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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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  • Putting A Price On Emissions Presents Challenges
    At the climate conference in Copenhagen, all the talk is over how to reduce carbon emissions. For economists, the problem boils down to one thing — putting a price on carbon emissions. Generally, placing a price on a commodity — corn or soy or a car — is a fairly easy matter. But putting a price on carbon presents particular challenges.
  • Climate Envoy: China, India Remain Stumbling Blocks
    The point of the climate negotiations is to replace the 1997 Kyoto climate treaty. The U.S. never ratified that treaty, because it doesn't require rapidly industrializing countries such as China to cut emissions. The head of the American negotiating team in Copenhagen, Todd Stern, tells NPR's Richard Harris that China and India's reluctance to make binding commitments remains a stumbling block.
  • Report: Cause Of Air France Crash Remains Unknown
    Melissa Block talks to Matt Wald, aviation reporter for The New York Times, about France's reopening of the search for the black box of the Air France flight that crashed off Brazil's coast in June. French authorities also released a report Thursday detailing changes they'd like to see made to airplanes to make black boxes easier to find in the future.
  • Mexican Drug Kingpin Slain In Firefight
    In a dramatic two-hour gun battle, Mexican troops shot dead one of the nation's most powerful drug kingpins, Arturo Beltran Leyva. This is the biggest victory yet in President Felipe Calderon's war on drug traffickers.
  • Oklahoma Abortion Law 'Invasive,' Critics Say
    A new Oklahoma law requires any woman seeking an abortion to first answer dozens of personal questions — information that would be posted on a state Web site. Abortion rights advocates, who are challenging the law in court, say it would have a chilling effect on women considering the procedure.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis: 'Nine' Lives, One Way Of Living
    In his new film Nine, the world-famous actor plays a world-famous filmmaker. He joins host Robert Siegel to talk shop about singing and acting — and why he thinks it's strange that anyone thinks it's strange when he throws himself body and soul into preparing for a part.
  • Letters: 'French Elvis,' Nuclear Energy
    Listeners respond to stories about the "French Elvis" Johnny Hallyday, and France's nuclear energy program. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Tiger's Legacy? He's An Athlete, Not An Angel
    Commentator Daniel Schorr reminds us of something we too often forget: Above all, we admire athletes because of their athletic ability. Tiger Woods may have committed a moral crime, but the man isn't an angel. He's a golfer.
  • A Traditional Jazz Christmas, An Unlikely Source
    The jazz composer Carla Bley doesn't celebrate Christmas, and left the church behind as a teenager. But you wouldn't know it from her new album, which sets her favorite Christmas carols — traditional and original — to her edgy writing style.
  • Galbraith Denies Promoting Plan To Remove Karzai
    Peter Galbraith, who was the No. 2 United Nations diplomat in Afghanistan earlier this year, tried to have President Hamid Karzai removed from office, according to U.N. officials cited in The New York Times. The move came after widespread allegations of fraud in the elections that kept Karzai in office. Karzai was reportedly incensed when he learned about Galbraith's plan. The U.S. government was, and is, strongly opposed to any effort to remove Karzai by extra-constitutional means. Galbraith, who has been fired, denies that he actively promoted the plan, while acknowledging that he did discuss it.

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