Health Care Debate Tone Sharpens
Congress may be taking a break for August, but the debate over a health care overhaul isn't. It's just changing venues. For the next five weeks, arguments for and against the plans being put together by President Obama and congressional Democrats will be waged on the airwaves and in individual states and members' districts.
Are Insurers' Profits As Low As They Claim?
A trade group says insurers only make 1 cent off every dollar spent on health care. But that figure measures insurer profits against all the money pumped into the U.S. system. Economists say profits are traditionally calculated by how much insurers spend versus how much money they take in.
Low Vitamin D Levels? Sardines To The Rescue
Federal statistics show that 9 percent of U.S. children were deficient in vitamin D, and an additional 61 percent may have lower-than-optimal levels. Some research suggests that vitamin D, abundant in fatty fish such as sardines, helps bolster the immune system and may even guard against heart disease.
Craigslist Founder Defends Web Site
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says the tension between anonymity and accountability is one of the most pertinent issues on the Internet. The self-described former nerd says his Web site was built on a single good idea, which he expanded by listening to suggestions.
A Tiny Digital Arts Revolution, Encased In Glass
Artist Tim Tate makes bulb-shaped glass cases containing a miniature video screen and player. When he couldn't find technology that worked with his art, he collaborated with scientists to invent it.
Mich. Town May Welcome Guantanamo Detainees
The Obama administration is considering moving detainees from Cuba to facilities in the U.S., including a maximum-security prison in Standish, Mich., that is slated to close. City Manager Michael Moran says the economic benefits of keeping the prison open are enormous, and the response in his community has been positive.
Rebuilding Iraq: An Unfinished Business
Recent audits released by the U.S. government show a mixed legacy of America's $50 billion reconstruction effort in Iraq. The reports highlight how the U.S. military is deeply involved with the reconstruction of Iraq — and how it may be tricky to draw down and transfer authority to the Iraqis.
Haggis Is English? A Scot Says It's Not
A food historian's claim that the most Scottish of dishes originated in England has prompted consternation from Aberdeen to Inverness. But former world champion haggis maker Robert Patrick is having none of it.
Letters: Week In Politics, Castles
Listeners respond to the interview with Arianna Huffington and Dennis Prager last week, and the story on American castles. Melissa Block and Madeleine Brand read from listeners' e-mails.
Listeners' Choice: 2009's Best Songs (So Far)
In July, thousands of NPR's All Songs Considered listeners cast votes for their favorite songs of 2009's first half. Bob Boilen, the show's host, discusses the results and plays some of listeners' favorite songs with NPR's Melissa Block.