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7:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul'

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 11:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Seoul, South Korea's making some changes to its urban landscape. The mayor's office says the women-friendly Seoul campaign will make the city more comfortable for women. They say a lot of urban design focused on men when they were the sole workers in a family and that's changed. So, they're installing pink painted parking spots reserved for women that are a bit wider and longer than the average spot and closer to elevators.

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The Impact of War
7:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

With VA Hospitals Overtaxed, Vets May Have To Go Private

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 11:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Following General Shinseki's resignation is as head of Veterans Affairs came the questions - the big questions about how to fix the VA and who's best to lead it. NPR's Tom Bowman covers the Pentagon. He's been speaking with veterans' groups and VA watchers and joins us in our studios.

Tom, thanks so much for being with us.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: You're welcome, Scott.

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The Impact of War
7:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

New Acting VA Secretary Faces Cultural Challenges

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 11:38 am

Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned over the growing health care scandal. He said remaining in office would only distract from carrying out needed reforms.

Health
7:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Measles Hits 20-Year High In U.S.

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 11:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Measles was eliminated in the year 2000 from the United States, but a lot can change in a few years. Today, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says the infection rate is at a 20-year high for measles. There have been 288 cases reported for the first five months of 2014. A couple of weeks ago we spoke to William Schaffner, who teaches preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University, about this very issue and he told us the huge factor in the outbreak is a lack of vaccinations.

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Around the Nation
7:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

In Pizza Kitchens And On Assembly Lines, Temp Workers Face Abuse

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 11:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

More than 50 years after "Harvest Of Shame" aired, a new kind of migrant worker still toils in America. That's according to Michael Grabell, an investigative reporter with propublica.org. He says that temporary workers - according to U.S. labor department figures - are one of one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy. And the nature of their work makes it ripe for abuse. Michael Grabell joins us from New York. Thanks very much for being with us.

MICHAEL GRABELL: Thank you for having me.

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