How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

Dems To Draft Articles Of Impeachment; Hair Dye Ups Cancer Risk; Crow Poop Woes

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First Up

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced at the Capitol on Thursday that the House is drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump.
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Here's what we're following today.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today House Democrats will move ahead with drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. “His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution,” Pelosi said. The story of the House Democrats' impeachment report has quickly become all about the phone records; here is a look at what they mean. 

Hair dyes and relaxers are linked to a greater risk for breast cancer — especially for black women, a new study says. Researchers found that permanent hair dye use was associated with a 7% higher risk of developing breast cancer among white women and 45% for black women. There was an even greater risk among black women who dyed their hair every one or two months.

Men between the ages of 25 and 54 are leaving the U.S. workforce despite a job boom, and researchers don’t know why. The decline in male workers is concentrated almost entirely among men with high school diplomas or less, or even a bit of college.

George Zimmerman, who was tried and acquitted for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin in 2012, is suing Martin’s parents. He alleges they were part of a conspiracy to defame him. Martin’s parents say there’s no evidence supporting his claims. 

When news broke that California Sen. Kamala Harris was dropping out of the presidential race, some Democratic candidates began ringing alarm bells. Harris was the only nonwhite candidate to have qualified for the next presidential debate on Dec. 19.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are big champions of taxing the very rich on their wealth, not just income. The public is behind it, but there are big challenges to implementing the plan. Here’s a breakdown of how a wealth tax would work.  

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Today's Listens

What really happens to all the stuff you donate?
Author Adam Minter estimates that the average U.S. thrift store is able to sell only about one-third of its inventory. In his new book, Secondhand, he finds out what happens to the other two-thirds.
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“Your average thrift store in the United States only sells about one-third of the stuff that ends up on its shelves,” author Adam Minter says. On this episode of Fresh Air, the recycling and waste expert explores what happens after you drop your stuff off at the Goodwill door and describes the market for secondhand goods, both domestically and in Africa and Asia. (Listening time, 37:11)
The power struggle over — power.
We only seem to notice electricity when it’s suddenly unavailable. But more than 100 years ago, electricity in the homes of every American was a wild idea and the subject of a bitter fight over who would power, and profit from, the national grid. This week, Throughline looks at the battle that electrified our world and the extreme measures that were taken to get there. (Listening time, 43:21)

Digging Deeper

A dreaded part of teachers’ jobs: Restraining and secluding students.
Restraint and seclusion in schools can mean anything from holding or using restraints on a student to isolating them in a separate room or space.
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As a last resort, teachers are allowed to restrain or seclude students when they’re believed to be a danger to themselves or others, according to federal guidelines. But many parents of these students say it has traumatized their children, and a federal watchdog report shows hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and even death when restraint and seclusion were used. 

Many educators say it has put them in a tough spot, telling NPR that using restraint and seclusion is one of the worst parts of their job, even though some also argue that it makes people safer. 

Better training is one middle ground that an Ohio public charter school found to help the issue, where only a few certified staff there are permitted to seclude or restrain students. 

Throwback Thursday

What you didn’t know about Rosa Parks.
Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956, when she was among several others charged with violating segregation laws.
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A very different Rosa Parks from the demur seamstress many people learned about in history class is the focus of a new exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington. (Listening time, 7:18)

Before You Go

A murder of crows sit in a tree in Rochester, Minn. Each year, the birds arrive in mid-November and stay for the winter.
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  • Rochester, Minn.’s, fight with crow poop intensifies each winter. Chasing them away falls to a dedicated band of city workers armed with lasers, starter pistols and crow distress calls.
  • Researchers have identified hundreds of proteins in human blood that wax and wane in surprising ways as we age – information that could provide clues about which substances in the blood can slow aging.
  • The rise of the invisible restaurant: More patrons are ordering to-go food via apps from outlets with no dining room. 
  • Four shortlisted artists for the prestigious Turner Prize successfully asked the jury to jointly award them the prize, saying their work is based on collaboration. 
  • An electric eel is powering a Tennessee Christmas tree with every jolt he produces.

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