaign until this week in a lengthy interview with The New Yorker.Schwartz tells All Things Considered’s Robert Siegel that he is speaking out now because he is extremely concerned about what Trump would be like as a president.He says the portrait that he painted of Trump in The Art of the Deal is not

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Fear Grips Turkey Amid Government Crackdown After Failed Coup

Turks survived a chaotic and bloody attempted military takeover on Friday that left more than 260 dead. Since then, the government has suspended thousands of public and private sector employees — everyone from teachers to police officers. Meanwhile, the parliament has ratified a state of emergency that will last up to three months. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it’s necessary to protect democracy. But many Turks are afraid of what’s to come.Outside the Justice Palace, Istanbul’s largest courthouse, a few dozen people cluster in a plaza near a Starbucks and wait for word on relatives being held in the courthouse. “These are the families of the traitors,” a passerby whispers to his friend.Of the more than 10,000 people who have been detained since the coup, most are soldiers accused of being involved in the coup attempt. Many are young conscripts, and their worried families here say they were just following commanders’ orders and were tricked.One man who gives his first name, Saim,

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Trump’s trade policies are worrying economists

“Our country is getting ripped off.” That’s the sub-headline on Donald Trump’s campaign web site for his position on trade. A vote for Trump is a vote for standing up to trade manipulators. For many of us, it’s hard to make sense of short videos and sound bites about complex topics like international trade. But, to keep things relatively straightforward, Trump’s major policy positions are primarily focused on two countries: China and Mexico. Let’s start with Mexico. Since 1994, the US, Mexico and Canada have been parties to NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which allows goods to flow freely between the three nations. Obviously, the trade deal has been controversial. Many say NAFTA laid the foundation for strong economic growth in the three countries. Others blame NAFTA for manufacturing job losses in the US. It’s complex, a story for another day. For Trump, it’s straightforward. The Republican presidential candidate is unequivocal on his position: He would renegotiate

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Invisibilia: How A Shirt Collar Helped A Man Survive Auschwitz

When you got up this morning, did you dress for the weather? Your wife? Throw on your lucky socks?NPR’s show and podcast Invisibilia has been taking a long look at what we wear — from sunglasses to artist’s frocks and hoodies — and asking how much our clothes affect us, sometimes in ways we’re not aware of, or might not even like.There’s the tale of tailor Martin Greenfield, who has dressed the last three presidents as well as NBA players and Hollywood stars. But his first realization of how clothes convey power came from a much darker place — the Auschwitz concentration camp. There, Greenfield started wearing a castoff Nazi shirt under his prison uniform. And that white collar somehow preserved his dignity. “I was different,” Greenfield says. “I was different all the way through.”We’ll also ask whether a man who started wearing sunglasses all the time to fend off high school bullies wound up unintentionally creating a wall between him and his loved ones by still wearing sunglasses

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