3:14am

Wed October 3, 2012
Planet Money

Why New York Is A Hub In The Global Trinket Trade

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:07 am

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

For more on the junk economy, see this slideshow.

There's a neighborhood in New York City that has always been a mystery to us. Smack dab in the middle of Manhattan, around 29th street, is the wholesale district. There you can find rows of narrow storefronts packed to the ceiling with trinkets. Racks and racks of fake gold chains. Acres of souvenir lighters and walls of belt buckles. Plastic, plastic, plastic toys.

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3:13am

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

On Eve Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:38 am

Early voting has begun in the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Iowa. Voting booths were set up for early voting Thursday at the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, Iowa. Ahead of Wednesday's first presidential debate, an NPR poll finds President Obama with a 7-point lead nationally, but his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, is within striking distance.
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The latest poll by NPR and its bipartisan polling team [pdf] shows President Obama with a 7-point lead among likely voters nationally and a nearly identical lead of 6 points in the dozen battleground states where both campaigns are spending most of their time and money.

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1:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Early Voting Gets Underway In Ohio

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:14 am

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Early voting began in Ohio yesterday. More than a million people have signed up for mail-in ballots, and thousands more began voting in person. From member station WKSU, M.L. Schultze reports.

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1:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:14 am

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NPR's business news starts with good news for automakers.

U.S. auto sales last month were the best they've been in four and a half years. That's according to numbers compiled by the research firm Auto Data. Experts give credit the boost in sales to cheap financing for car loans and growing consumer confidence. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

1:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
Business

Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Get New Protections

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:14 am

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1:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
History

Wikipedia Politicizes Landmark Historical Event

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:14 am

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When President Obama and Mitt Romney debate tonight, many people will ask if their claims are true. Each one has already been asking that about the other side.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They will try to distract you and sometimes - how do I put this nicely? They will just fib.

MITT ROMNEY: The president tends to - how shall I say it? - say things that aren't true.

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1:02am

Wed October 3, 2012
First And Main

Voices From First And Main: What Matters To Swing-State Voters

Becky Lettenberger and John W. Poole NPR

In the run-up to the presidential election, Morning Edition visited communities in swing states — in fact, in swing counties — that are predictably unpredictable when it comes to voting. We wanted to hear from voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year.

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12:37am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Dings Hospitals For Too Many Repeat Customers

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:14 am

Denver Health has a network of clinics to keep track of patients discharged from its hospital.
Denver Health

A paradox of American health care is that hospitals are sometimes rewarded for doing things badly.

Patients who are discharged, for example, shouldn't have to come right back because they got worse after getting home. But if they do come back, hospitals benefit because they can fill an empty bed and bill for more care.

The federal government says, in fact, that Medicare alone pays $17.4 billion a year for unnecessary return visits.

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12:35am

Wed October 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

Calif. Greenlights Self-Driving Cars, But Legal Kinks Linger

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:56 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown (front left) rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 25.
Eric Risberg AP

Google's self-driving robotic cars have been on the roads in California for two years, but they have been operating in a legal limbo. These cars were not explicitly forbidden, but laws governing self-driving vehicles didn't exist.

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12:34am

Wed October 3, 2012
James Bond At 50

The Sound Of James Bond: Vic Flick's Surf Guitar

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:36 am

The 007 theme is one of the most famous themes in movie history. The infamous guitar riff that gives the theme its secret agent feel was performed by Vic Flick, who spoke to Morning Edition about the day he played it, 50 years ago.

In 1962, Flick was a 25-year-old studio guitarist who was asked to help give the James Bond theme more of a punch. Composer Monty Norman, who wrote the theme, was scrambling to complete the score for the first Bond movie, Dr. No. He'd scratched out a rough draft of the theme, but Flick says it fell a little flat.

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