Mon July 18, 2011

Debt Ceiling Debate Sparks New Round Of TV Ad Wars

Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April. The debt ceiling is becoming an election issue, as groups on both sides spend millions on TV ads.
Andrew Harrer Bloomberg via Getty Images

The debate over raising the debt ceiling has largely taken place in the halls of Congress and the White House briefing room. But there is another front in the battle — a war on the air. Advocacy groups from each side of the issue are spending millions on commercials.

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Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

68,500 Marijuana Plants, Worth $205 Million, Found In California

2002 file photo of a marijuana plant growing near Annapolis, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The news first broke late last week and now the Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department has made more information about the bust public.

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Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Moody's: U.S. Should Consider Getting Rid Of Debt Ceiling

Last week, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big three rating agency's to put the United States' credit rating on watch for possible downgrade. Today, it suggests that the country should save itself further headaches by getting rid of the debt ceiling altogether.

Fox Business reports:

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Mon July 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: Milk For PMS And Italians Drop Mediterranean Ways

Even in Italy, healthy peasant fare like the fresh vegetables and fruits at this market stall in Venice isn't cheap, leading many there to abandon the famously healthful Mediterranean diet.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

We tackle health claims galore on the podcast this week.

First up is an ad campaign from the California Milk Processor Board aimed at saving long-suffering men from the tyranny of premenstrual syndrome. Really? Yep. The remedy: regular doses of milk for the women in their lives. The milk board cites research that suggests taking a lot of calcium may help reduce the symptoms of PMS. We check it out.

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Mon July 18, 2011
Home Or Nursing Home

At 88, A Chance To Be Independent Again

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:39 am

For six years, Rosa Hendrix, 88, lived in the Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Atlanta. But she always wanted to go back to an apartment, like the one where she lived before she fell and needed physical therapy. Now she's moving to a new home.
All photos by Robin Nelson for NPR

As Rosa Hendrix puts it, she got "stuck" in a nursing home for six years. So when the 88-year-old woman was finally able to move out, she looked around her new one-bedroom apartment and had some stark things to say about what makes a home.

"A home means to me where you are not in prison. Where you don't have to have somebody to tell you what you can do, when you can do it and how you can do it," she says.

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Mon July 18, 2011

Does Government Debt Really Weaken The Economy?

House Speaker John Boehner House Majority Leader Eric Cantor answer questions during a press conference on a balanced budget amendment at the U.S. Capitol July 14, 2011. Economists say many conservatives believe the answer to the economy's woes is a dramatic reduction in spending, but that could be risky.
Win McNamee Getty Images

These days, many conservatives argue that slashing the nation's debt should be lawmakers' top priority as they try to revive the U.S. economy. Adding too much debt has eroded consumer confidence, they say, and paying it down would help jump-start growth.

But economists say the relationship between government debt and the weak economy isn't so clear.

Addressing the deficit has become a central focus of economic policy in Washington, and politicians like House Speaker John Boehner often talk about the deficit and unemployment in the same breath.

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Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Behind Closed Doors: Abortion In The African-American Community:

(March 29, 2011 file photo from Chicago): Controversial anti-abortion billboards depicting President Obama. They were sponsored by ThatsAbortion.com.
Scott Olson Getty Images

There's a spirited and civil debate on Tell Me More today about the divisive issue of abortion — with particular focus on, as host Michel Martin says, data showing that "while black women make up about 13 percent of the U.S. female population, they account for 30 percent of abortions performed in the U.S." (Michel cited Guttmacher Institute figures.)

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Mon July 18, 2011

Rising Costs Complicate Vaccine Guidelines

The group that advises the U.S. government on vaccination thinks some new vaccines may not be worth the cost.

In 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, decided it's not cost effective to routinely vaccinate boys for human papillomavirus, though they do recommend the vaccine for girls. Now the group is struggling to decide whether infants and toddlers should get costly new vaccines to prevent a form of meningitis caused by bacteria.

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Mon July 18, 2011
All Tech Considered

e-Geaux: Social Networking Without The Social Or The Networking

Courtesy of Pepys Inc.

Have you ever wanted to put a Facebook friend on autopilot?

Make them think you care without the time commitment of leaving a meaningful birthday message or the trouble of reading their ranting comments. A "like" here, a comment there — just enough to make it believable?

Well, Pepys Inc. has what you've been looking for. E-Breaux is part of the company's suite of Web solutions called e-Geaux (beta).

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Mon July 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Philippines: Geckos Are A No-Go For AIDS

The trade in dried geckos, such as these from Indonesia, is on the rise as demand for their use in medicinal and skin care products grows in Asian countries, including the Philippines.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

Traditional forms of medicine used in China and elsewhere in Asia make use of some wild ingredients — literally — from rhino horn to pangolin scales.

But geckos? Yep, in some places even those lizards, thrust into many Americans' consciousness by omnipresent insurance ads, are used as remedies.

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