Almost two decades ago, water lapped at the barren shores of Tempe Town Lake for the first time. Now, shimmering glass high-rises tower over the lake. Many were built with the help from a controversial Arizona economic development incentive called the GPLET. One lakeside project has landed Tempe in the middle of a $5.6 million legal problem.
July 24, 2017

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"The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class" book
For most observers over the decades, the so-called “elite” were people who were extremely wealthy and had access to essentially anything they wanted. But a new book, "The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class," argues that the elite are defined less by how much money they have and more on what is labeled "cultural capital."
July 24, 2017
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The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that they’ll essentially double the cap on this year’s quota for these H-2B non-agricultural visas with an increase of 15,000 a year. But many think that increase is too little, too late. So what is the Department of Homeland Security’s motivation here?
July 24, 2017
BBC Look Ahead
Protests, presidential visits and a major HIV conference are among the top stories on the international stage coming up this week. With me for our weekly look-ahead is the BBC’s Rich Preston.
July 24, 2017
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There are services for razors, makeup samples, Japanese import snacks and socks, all delivered to doorsteps across the country. But which will last?
July 24, 2017
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Our current political cycle isn’t one that many would label in extremely positive terms. But 200 years ago with President James Monroe at the helm of the ship of state, the U.S. entered a period known as the Era of Good Feeling. Erick Trickey, contributor to Smithsonian.com, wrote about the era.
July 24, 2017

NPR News

It wouldn't be surprising. The cheerful, vintage pieces are durable and able to help with almost any culinary task. And passionate collectors have devoted blogs, fan groups and social media to it.
July 25, 2017
The Arizona senator, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, will be in the Senate Tuesday for what's expected to be a close health-care vote. But it's unclear what exactly senators will be voting on.
July 25, 2017
Entrepreneur Mary Anderson thought it made no sense that New York streetcar drivers had to keep jumping off to clean snow from the windshield. She soon won a patent for her "window cleaning device."
July 25, 2017
Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.
July 25, 2017
The president's son and former campaign chairman are still legally required to tell the truth.
July 25, 2017