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Wed June 15, 2011
All Tech Considered

Quick-Blog Site Tumblr Takes Off In An Uncertain Marketplace

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Lauren Kasman is no stranger to blogging. Over the last eight years, she's been typing away in her room and jotting down her thoughts for friends to read. When she moved to Washington, D.C., for college, she wanted to connect with others outside of her social circle.

"I felt like no one was listening. And with a blog the whole point is to have someone on the other end," she says. "Otherwise, you know, it's like placing a phone call to no one."

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Wed June 15, 2011
China: Beyond Borders

In Nigeria, Chinatown Vendors Struggle For Profits

The Chinatown in Lagos, Nigeria, was built in 2004. It's home to more than 100 shops that sell everything from ceramic coffee cups to Hannah Montana backpacks.
Frank Langfitt NPR

This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more. In this installment, a tale of two Chinatowns in very different circumstances — one in Nigeria and the other in the Italian town of Prato.

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Wed June 15, 2011
Education

In Teaching, Pink Slips Are A Way Of Life

Teacher Rohya Prudhomme has gotten a pink slip from the Los Angeles school district. Despite good reviews, Prudhomme is one of many teachers who regularly receives layoff notices, making it hard to plan for the future.
Larry Abramson NPR

For many teachers, job uncertainty is one of the biggest downsides of their profession.

Recent estimates from the American Association of School Administrators show that about a quarter-million educators could face layoffs in the coming year as states cut education spending in an effort to balance their budgets. That has left many teachers wondering where their next paycheck will come from.

Two of those teachers facing uncertainty are in Los Angeles, where as many as 1,600 teachers and staff may lose their jobs this summer.

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Wed June 15, 2011
China: Beyond Borders

'Fast Fashion': Italians Wary Of Chinese On Their Turf

A Chinese employee works in a textile firm in the Macrolotto area in Prato, the biggest textile district in Europe, in 2005. The town has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe — many of whom are not legal.
Marco Bulgarelli Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more. In this installment, a tale of two Chinatowns in very different circumstances — one in Italy and another in Lagos, Nigeria.

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12:01am

Wed June 15, 2011
Science

In Asia, The Perils of Aborting Girls And Keeping Boys

A man carries his son at a Beijing park. China's one-child policy has been blamed for the current gender-imbalance in China, where sex-specific abortions remain common.
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In her trip through China's Suining County in Jiangsu province, journalist Mara Hvistendahl saw plenty of familiar signs of economic growth. But she also saw something at an elementary school that startled her: There were far more boys in the classrooms than girls.

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