Planet Money
3:42 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

A Father Of High-Speed Trading Thinks We Should Slow Down

Thomas Peterffy, shown here in 2010
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:54 pm

First, three stories from Thomas Peterffy's life as a trader:

Story #1:

When Peterffy was a kid growing up in communist Hungary in the 1950s his buddy went to Austria and brought back a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Peterffy bought the pack, broke the sticks of gum up into little pieces, and sold them at a profit. The principal at his school was not amused. "Where's your communist conscience?" the principal asked.

Not surprisingly, given story #1, Peterffy moved to the U.S. as a young man.

Story #2:

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It's All Politics
3:27 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

The Importance Of Not Fiddling While Rome Burns (Or Floods)

A sign was displayed on a highway near New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

It's not unusual for politicians and show business producers to put off planned events in the face of tragedy or national disaster.

The Republican Party delayed opening day festivities at its national convention in Tampa this week because of safety concerns as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Episode 15: Food Equity in Ft. Wayne Part 2

Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Episode 14: Food Equity in Ft. Wayne Part 1

Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Episode 13: The Soul of the City: Ft. Wayne Parks & Rec

Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Episode 12: What Story Does Your Refrigerator Tell? Part II

Afghanistan
2:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Afghan Women Fear Backsliding On Key Gains

Soraya Paksat of Voice of Afghan Women holds a knife that was confiscated from a woman who came to visit a young relative in one of the group's shelters. The woman intended to kill the girl for fleeing an abusive father.
Sean Carberry NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

The gains by Afghan women are seen as one of the country's most important achievements over the past decade. But as the international community draws down its military and aid presence, those hard-won gains are at risk of being lost, according to activists.

Women are still being beaten, raped and forced into early marriage at alarming rates. And women's advocacy groups say they are already seeing signs of backsliding by the government when it comes to protecting women, and fear this could accelerate in the coming years.

A 16-Year-Old's Struggle

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Arts & Culture
2:46 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Episode 11: What Story Does Your Refrigerator Tell? Part 1

Politics & Government
2:42 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Restitution fund issues first check

Indiana Sec. of State Connie Lawson announced Friday the Indiana Securities Restitution Fund paid its first relief check.

Two years after its creation, Indiana’s Securities Restitution Fund – which provides relief for victims of investment scams – paid out its first check, and Secretary of State Connie Lawson says there should be more to come.

A major reason why it took two years for a single check to be issued from the fund is timing: to be eligible for relief, the scam must have taken place on or after July 1, 2010. That's the date the law creating the fund took effect.

Secretary Lawson says the time between the crime and when the victim gets relief can be lengthy.

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