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Time Bandits

May 18, 2018

Time theft happens when companies get employees to work hours for which they are not paid. A new study from the University of Oregon says it's happening more and more and workers are losing billions of dollars in wages every year.

This often happens through mandated breaks that workers can't actually take or through timekeeping software that rounds to the nearest quarter hour.

Music: "Shifty Looking Characters"

Federal prosecutors have gone where the Federal Election Commission can't find its way, charging two Arizona brothers with using bogus political action committees to scam gullible small-dollar donors.

A criminal complaint alleges that William and Robert Tierney raised more than $23 million between 2014 and 2017. It says William Tierney's share was more than $3 million; Robert Tierney's was more than $600,000; the candidates they claimed to be supporting got about $109,000.

Twenty three years ago, the United States and just about every country in the world decided that they were going to create a common set of rules about trade. Rule one: If anyone broke these rules, everyone would immediately report to a lake in Switzerland—home of the World Trade Organization.

Today on the show, we ask the big questions: Should the WTO be able to veto a decision made by the elected representatives of the American people? Does it have enough power to stop a trade war? And the biggest question of all... Is mint even a flavor?

All 31 active bishops in Chile offered to resign Friday, following a meeting that Pope Francis called to examine the Chilean clergy's failure to protect children from pedophiles.

The bishops started the conference by thanking the pope for his "brotherly correction" and the victims of sexual abuse for their bravery and perseverance in coming forward. Their statement was read aloud to the press in Spanish and Italian.

So, what's going on with trade again?

May 18, 2018

We're talking NAFTA. We're also talking tariffs. And China. And trade deficits. Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine and Dion Rabouin from Yahoo Finance join us for the Weekly Wrap to talk about the unforeseen consequences of U.S. trade policy and the latest on the 10-year Treasury note. Also on today's show, we get into the Trump administration's attempt to get China to buy more goods from the United States. Trump wants to lower the trade deficit with Beijing, but is buying more American goods going to solve the problem? We also take a look at apology ads.

The Ebola virus has spread to a major city in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As health workers on the ground try to contain the risk, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson looks at lessons learned from the 2014-2016 outbreak with Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFrieden), president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oak Ridge Boys Go Retro On New Album

May 18, 2018

The Oak Ridge Boys have been making country music with a bit of pop and rock flavor for decades. But their new album, “17th Avenue Revival,” features gospel with a bit of ’50s flair.

Updated Friday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Violinist and mandolinist Boyd Tinsley is best known for his quarter-century of work as part of the Dave Matthews Band. But a trumpeter who used to play in Tinsley's side band, Crystal Garden, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Tinsley sexually harassed him repeatedly during his time in the group.

What's the worse-case Ebola outbreak?

Public health officials would say it's when the virus is spreading in a crowded urban environment that's a major transportation hub and has dilapidated, ill-equipped health care facilities.

Unfortunately, that's what's happening right now in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET

A plane carrying more than 100 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana's José Martí International Airport. The plane, a Boeing 737, had been destined for the city of Holguín when it smashed into the wooded edge of a field midday Friday.

Neil Cavuto's voice comes through loud and clear on President Trump, and it's not admiring.

Neil Cavuto's voice strikes a tone of bemused reason on Fox News.

Neil Cavuto's voice will fail him someday.

These are three competing and coinciding realities defining the career of the Fox News host at age 59.

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House lawmakers on Friday rejected an $867 billion farm bill that would have tightened work requirements on food stamp recipients and overhauled federal agricultural policy. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus derailed the vote by holding out for an agreement on immigration.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi), co-host of “Velshi & Ruhle,” about the vote.

A Royal Wedding With Global Appeal

May 18, 2018

Autumn Brewington (@Autumnsan1), a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., was an editor at The Washington Post from 2001 to 2014 and anchored its royal wedding blog in 2011.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from Santa Fe, Texas, where police say multiple people are dead following a shooting at a high school, from Michael Smith, editor-in-chief of The Galveston County Daily News.

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Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama claimed on Wednesday during a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that rocks falling into the ocean are causing sea level rise. A climate change researcher debunked that claim — and Twitter erupted.

Also, net neutrality snagged a win this week in the Senate, but advocates say the fight over internet access is not over.

There was outrage across the country after police arrested two black men while they waiting for a meeting to begin at a Starbucks in Philadelphia.

The first thing you notice about George Ezra, besides his incredible voice, is his demeanor. He's warm, friendly and engaging to talk to. There's a similar charm in his songwriting. Ezra pulls you in as a storyteller. You want to root for him. His 2014 debut LP includes the breakout smashes "Budapest" and "Blame It on Me," which showcase his voice and charm in spades.

Episode #1821

May 18, 2018

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How I Made It: Monsieur Periné

May 18, 2018

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This month the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a number of tests for a new slate of uses for drones. One notable company shut out of those tests? Amazon.

DIY, Courtesy Of Online Video

May 18, 2018

Maker videos are all over the internet — from simple do-it-yourself chores like fixing a dripping faucet, all the way up to building a house. And some of these video makers — like Bus Huxley, Jimmy Diresta and Home Repair Tutor — have become stars.

Jon Kalish (@kalishjon) reports.

The contradictions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are always on display, but rarely as starkly as this week, when the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem and the militant group Hamas and others planned a protest at the same time that turned deadly.

Recommended reading for recent college grads

May 18, 2018

(Markets Edition) The Trump administration plans to propose a new rule that would bar abortions at facilities that receive federal family planning funds. On today's show, we'll look at what this could mean for organizations like Planned Parenthood. Afterwards, amid news that the U.S. benchmark interest rate eased back a bit this morning, we'll discuss whether this is cause for alarm. And then to cap off today's show, we'll talk about the best personal finance books for recent college graduates. (05/18/2018)

The title of Maxim Loskutoff's debut book is an invitation. Or is it a command?

In the short story collection Come West and See, he writes about a region that is wild and aggressive, standing in stark opposition to the society that exists in, say, Washington, D.C., or New York City.

Loskutoff grew up in the American West, in Missoula, Mont., but back then, that fierce, rugged individualism didn't quite appeal to him.

NPR, like other news organizations, is in a fight for the attention of audiences. That means getting aggressive about putting NPR journalism where readers (and listeners) are. Increasingly, that's on their phones. As a result, NPR has ramped up its "push" notifications, the alerts that pop up on mobile phone home screens when news breaks. (NPR also sends out email alerts, which often duplicate the push notifications.)

White House chief of staff John Kelly struck a nerve when he told NPR that many undocumented immigrants who come to the U.S. don't assimilate well because they are rural, lack education and don't speak English.

Within hours of the interview last week, the Internet and cable news lit up. Conservatives who applaud President Trump's immigration clampdown gave Kelly kudos; immigrant advocates branded it a racist rant.

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