Older people often have difficulty understanding conversation in a crowd. Like everything else, our hearing deteriorates as we age.
There are physiological reasons for this decline: We lose tiny hair cells that pave the way for sound to reach our brains. We lose needed neurons and chemicals in the inner ear, reducing our capacity to hear.
So how can you help stave off that age-related hearing loss? Try embracing music early in life, research suggests.
Shoppers may not have to worry about bulging wallets stuffed with old, crumpled receipts much longer. Retailers have found a solution — e-receipts — though it may come at a price.
Apple has been doing this for years now; Nordstrom and Patagonia have also made the switch. And this summer, Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy and Banana Republic, launched e-receipts at more than 2,600 stores.
Shelley Perelmuter, Gap's vice president of customer relations management, says e-receipts are convenient.
In today's post 9/11 America, there are 15,000 informants working with the FBI. That's nearly three times as many as there were 25 years ago. Over the years, when there has been a surge in the number of informants the FBI recruits and uses, there's a specific target in the FBI's sights like organized crime or drug trade. The FBI makes no secret of their top priority of today — counter terrorism.
In today's post-9/11 world, the FBI has 15,000 informants working undercover, many of them infiltrating mosques and Muslim communities to set up terrorism stings. The goal? To preempt and prevent — so says the FBI. Guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with Mother Jones writer Trevor Aaronson about his year-long investigation into the FBI's use of informants.
While housing demand sputters among Americans, foreign buyers are flocking here for cheap deals.
For the 12 months ending in March, sales to foreign buyers totaled $82 billion, up from $66 billion in 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. And while international buyers are unlikely to turn the US housing market around, they are making a big difference in states such as Florida.
Today, thanks to foreign buyers, home sales are so good in Miami that more houses and condos could sell this year than during the boom year of 2005.
Rebels continue to push toward the Libyan capital of Tripoli amid rumors Col. Moammar Ghadafi may be preparing to flee the country. Heavy fighting has been reported in Tripoli, and rebel fighters have taken control of towns to the east, west, and south of the city. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks to guest host Laura Sullivan from the war zone.
Thirty years ago this summer, President Ronald Reagan was at an economic summit in Canada when his French counterpart, Francois Mitterand, pulled him aside to deliver startling news: the French had a mole, a high-level KGB colonel. Could the US make use of him?
Richard Allen was Reagan's National Security Advisor at the time, and he was with the President in Ottawa when Mitterand made his offer.
Continuing our series of faculty readings from this summer's Antioch Writers' Workshop, we hear from Rakesh Satyal. Satyal is the author of Blue Boy and has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He's also an editor at HarperCollins.
In this selection Satyal reads from a new novel in progress called They Couldn't Pronounce Our Names.
The August 2011 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Dr. Rusty Bladwin, from the Air Force Institute of Technology on Cyber Security.
The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.
European leaders still haven't come up with a plan that would allow them to put the debt crisis behind them. That kept European markets unsettled this past week, but why was the effect so big in the U.S.? Guest host John Ydstie and NPR Business Correspondent Yuki Noguchi discuss why the fallout has such a big impact on American markets.