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Wed September 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Idaho Has The Slowest Internet, In Part Because Of A Furry Reason

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 4:00 pm

Back in July, Pando Networks, a business focused peer-to-peer network, released the findings of a nationwide study on Internet speeds. It found Idaho has the slowest networks, while Rhode Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts are at the top of the pack.

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Wed September 14, 2011
Music Interviews

For St. Vincent, Music Is The Easy Part

Annie Clark's songs, though anchored by her sweet vocals, often have an unsettling edge. Her latest album as St. Vincent is Strange Mercy.
Tina Tyrell Courtesy of the artist

If you've ever wanted to unlock your emotions without really talking about them, Annie Clark understands. The 28-year-old musician performs under the name St. Vincent and has become known for layering her sweet voice over sometimes harsh, creepy electronic and guitar sounds.

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Wed September 14, 2011
Planet Money

The Economic Catastrophe That Germany Can't Forget

A one hundred thousand Mark banknote was an example of hyperinflation in the German Weimar Republic in February 1923.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

For troubled European countries, the European Central Bank could be like a giant ATM.

After all, the ECB has the unique ability to print unlimited amounts of euros. It could lend that money to the governments in need.

The problem with this idea? Europe's biggest economy hates it.

Cue inflation-fearing, deep-pocketed Germany. The thought of hitting up a central bank's ATM would send many Germans fleeing in panic.

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Wed September 14, 2011

Tweeting To Electoral Victory In China? Maybe Not

Labor activist Liu Ping (center) has unleashed a wave of candidates in the latest round of local elections. Here, she and two other campaigners hold a banner that declares, "Fighting fake [things] should start with elections. One person, one vote will change China."
Courtesy of Liu Ping

Liu Ping's phone is tapped. She's followed by men in black cars. Her electricity was cut off. And she was detained and held incommunicado in a hotel for four days.

Her crime? Trying to run for election to the local People's Congress in her hometown of Xinyu in China's southeastern Jiangxi province.

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Wed September 14, 2011

Post-Irene Cleanup May Damage Environment

Water mixed with gasoline accumulated in the Zerega's pizzeria parking lot last month in Windham, N.Y. More than a dozen towns in Vermont and at least three in New York were cut off, with roads and bridges washed out by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Mary Altaffer AP

Scientists are beginning to get a picture of the environmental impact of Tropical Storm Irene, which ripped through some of the East Coast's most pristine rivers, triggering hundreds of oil, chemical and sewage spills.

Now, some environmental groups worry that the cleanup could cause even more harm.

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