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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

President Barack Obama visits the WWI Flanders Field Cemetery in Waregem on March 26, 2014. The cemetery is the final resting place for 368 Americans, most of whom were killed during World War I. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty)

A World on The Edge: Echoes of 1914 in 2014 | As Deadline Looms, Some Still Wary of ACA | Washington's Mudslides: An Unfolding Tragedy | The Takeaway TV Smackdown - Round 4 | Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech | Is Technology Dehumanizing the Workforce?

A World on The Edge: Echoes of 1914 in 2014

Yesterday President Barack Obama promised to use the U.S. military to protect NATO nations against outside threats. "History has a funny way of moving in twists and turns, and not just in a straight line," he said. History also tends to repeat itself, as Margaret MacMillan, professor of history at Oxford University, knows well. She reflects on the fateful summer of 1914 and compares that century-old conflict to the current issues facing the West and Russia.

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As Deadline Looms, Some Still Wary of ACA

As of March 17th, over five million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Eric Sturgis, a 47-year-old business owner from Tacoma, WA, tried to sign up at Healthcare.gov but, because of tech issues, he's still in limbo. Others like Chad Lindsey, a 31-year-old from Arlington, TX, say it's cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for insurance because his deductible is so high.

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Washington's Mudslides: An Unfolding Tragedy

It's day four in the rescue effort to find survivors after a mudslide devastated a community in Washington State. Residents are crying out for stability in the wake of this unfolding tragedy that has left many missing and at least 14 people dead. Ed Ronco, Morning Edition host and producer for KPLU in Seattle, weighs in on the rescue and recovery efforts and the way forward for Washington.

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Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech

Did you know the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors. Nowadays, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women but that wasn't always the case. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to professors and students about why more women don't pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.

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Is Technology Dehumanizing the Workforce?

In a push for workplace efficiency, are we losing the human expertise and interactions that fuel new ideas? In his new book, "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans," Simon Head, associate fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, argues that large-scale computer business systems are actually making us dumber. 

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