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By The Numbers

A race to the finish: The Kentucky Derby, by the numbers

by Danielle Chiriguayo May 2, 2019
Get your pastels and mint juleps ready, the hottest horse race of the year is on the horizon.
Justify, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, crosses the finish line to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Instagram gets commercial

by Meghan McCarty Carino May 1, 2019
Users will soon be able to make purchases without leaving the app.
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Rising demand for plant protein feeds growth of the humble pea

by Renata Sago May 1, 2019
The versatile legume can be found in pasta, milk, pet food and the “Beyond Burger.”
Ryan Klassen inspects pea seeds on his farm in Belgrade, Minnesota. Those peas are the base of the protein being used in a range of products, including energy bars, cereals and milks.
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The Big Book

The economics of kidnapping

by Kai Ryssdal, Maria Hollenhorst, and Daisy Palacios Apr 30, 2019
How the criminal underworld operates the ransom business.
Philippine soldiers walk along a highway as they return to camp after an armed encouter with members of militant kidnap-for-ransom group, Abu Sayyaf, in the Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao on August 26, 2016.
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The cinematic legacy of John Singleton

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 30, 2019
The filmmaker has been praised as a “trailblazer in black cinema."
Director John Singleton speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. 
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High water on the Mississippi River means less barge cargo

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 29, 2019
Barge line president talks about dealing with flood conditions and his trip to Capitol Hill.
A barge moves along the flooded Mississippi River in 2011 in Natchez, Mississippi. 
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Marriott plans to take on Airbnb in home-sharing market

by Meghan McCarty Carino Apr 29, 2019
The hotel group is preparing to launch a new division.
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Taylor Swift proves that, on YouTube, it's all about "ME!"

by Marielle Segarra Apr 29, 2019
The artist used a new feature of YouTube's to launch her latest single.
Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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Bringing bacteria to the market

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Apr 29, 2019
A slew of new companies are selling bacteria they say can improve our health.
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The business of being Taylor Swift

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 26, 2019
Let’s do the numbers on the 29-year-old star.
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 
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