3:04am

Thu November 15, 2012
Planet Money

Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 1:04 pm

An oilcloth sign advertising Coca-Cola from 1905.
The Coca-Cola Company

Prices change; that's fundamental to how economies work.

And yet: In 1886, a bottle of Coke cost a nickel. It was also a nickel in 1900, 1915 and 1930. In fact, 70 years after the first Coke was sold, you could still buy a bottle for a nickel.

Three wars, the Great Depression, hundreds of competitors — none of it made any difference for the price of Coke. Why not?

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11:00pm

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

As Xi Jinping Takes Top Post In China, Hopes Of Reform Fade

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 8:10 am

Chinese leader Xi Jinping earlier today in Beijing.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images
  • Louisa Lim on 'Morning Edition'

Though new Chinese leader Xi Jinping "didn't once mention Marxism or Mao Zedong" today as he stepped into his new role, the make-up of the "gang of seven" that he now heads "will disappoint those hoping for sweeping reform," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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5:07pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Health Care Cuts Are Coming. Here's Where Liberals Say You Can Slice

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:12 pm

Two new studies and a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement all have the potential to change dollar signs as lawmakers address the impending fiscal cliff.
iStockphoto.com

A liberal think-tank closely allied with the Obama administration is proposing a health care spending plan it says could save hundreds of billions of dollars in entitlement spending without hurting middle- and low-income patients.

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5:04pm

Wed November 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Says He Has One Mandate: To Help The Middle Class

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:49 pm

President Obama acknowledges reporters after his White House news conference on Wednesday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

A president just re-elected has arguably the most political capital he's likely to have during his entire second term.

And President Obama clearly has some capital, though he didn't overtly refer to it or vow to "spend it," as his predecessor George W. Bush famously said upon his 2004 re-election.

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4:57pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Lawmakers Clash With FDA Over Meningitis Outbreak

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 6:17 pm

New England Compounding Center co-owner Barry Cadden went to Capitol Hill for a congressional hearing Wednesday on the fungal meningitis outbreak. Choosing to take the Fifth Amendment, Cadden did not testify.
Susan Walsh AP

Members of a House subcommittee clashed repeatedly Wednesday with U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Margaret Hamburg over the outbreak of meningitis caused by contaminated steroid injections.

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4:35pm

Wed November 14, 2012
It's All Politics

As FEMA's Sandy Cleanup Continues, Questions Arise About Long-Term Help

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:15 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets Nov. 10 with residents of the Far Rockaways section of Queens, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Cuomo is seeking $30 billion in federal assistance to help rebuild his state at a time when Congress is already consumed with reducing the deficit.
John Minchillo AP

Political leaders from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have not been shy about their intent to seek as much federal funding as possible for their storm-struck states. Damages and lost economic activity as a result of Hurricane Sandy have been estimated as high as $50 billion.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., wants $30 billion in federal assistance to help rebuild his state. This request, and others, come at a time when Congress is already consumed with reducing the deficit.

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4:29pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

For Some Sandy Survivors, Medicine's The Big Worry

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:15 pm

Pharmacy and medical services stores closed in Coney Island.
Reema Khrais NPR

In Coney Island, on the southern end of Brooklyn, long lines of EMS trucks and buses of National Guardsmen rolled down the roads this week — trekking from residential building to building.

Since Friday, dozens of troops and officials from the City Health Department have been dropping in at the hardest hit areas of New York, making sure all residents are equipped with the essentials: Do they have food? Water? Do they need medical attention?

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4:29pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Health Care

Liberal Group Proposes Reduced Medicare Spending

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:46 pm

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As the White House and Congress debate taxes and entitlement reform, an influential liberal think-tank is offering what appears to be an olive branch. It comes at a time when many Democrats are trying to protect entitlements, such as Medicare. At the same time, Republicans say those entitlements are too expensive in their present form.

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4:07pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Recurring Lyme Disease Rash Caused By Reinfection, Not Relapse

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 4:30 pm

Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks like this one. A study finds that some people can be reinfected many times with the bacteria that cause the disease.
Lauree Feldman Getty Creative Images

In recent years, a disease spread by ticks has become more common across the country.

Lyme disease causes a skin rash, and in some cases, more serious symptoms. The rash usually goes away with antibiotics, but some people say they have other symptoms that persist for months or years.

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4:03pm

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt Recalls Its Ambassador To Israel, Over Gaza Airstrikes

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:20 am

The Egyptian president has recalled his ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel's airstrikes on the Gaza Strip today, his spokesman said on state television. The strikes have killed at least 10 people including the commander of the military wing of Hamas.

Reporting from Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel sent this report to our Newscast unit:

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