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All Things Considered
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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  • House Questions Toyota Execs Over Recalls
    Transportation officials as well as Toyota's president faced the first day of Congressional hearings aimed at getting to the bottom of what led to the recall of hundreds of thousands of cars over safety concerns. The company's president is due to appear Wednesday.
  • Toyota Dealers, Plant Workers Show Support
    About a hundred Toyota dealers and 40 Toyota plant workers are in Washington, D.C., this week to show support for the automaker. They are meeting with lawmakers to get across their message: that Toyota is a good company that takes care of its customers.
  • Consumer Reports Ranks Toyota Prius Tops
    Consumer Reports ranked the Toyota Prius the 2010 Green Car of the Year despite a recall from the world's No. 1 automaker. David Champion, senior director for Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center, discusses the process behind the rankings.
  • Letters: Hot Dogs
    Hot Dogs and the best way to serve them to small children was the hot topic from Monday's show. Robert Siegel reads listeners' e-mails on a proposed redesign of the weiner to reduce the chance of children choking.
  • Obama Backs Gentler Version Of Cadillac Health Tax
    President Obama's health plan includes the so-called Cadillac tax -- a controversial excise tax on high-end health insurance plans. But even proponents of the excise tax say it may be too weak to do much.
  • New Powers Would Let FTC Regulate Pharma Deals
    President Obama's new health proposal would give the Federal Trade Commission more regulatory power over certain deals that the pharmaceutical industry cuts with its competition. These deals artificially keep the costs of prescription drugs high, and cost consumers billions.
  • Belief In Climate Change Hinges On Worldview
    When it comes to climate change, some look at the facts presented and see a coming catastrophe, while others see a hoax. This difference in interpretation, social scientists say, has more to do with each individual's existing outlook than with the facts.
  • Report Predicts Lithium-Ion Batteries Glut
    There are warnings of a technology bubble around the lithium-ion batteries that power hybrid cars. A leading consultancy says battery producers will soon end up with twice the capacity needed to supply plug-in cars. John Gartner, senior analyst with Pike Research's clean transportation practice, talks about the coming lithium-ion battery glut.
  • Aid Groups Fret As Haiti Giving Slows Down
    After a record January, aid groups say donations for Haiti have slowed to a trickle — but the need hasn't gone away. A new study puts recovery and rebuilding costs as high as $14 billion.
  • U.S. Hockey Teams Dominate Vancouver Games
    U.S. hockey has been a dominating force at the Vancouver games. The men's team upset Canada earlier this week, forcing the home team to compete for a spot in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the women have blown apart their competition thus far, giving up only two goals versus the 40 they have scored.

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