1:01pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Halloween Is More Funny Than Scary In St. Louis

At Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, student Andrew Dwoskin was handing out candy to local children during a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" event.

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

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12:45pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Hard Times: A Journey Across America

Miss. Couple Lament Loss Of The American Dream

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Norris and Janis Galatas at their home in Collinsville, Miss., with their horse, Cinnamon. The couple is struggling to make their mortgage payments.

Debbie Elliott NPR

Part of a monthlong series

The plan for Norris and Janis Galatas was that they would be settled and comfortable at middle age — paying off their bills and putting away something for the future. But now the wounded warrior and his wife are rethinking the American dream.

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12:44pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

UNESCO Votes To Make Palestine A Member

Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad Al-Malki delivers a speech at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

Miguel Medina AFP/Getty Images

In a controversial vote that could cost UNESCO a big chunk of its budget, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted to make a state of Palestine a full member.

The vote was 107 to 14 and included 52 abstentions.

The AP reports:

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12:33pm

Mon October 31, 2011
NPR Story

MF Global Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with bad bets and a big bankruptcy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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12:29pm

Mon October 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Poll: Cain And Perry Tied In Texas

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 12:56 pm

In what may be the most impressive and surprising sign of the Herman Cain phenomenon yet, the Republican presidential candidate was essentially tied with native son Gov. Rick Perry in Texas, of all places.

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll put Cain at 27 percent support and Perry, the three-term governor at 26 percent. The margin of error was plus/minus 3.46 percent.

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12:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Fresh Air Interview

Tom Waits: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 8:40 am

Tom Waits.

Jesse Dylan

Tom Waits recorded his new album Bad As Me, his first collection of all-new studio recordings in eight years, in his studio, which he calls "Rabbit Foot" for good luck. The space, a converted schoolhouse, still has class pictures dotting the walls of each classroom.

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12:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
7 Billion And Counting

7 Billion: Trick Or Treat For Crowded Countries?

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 12:34 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Happy Halloween. If all the witches, goblins, and ghosts coming to your door don't scare you enough, then you might want to head south of the border for an encounter with Sante Meurte, or the Saint of Death. In a few minutes, we'll talk about why the veneration of this folk saint seems to have really taken off in the last decade or so and why the Catholic church is not happy about it. But first, happy birthday to the world's seven billionth inhabitant.

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11:54am

Mon October 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Stomach Bug Has A Field Day At NBA

Locker rooms and clubhouses should be disinfected regularly with a solution such as bleach that's effective against the stubborn norovirus, researchers say.

iStockphoto.com

It's the season for stomach bugs again. And if you want to know just how contagious those bugs can be, just ask the National Basketball Association.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the play-by-play on an outbreak of gastrointestinal misery that afflicted as many as 13 NBA teams a year ago, spreading rapidly from player to player and from players to team staffers.

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10:54am

Mon October 31, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky Switches to Privatized Medicaid Care

Kentucky’s three new managed care operators, MCOs, say they’re ready for members to switch over to privatized Medicaid care this week.  The switch on Nov. 1 is expected to save the state around $375 million over the three year contracts while managing patient care more efficiently.

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10:52am

Mon October 31, 2011
Opinion

Major League Longing: What Comes After Game Seven

jcornelius viaFlickr

Glenn Stout has served as the editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since 1991. His latest book is Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year.

Baseball is over again and — for a while — so am I.

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