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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Escort girls await customers at Berlin's exclusive Night Club Bel Ami on May 16, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. (Andreas Rentz/Getty)

The Economics of Sex Work | Crimea Moves Toward Secession | Officials Take Heat Over Missing Plane | Inside the Paralympics: Curling | Teenage: An Inside Look at The Invention of Youth Culture & Adolescence | Adapting Society to an Ever-Growing, Ever-Aging Population

The Economics of Sex Work

The sex trade is a lucrative business, nowhere more than in Atlanta, where it rakes in $290 million every year—more than the underground drug and gun trades combined.

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Inside the Paralympics: Wheelchair Curling

Wheelchair curling is one of the five unique sports in the Winter Paralympics. You might have a hard time finding someone who loves the sport more than Team USA wheelchair curler James Joseph, or "Jimmy Jam" as he is called by his teammates. After surviving a vehicular accident in 1987, Jimmy continued to pursue his passion for sports. The 51-year-old athlete says that curling is "in his blood."

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Teenage: Inside The Invention Adolescence

Where did teenagers come from? During the end of the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th, a population that once went straight from childhood to adulthood now had another stage entirely.

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Adapting Society to a Growing, Aging Population

This week, we've been pondering the significance of aging, and aging well in today's world. Detecting cancer or picking up on genes for Alzheimer's sounds pretty great, but many agree that our society may not have the infrastructure in place to adapt to an ever-growing, ever-aging population. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the intersection between the aging and the economy is Courtney Coile, associate professor of economics at Wellesley College.

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Today's Highlights | March 13, 2014

Also on Today's Show: As President Barack Obama and acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk meet in Washington, it’s looking increasingly likely that the people of Crimea may vote for annexation...Six days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, the country's leaders are facing pressure from around the world to supply some answers about just what happened to the flight.

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