11:23am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Socialism, Capitalism: Merriam-Webster's Odd-Couple Words Of The Year

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:12 pm

A demonstrator carries a sign calling people to "resist" President Barack Obama perceived socialist policies during a march of supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement in Washington.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

The dictionary Merriam-Webster has declared an incongruous pair their words of the year: Socialism and capitalism.

"There's no surprise there that politics was in people's minds," the dictionary's Editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski told CBS News when making the announcement.

Sokolowski said that the dictionary, which bases its decision on what people are looking up in their online edition, chose two words for the first time because they trended together.

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10:41am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: No Stupid Pet Trick; In New Zealand, Some Dogs Learn To Drive

Porter, a 10-month-old Beardie Cross, behind the wheel.
Facebook.com/Drivingdogs

We have to admit we were skeptical.

And we wouldn't want to look over in traffic and see Fido cruising by.

But the stories from New Zealand about how the SPCA there is teaching three dogs to drive (sort-of) have some must-see video. Check out what Monty, Ginny and Porter are learning to do. They've learned to respond to some verbal commands that allow them to move a Mini Countryman around a bit.

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10:41am

Wed December 5, 2012
Shots - Health News

Turning Vaccine Refusals Into A Teachable Moment

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 2:01 pm

Kimberly Magdeleno, 4, braces herself for a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

More and more parents who object to vaccination aren't getting their children immunized, leading to outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases.

Some states have responded by making it much harder for parents to get exemptions from required vaccinations based on their personal beliefs.

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9:37am

Wed December 5, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: Traffic report approaching the fiscal cliff

Will Durst

This audio is pending

It's ugly out there, people! As expected, following the holiday recess, we're seeing a lot of bluster and bombast building up on the beltway and that has managed to slow progress on every budget deal ramp to a virtual crawl. Three or four 18-wheelers full of election day rancor have overturned. And as you might have imagined, rubber-necking has resulted in not so tender fender benders. 

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9:32am

Wed December 5, 2012
Open Air ~ 12/6 at 1pm

Holiday Picks ~ Peter Gallagher ~ Crones for the Holidays

On Open Air this week, host David Latulippe takes a look at holiday offerings in the area, both traditional and off the beaten path.  A couple of crones stop by, Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers, to discuss their comedy sketch show, "Crones for the Holidays", a more traditional "Down Home Christmas" preview from the Aurora Theatre, a talk with actor Peter Gallagher, who has a cabaret appearance in SF this weekend, the founders of Sweet Can talk about their circus-like show "Mittens & Mistletoe", and Dianne Keogh shares her cultural picks.  Originally broadcast 12/6/12.

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9:26am

Wed December 5, 2012
Economy

How Helpful Is Extending Unemployment Benefits?

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:30 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, for years now we've been talking about ways to close the achievement gap. Now some states are asking to set standards based on race. You can imagine why this is controversial. So we'll try to learn more about this in just a few minutes.

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9:26am

Wed December 5, 2012
Education

Grading Kids On Race

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:04 am

Some public schools across the U.S. are setting different standards for students based on their race. The goal is to cut the achievement gap in half. Host Michel Martin speaks with Emily Richmond, of the Education Writers Association, about criticisms to this approach.

9:26am

Wed December 5, 2012
History

Buying Freedom Through Dressmaking

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:30 am

The new movie 'Lincoln' explores the last months of Abraham Lincoln's life and sheds light on prominent figures of the time. One lesser-known person is former slave Elizabeth Keckley. She became a close confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor Clarence Lusane about Keckley's contributions to American history.

9:22am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:36 am

Dave Brubeck performs along with his Dave Brubeck Quartet in November 2005.
Timm Schamberger AFP/Getty Images

Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist and composer, known for defying jazz conventions and for recordings like "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," has died.

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9:10am

Wed December 5, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Missouri Bridge Blows Up Real Good (On Purpose)

Boom! The westbound side of Missouri's Blanchette Bridge went down Tuesday.
Missouri Department of Transportation

We're little kids when it comes to watching things blow up.

So we're happy to pass along video of the westbound sections of the Blanchette Bridge that connects St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo., going boom Tuesday.

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