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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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  • Bernanke Speaks To Reporters After Fed Meeting
    Federal Reserved policymakers were a bit more upbeat about the economy than in their last statement, but that's not saying much. Fed officials say the unemployment rate will remain above 8 percent well into 2013. Chairman Ben Bernanke took questions after Wednesday's Fed meeting and said the best way to combat increasing inequality is to have an economy that creates jobs. Guy Raz talks with NPR's Jim Zarroli for more.
  • How Fear Drove World Rice Markets Insane
    No one can guarantee that the rice crisis of 2008 won't happen again. A lot of damage remains from the disaster that sent rice prices soaring even while there was plenty of rice. And there's still some of the fear that produced the crisis in the first place.
  • Arab League Announces Deal With Syria
    Wednesday in Cairo, the Arab League announced an agreement with the Syrian government on a plan to end the violence there and launch a dialogue between the government and opposition leaders. But many of the protest organizers in Syria say they will not enter into negotiations with the government as long as security forces remain in cities and towns around the country.
  • Strategy Behind A Marine Unit's Dangerous Mission
    The Marines of Darkhorse Battalion suffered a high rate of casualties during their seven-month deployment to southern Afghanistan. Their mission was to go after the Taliban in a place called Sangin — a crossroads of insurgency and drug trafficking. At the time, officials in the military and all the way up to the secretary of defense asked why the Darkhorse Battalion was taking so many casualties. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is reporting all week on the battalion. On Wednesday, he speaks with Guy Raz about the strategy in Sangin: whether the Marines made mistakes and what they did to reduce causalities and complete the mission.
  • In Kansas, Politics Over 'Obamacare' Strains Policy
    Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who has vowed to fight the new federal health care law, sent back a $31.5 million federal grant to start modernizing computer systems. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the governor is betting that the new health law will be repealed — and she worries it's not sound policy.
  • Rising Health Costs Lead Companies To Drop Part-Time Benefits
    Wal-Mart may be setting a new trend by slashing health care for part-time workers. ATC host Robert Siegel chatted with John Rother, president of the National Coalition on Health Care, about the issue.
  • In Voter ID Debate, A Few Go Against Party Lines
    In the debate over new voter ID laws, Democrats are accusing Republicans of trying to suppress votes and Republicans are accusing Democrats of condoning voter fraud. It's a sharp partisan divide, but a few people are going against the tide — and they're getting some political heat.
  • Occupy London Causes Havoc In Church Of England
    An Occupy London protest aimed at highlighting social injustice, the greed of bankers, and the incompetence of politicians has ended up causing unexpected havoc within the Church of England. Two senior clerics from St. Paul's Cathedral have resigned in a row over how to respond to the protesters, who have a camp outside the landmark church. Internal divisions arose when the cathedral authorities began legal moves to evict the campers — proceedings that they've now dropped.
  • Climate Change Has Calif. Vintners Rethinking Grapes
    Familiar French varieties aren't well-suited to high temperatures, so some researchers suggest cross-breeding to make the grapes more heat tolerant or drought-resistant. But once you breed pinot noir with something else, you can't call it pinot noir anymore. And marketing new wines is a challenge.
  • G-20 Set To Meet After Referendum Announcement
    NPR's Eric Westervelt is in Cannes, France, where the leaders of the G-20 industrialized nations are due to meet on Thursday. He's watching developments in the eurozone after Monday's surprise announcement of a referendum on the bailout deal in Greece. Robert Siegel talks to Eric for more.

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