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In California Drought, Grape Growers Face A Trade-Off

June 30, 2015
A reduction in water means richer wine, but also a bigger price tag on the bottle. (kubina/Fllickr)

The drought could affect production of low-cost bottles, but if can you shell out for the more expensive stuff, you might be in for a treat.

Washington State Battles Wildfires In Parched, Hot Conditions

June 30, 2015
The foundation and chimneys from a destroyed home continue to smolder from a wildfire that raced through the area the night before, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The wildfire season is off to an early and fierce start. Hundreds of firefighters have been called in from around the state.

Negotiators Scramble As Greek Debt Deadline Looms

June 30, 2015
A view of the National Bank of Greece's headquarters on June 3, 2015, in Athens, Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to be presented with the international creditors' plan of tough economic reforms for Greece in order to unlock 7.2 billion Euros of rescue loans later today. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greece could become the first developed country ever to default on a loan to the IMF. We look at what it would mean.

Google Is Manipulating Search Results, Study Finds

June 30, 2015
A woman googles something on an iPad. (cogdog/Flickr)

The study by top legal and economic scholars found the search engine giant knowingly buries its competitors. Google refutes the findings.

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

June 30, 2015
Chorus members Laurie Wolft (left) and George Hastie (right) pose for a photo with choral director Sandi Hammond. (Eileen Bolinsky)

The all-trans chorus was founded to help people learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

Christie Says He’s Running In 2016 To ‘Change The World’

June 30, 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with his wife, Mary Pat Christie, second from left, and their children, from left, Patrick, Sarah, Bridget and Andrew while speaking to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his campaign for president in the gymnasium of his old high school.

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

June 30, 2015
Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).

A multimillion dollar experiment is underway in Los Angeles: using health care dollars to house people who are chronically homeless.

Social Justice Activist: Slavery Never Ended, It Just Evolved

June 30, 2015
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. (

Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative recently launched an effort to mark where lynchings took place in the U.S.

Some States Still Don’t Have Budgets

June 30, 2015
In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) protest in Chicago. More than 40,000 state workers’ contracts are set to expire at the end of the month, but no agreement is in sight between the various labor unions representing them. (Christian K. Lee/AP)

In Illinois, that means some state workers could go without pay and some state services could be disrupted.

Puerto Rico Says It Can’t Pay Its Debt

June 30, 2015
Flags fly in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (orbit62/Flickr)

The governor wants creditors to postpone bond payments and restructure the U.S. territory’s $72 billion in public debt.

Music From The Show

June 29, 2015

From Forest Swords to The Cinematic Orchestra.

Smart Meters: An Experiment In Power Grid Innovation

June 29, 2015
John Phelan with Fort Collins Utilities inspects the smart meter at his home. (Dan Boyce)

In Fort Collins, Colorado, customers can now see their energy use in 15-minute increments, instead of just once per month.

How Historic Was Last Week? A Historian Puts It In Context.

June 29, 2015
President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" as he delivers the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service June 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Obama won huge victories in the Supreme Court, and South Carolina officials called for the removal of the Confederate flag.

High Stakes Financial News: From Greece To China

June 29, 2015
A Chinese stock investor monitors share prices at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province on June 19, 2015. Shanghai shares plunged 6.42 percent on June 19, ending a torrid week as the benchmark index was hit by tight liquidity and profit-taking after a powerful surge over the past year. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

There are a number of dramatic economic stories in the news today. We look at what’s happening in Greece, China and Puerto Rico.

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

June 29, 2015
The aircraft, identified as "HA-LIG," is parked on the tarmac of the Manching NATO Airbasw in Ingolstadt, W. Germany on Friday 13, July 1956. (

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

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