Thu September 13, 2012

William Julius Wilson: Ending Poverty Is Possible

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 3:55 pm

The Census Bureau announced that 15 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2011 — a slight drop from the year before. But income disparities continue to grow. Host Michel Martin talks with Harvard professor William Julius Wilson, author of the 1987 book The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy.


Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 12:22 pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Federal Reserve Announces QE3:

The Federal Reserve announced it would spend $40 billion a month on bond purchases in an effort to stimulate the economy and drive the the unemployment rate down.

The Wall Street Journal says that unlike the first two rounds of Quantitative Easing, this time the Fed will focus solely on buying mortgage-backed securities.

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Thu September 13, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Best of Carnegie Hall Live: The Intimate Side of Carnegie Hall

Airs Thursday, September 13 at 11:00 a.m.  The Intimate Side of Carnegie Hall features Karita Mattila and Martin Katz in Marx Songs and selection from Sallinen Dream Songs; Debussy’s La mort des amants; Finnish folk song (encore); Leif Ove Andsnes' in a Chopin Waltz set; Chopin Ballade in Ab Maj, Op 47, Chopin Nocturne in B min, Chopin Ballade in G min, Op 23, L'Arpeggiata and much more.


Thu September 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:24 am

Nurse Fatima Guillen (left) gives 4-year-old Kimberly Magdeleno a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

To protect children against whooping cough, doctors recommend five shots of vaccine before they turn 7.

But what happens after that? How long does the protection last?

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Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Director Of Anti-Islam Film Still A Mystery

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 3:19 pm

The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.

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Thu September 13, 2012

Blanchard breaks ground on water treatment plant

The north Caddo Parish town of Blanchard will draw water from Caddo Lake, as part of a $17 million water treatment facility under construction. The town used low-interest loans through federal and state agencies to make it a reality. The plant will be able to produce 5 million gallons a day when it's completed in a year.


Thu September 13, 2012
The Salt

Freedom Soda: New York's Ban On Big Sodas Hits Us Where We're Human

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:46 pm

Under New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban, soda sizes at the movies and elsewhere would have to shrink, and so would the fun, some people say.

UPDATE: 11:37 a.m. As expected, the New York Board of Health passed a rule banning sugary drinks like soda in sizes 16 oz. or larger at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries in an effort to combat obesity today. The ban is expected to take effect in March, but according to the Wall Street Journal, opponents are already considering a legal challenge to prevent that. It passed 8-0.

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Thu September 13, 2012

What Was I Thinking for September 13, 2012

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his thoughts on the Tour de France and the doping scandals surrounding it.


Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Mob Attacks U.S. Embassy In Yemen As Clashes Spread Over Anti-Islam Film

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 6:03 am

A mob in Yemen attacks the U.S. Embassy during a protest against a film they say insults the Prophet Muhammad, in the capital, Sanaa, on Thursday.
Yahya Arhab EPA/Landov

Update 8:21 ET. Two Slain Americans Identified:

Two of the security personnel who were killed Tuesday along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and Information Management Officer Sean Smith have been identified. They are Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, both security personnel who died helping protect their colleagues. Both men were former Navy SEALs, according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here's more from the statement:

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Thu September 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Man Tries To Pay For Beer With Bartender's Card



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