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Airing on Friday, April 10, 2015: General Electric, once a manufacturing titan, made a hard-headed decision to become a financial company and is now going back to manufacturing. Finance is simply too costly and highly regulated. Does General Electric’s move mark a sea change in the American economy — perhaps the end of the dominance of finance?  Next, apps on a smartwatch are going to have to be entirely re-visualized — small screen, viewed at arm’s length. It’s a new platform for any app. We look at the design challenge for app makers. Plus, Florida is placing limits on the high-stakes standardized tests. The Florida Legislature on Thursday passed a bill that caps the time students spend on state-authorized tests to no more than 45 hours a year. Will other states follow?

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Learning Curve

Florida takes steps to limit standardized testing

by Amy Scott Apr 10, 2015
A new bill would cap the hours students spend taking state and district exams.

Philadelphia 76ers: worst or best NBA strategy?

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 10, 2015
It's one of the NBA's poorest performing teams. Are managers villains or geniuses?

Your dollar goes a long way at the Masters

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 10, 2015
For $100 you can buy pimento cheese sandwiches and soda for 17 people.

Designing watch apps that won't drive you nuts

by David Weinberg Apr 10, 2015
Apps on a smartwatch will provide less information

GE to sell most of its lending business

by Tracey Samuelson Apr 10, 2015
The company is returning to its manufacturing roots.

How film actors' pay gets calculated

by Nova Safo Apr 10, 2015
What actors make for a movie is a complex equation.
Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: General Electric and stock market highs

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 10, 2015
A discussion of highlights from the week's news.

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Chartreuse Capital Cities
Astoria STRFKR
Black Lemon Generationals
Vanilla Minus Gold Panda

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