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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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  • Insurance Executive: Overhaul May Bring Disruptions
    Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of American's Health Insurance Plans, talks with Robert Siegel about her industry's concerns regarding the Senate health care bill. She says without cost controls, health care will be less affordable for millions of Americans and small businesses. She also says new regulations may cause disruptions for current policyholders.
  • Workers Union: Health Care Bill Disappoints
    Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, says the Senate health care bill is a step in the right direction, although not without disappointments. Stern, who represents 2.2 million members of the largest health care union in the country, tells Robert Siegel how the union plans to fight for more affordable health care for working families and for more insurance reforms.
  • Pondering Senate Democrats' Filibuster Strategy
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr seeks to understand why Democrats refuse to invoke the so-called "nuclear option" to prevent filibusters in the Senate.
  • Teaching Black Women To Embrace Breast-Feeding
    American mothers as a whole do not breast-feed their babies as much as medical professionals would like. Health experts say African-American moms are less likely to nurse than whites and Hispanics. The federal government, some hospitals and nonprofits are trying different strategies to close the breast-feeding gap among black women.
  • Is Endless Health Care Debate Making You Sick?
    Commentator Andrei Codrescu has been listening to and watching coverage of the health care debate, and it's making him sick.
  • Manure, Fertilizer Part Of Chesapeake's Problem
    The federal government has been fighting pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary, for 25 years. But harmful nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus, continue to flow into its waters — and they're often traced to nearby fertilizer- and manure-laden farms.
  • 'Locksporters' Pick Locks For Fun
    Schuyler Towne, one of the fastest lock pickers in the world, says his fellow "locksporters" are guided by a strict code of ethics: Never pick a lock you don't own, or one that's in regular use. But critics take issue with a sport that glorifies skills associated with breaking and entering.
  • Beware, Zombies: This 'Guide' Will Save Humankind
    Essayist Jake Halpern may be a 33-year-old man with a wife, kids and a job at Yale, but that doesn't mean he's no fun and games. When it comes to zombies, Halpern knows you can't take the living dead lightly — and that's why he's endorsing the ultimate zombie survival guide.
  • 'The Help' Author Says Criticism Makes Her 'Cringe'
    Kathryn Stockett's first novel, The Help, has become a New York Times best-seller — and it has its readers buzzing about its racial themes. She says the book is not autobiographical, even though she was raised in Mississippi with a black maid. But Stockett says criticism over how she characterizes the black maids makes her "cringe."
  • Obama Defends Health Bill Against Attacks From Left
    In an interview with NPR, the president said that those from the left of his party who criticize the bill are ignoring the "real human reality that this will help millions of people."

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