8:41am

Tue December 4, 2012
Africa

Rebels Hold The Cards In DR Congo

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, years after the big banks got support from the federal government and with interest rates at record lows, small businesses are still struggling to get access to credit. We're wondering why that is, so we'll try to find out in our Money Coach conversation in just a few minutes.

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8:41am

Tue December 4, 2012
Money Coach

Small Businesses: "Show Me The Credit"

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now to matters of personal finance. We all remember the financial crisis the country faced four years ago. The numbers suggest that the economy is improving slowly but surely. Interest rates are at near record lows, but our next guest says - and this is something you might have experienced yourself - a lot of people are still having a difficult time getting access to credit, especially small-business owners and home owners with less than perfect credit.

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8:41am

Tue December 4, 2012
Parenting

Son Questions Mother's Shaken Baby Conviction

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner and generally at this time, we check in with a group of parents who share their experiences and common sense advice.

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8:41am

Tue December 4, 2012
Politics

Time For A 'Black Agenda' In The White House?

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program we are going to head to Central Africa to find out what's happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an armed rebel group managed to take over one of the country's most important cities, despite the presence of a massive United Nations peacekeeping force. We'll talk about how that happened and why it matters with a reporter who is there on the ground. That's coming up later in the program.

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8:16am

Tue December 4, 2012
Shots - Health News

At Small Companies Insurance Extensions Have More Limits

Now that the layoffs are official, it's time to talk about health insurance.
iStockphoto.com

When it comes to health insurance, working for a small company often means making do with less than employees get at big firms.

Small companies offer coverage less often. Even when they do make it available, it may cost more and be less comprehensive. One reason: Small employers just don't have the bargaining clout with insurers that larger firms have.

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8:07am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Crime On The Farm: Hay Thefts Soar As Drought Deepens

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:09 am

That's a valuable commodity: A hay bale at a farm in Eatonton, Ga., earlier this year.
Erik S. Lesser EPA /Landov
  • Sheriff Bobby Whittington talks with NPR's Renee Montagne

Your crime fodder ... sorry, make that blotter ... news of the day.

From St. Louis:

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7:09am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Living On Food Stamps: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Starts Challenge Today

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:02 am

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

A campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans who depend on food stamps gets a high-profile plug today as Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., begins a week of living on $30 worth of food.

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6:17am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Iran Claims Drone Capture; Typhoon Bears Down On Philippines

Philippine Air Force troops use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from floods in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines earlier today (Dec. 4).
Bobby Lagsa EPA /LANDOV

6:11am

Tue December 4, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Tuesday December 4, 2012

1956 - The Million Dollar Quartet (highlighted story below)
  • 339th Day of 2012 /27 Remaining
  • 17 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
  • Sunrise:7:09
  • Sunset:4:51
  • 9 Hours 42 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:10:39pm
  • Moon Set:11:11am
  • Moon’s Phase: 68 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • December 28 @ 5:21 am
  • Full Cold Moon
  • Full Long Nights Moon

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.

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5:54am

Tue December 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Changes Tack With Congressional Republicans

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 9:37 am

President Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday. Since his re-election four weeks ago, Obama is showing signs of a new, more aggressive leadership style.
Charles Dharapak AP

Throughout his first term, some of President Obama's critics said he wasn't a tough enough negotiator. They felt he caved to Republicans too early, too often. Since his re-election, Obama has subtly changed his approach. He's bringing a more aggressive style — but some critics say it's not the best way to find common ground.

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