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Mon May 16, 2011
Money Counts: Young Adults And Financial Literacy

College Students Navigate Financial Life

Brandon Smith is graduating from Columbia College in Chicago. He works part-time at a sandwich shop downtown. Smith's college loans total $98,000, and he expects them to go higher.
Cheryl Corley NPR

Part of a series on young people and financial literacy

For many high school and college seniors, graduation is a time of new beginnings and harsh realities. Their thoughts are turning to money — for tuition, rent, and credit card bills. Three Illinois students have already made decisions about debt and finances that will be with them for years to come.

Depending On School Loans

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Energy

Nuclear Nations Turn To Natural Gas And Renewables

Engineers probing the ruined nuclear reactors at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are finding yet more damage. Not only did fuel melt in three reactors, they've just discovered a hole in one reactor vessel. And radioactive water continues to leak at the site. That mess in Fukushima has led several governments to reassess nuclear power.

Japan was planning 14 new reactors. Germany, famously anti-nuclear, had approved several new plants. Utilities in the U.S. had plans for new reactors as well.

Now?

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Asia

Automakers Try To Convince Chinese To Drive Green

Green car technology is still in its infancy in China, and there's little uniformity in the way of infrastructure to support the vehicles, like this concept car with solar panels, made by Roewe, seen at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

The boom in car ownership in China has brought with it many problems familiar to Americans: bad traffic, of course, but also more pollution. So the Chinese government and the auto companies are trying to push a new generation of environmentally friendly car.

But it's not proving easy.

Nancy Gioia, Ford's director of global electrification, has the somewhat unenviable task of persuading a Chinese public in the first flush of gasoline-powered capitalism to park the Hummer and roll out the Ford hybrid.

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Your Health

Shop For A Pyschotherapist To Avoid The Lemons

Janet Ohlsen, pictured here in 2009 after completing a triathalon, has battled depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. After a long search for mental health care, Ohlsen found a psychotherapist with whom she clicked.
Courtesy of Janet Ohlsen

Turn on a TV talk show and you'll think that everyone in America is in need of mental health counseling. But there are hundreds of different kinds of therapy out there, and it's hard to know which ones work.

Researchers have put a lot of effort into testing different forms of psychotherapy, and they have solid evidence of what works, particularly for common mental problems like depression and anxiety.

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Media

Livelihood 'On The Line,' Anchor Reveals He's Gay

CNN anchor Don Lemon says his mentors and agents challenged him to consider whether he was willing to wear "the gay anchor" label throughout his career. " And I'd have to say, at this point, why the hell not?" he says,
CNN

CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon is many things: A 45-year-old African-American native of Baton Rouge, La., he was raised Southern Baptist, attended Catholic schools and graduated from Brooklyn College in New York, and subsequently prospered in the competitive world of television news.

One more facet of his life that he reveals publicly for the first time today: He is gay.

"Do I want to be 'the gay anchor'?" Lemon said.

He said his mentors and agents challenged him to consider whether he was willing to wear that label throughout his career.

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