1:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
Planet Money

Energy Independence Wouldn't Make Gasoline Any Cheaper

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 1:05 pm

Friedemann Vogel Getty Images

Just about every president since Richard Nixon has set energy independence as a goal, and both major candidates have brought it up the current campaign.

As it turns out, there is a place, not so far from here, that has achieved energy independence: Canada.

Canada produces far more oil than it consumes. They're not dependent on the Middle East! They've got all the oil they need!

I called Stephen Gordon, a professor of economics at Université Laval in Quebec City, to ask him about what energy independence means for his nation.

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1:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
Animals

Hey, Sexy Dino, Show Me Your Feathers

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 5:43 pm

This artistic interpretation shows an adult and juvenile feathered ornithomimid dinosaurs.
Julius Csotonyi Science

Some of the weirdest animal behavior is about romance. That's especially true with birds — they croon or dance or display brilliant feathers to seduce the reluctant.

This sort of sexual display apparently has a long pedigree: There's now new evidence that some dinosaurs may have used the same come-on.

The source is a kind of dinosaur that was built like a 400-pound ostrich. It lived about 75 million years ago and is called ornithomimus, meaning "bird mimic."

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1:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
StoryCorps

After 30 Years Of Surgeries, Doctor And Patient Dance

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:44 am

Marcela Gaviria met Dr. Dempsey Springfield when she was 12, and he performed an operation to save her leg from complications from cancer. Since then, he's performed countless operations on her.
StoryCorps

When Marcela Gaviria was 7 years old, she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a type of childhood bone cancer. She survived, and the cancer was cured — but it nearly took her leg.

When Gaviria was 12, she needed a bone transplant and met surgeon Dempsey Springfield, who performed the operation.

"I was pretty scared, I remember, and I think I survived a very sort of traumatic moment 'cause you were so kind," Gaviria, now 43, told Springfield at StoryCorps in Boston.

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1:19am

Fri October 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Do Political Ads Actually Work?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:31 am

Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on television advertising in the presidential race. Most of it is negative, and almost all of it is concentrated in nine battleground states.

If you live in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin, you cannot get away from the ad blitz being waged by both sides. For the folks who track political advertising at Kantar Media CMAG, these commercials tell a story.

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1:17am

Fri October 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

President Embraces 'Obamacare'; What Would Romney Do?

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 9:22 am

During a campaign speech at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 18, President Obama once again embraced the term "Obamacare" while discussing the Affordable Care Act.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

It's hard to find an issue on which President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney disagree more than health care.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act is considered President Obama's signature legislative achievement, as well as something Romney has vowed to repeal.

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11:48pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Politics

Friday Media Roundtable: The Foreign Policy Debate

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the third and final presidential debate, which focused on US foreign policy. What did the media focus on and what was missing from the coverage? We’ll be joined by Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly, The American Independent News Network’s Eli Clifton, and Democracy Now’s Andres Contreris. Where did you see the best reporting this week? And where do you get your news about US foreign policy? It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you.

Guests:

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6:13pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Politics

Proposition E could be the end for payroll tax and the beginning of new businesses

Credit Under CC license from Flickr user enricod

With less than two weeks to go before election day, San Franciscans have a lot of issues to consider. Some are unique to San Francisco, for example, we’re the only city in California that bases our business tax on a company’s payroll. That means if your business makes more than $250,000, your tax is based on how many employees you have, not how much money you make.

Proposition E would change that. It would phase this tax out, and institute a new one based on a company’s gross receipts, meaning the total amount of money it brings in each year. 

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5:02pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Cops & Courts

The politics of prison guards

Credit http://californiaprisoncrisis.org/

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been bringing you exclusive stories from inside some of the state’s most secure prisons, including San Quentin. And we've been focusing on the people with the least amount of political power: the inmates. Now we turn our attention to another group within the prison system, and one with considerably more political influence: the prison guards. 

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5:02pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 25, 2012

Proposition E and San Francisco's payroll tax, Berkeley contemplates implementing a Sit/Lie law, California Correctional Peace Officers Association and their election campaign contributions, and local musician Mary Stallings.

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5:00pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Your legal rights 10/24

The basics of home foreclosures

Chuck Finney is joined by Keith Ogden, Staff Attorney, Home Mortgage Foreclosure, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto; Adam Kent, Bankruptcy Law attorney; and attorney Philip Shecter who counsels homeowners facing foreclosure.

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