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Amazon's harsh hours might not fly at some foreign operations

There's been a lot of water cooler discussion this week about Amazon and The New York Times' investigative piece chronicling a brutally competitive work environment at the retail giant. Amazon is based in Seattle. But it operates in 32 nations. Would those demanding conditions work in its other locations?

Economics

How Canada tried to eradicate poverty with guaranteed income

For some residents of the Netherlands it will soon be money for nothing. Utrecht in the Netherlands just announced it would be experimenting with "basic income." That is, giving people on welfare a paycheck regardless of whether they get a job or not. This isn't the first experiment in handing out checks without strings. Economist Evelyn Forget studied a similar experiment in Manitoba in the 1970s.

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Global Politics

Malaysia's maid shortage rooted in abuse

Malaysian families are facing a critical shortage of maids. Most of the maids come from Indonesia. But Indonesia banned its citizens from going to work as maids in Malaysia after a series of abuses against them. Jennifer Pak reports from Kuala Lumpur.

Arts, Culture & Media

"The Social Network" choir Scala

The World's April Peavey tells us about the all-female choir Scala. Based in Belgium, they've performed throughout Europe. After one of their songs appeared in a trailer for the movie "The Social Network," their own social network has grown worldwide.

Arts, Culture & Media

Tuscany textiles

We're looking for a city in Tuscany for our Geo Quiz today. It's known for its fabrics, its delicious biscotti, and now for its growing Chinese community. The city has the second largest Chinese immigrant population in Italy.