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Mar 11, 2013

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The U.S. Army is freezing all new applications for its tuition assistance program because of the sequester. As David Gura reports, the elimination of the much relied-upon program is among the first tangible repercussions of the automatic budget cuts. And as the budget battle to cut entitlements heats up, some argue that raising the retirement age will force the poor to subsidize the rich because the rich live longer. Finally, now that the betting site Intrade has been suspended, academics are worried because many used the site for social science research.

Segments From this episode

Power nap: Sleeping on the job

Mar 11, 2013
USA Today points out a 20-minute nap can give a big boost to productivity.

Military tuition cuts: A tangible sequester impact

Mar 11, 2013
The U.S. Army is freezing all new applications for its tuition assistance program because of the sequester. As David Gura reports, the elimination of the much relied-upon program is among the first tangible repercussions of the automatic budget cuts.

SXSW 2013 lineup includes millions in venture capital

Mar 11, 2013
SXSW isn't just about music and tech. It's about money. Millions in venture-capital funds are sloshing around the conference in Austin, looking for start-ups to call home.

Intrade shutdown hurts academics (and gamblers)

Mar 11, 2013
The Dublin-based online trading platform Intrade ceased all trading activity Sunday, citing “circumstances” that may include financial irregularities. Meanwhile, many academics and journalists who used the site to gauge public sentiment lose a source of data.

The rich get all the perks, including old age

Mar 11, 2013
As the budget battle to cut entitlements heats up, some argue that raising the retirement age will force the poor to subsidize the rich because the rich live longer.

Two years after Fukushima disaster, doubts of food safety linger in Japan

Mar 11, 2013
Japanese officials say food produced in the region around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is safe. But if you want your rice tested in front of you -- there's a service for that.

Video games as art

Mar 11, 2013
The $70 billion video game industry is now making inroads in the art world. The Museum of Modern Art is the latest mainstream museum to feature digital games, citing graphics, original computer code and the interaction between human and machine as evidence of their modern design qualities.

Sweet victory! NYC's sugary drink ban halted

Mar 11, 2013
A bowling lounge in New York City had embraced Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large, sugary drinks. The ban was set to go into effect until a state judge intervened.

The U.S. Army is freezing all new applications for its tuition assistance program because of the sequester. As David Gura reports, the elimination of the much relied-upon program is among the first tangible repercussions of the automatic budget cuts. And as the budget battle to cut entitlements heats up, some argue that raising the retirement age will force the poor to subsidize the rich because the rich live longer. Finally, now that the betting site Intrade has been suspended, academics are worried because many used the site for social science research.

Music from the episode

No Worries Suzanne Kraft
Inhaler Foals