Tanning bed tax aims to curb health costs Starting this July, people who visit tanning salons will be taxed an additional ten percent every time they buy a session, which has re-sparked the debate over the health costs that come with that golden tan.5:19 p.m.
A Primer On Nuclear Material
Robert Siegel gets a primer on nuclear material and storage from Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies who served as a senior policy adviser to the Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration.
Track Dedicated To Mayor Of Central Park
Anyone who walked or ran on the famous Central Park Reservoir running track in New York would see him. They called him the Mayor of Central Park, and he claimed to be the first person to jog around the reservoir when there was just a little path. Since 1937, Alberto Arroyo was there every day, and when he retired he was often there the entire day, waving and saying hello to everyone. When he couldn't run, he walked. Then he used a cane, then a walker, and finally, after a stroke, a wheelchair. Arroyo died last month at 94.
Lawmakers Gird For Fight On Financial Overhaul Bill
The long-awaited overhaul of financial regulations is set to hit the Senate floor in a matter of weeks, and both sides are hunkering down to strategize — while planning to meet with the president Wednesday. Republicans cannot agree on an alternative plan. They want to oppose the Democrats' bill while not appearing too cozy with Wall Street in an election year. Liberals aren't interested in making the kind of concessions they did on health care. They're daring Republicans to stage a public battle over bank regulation.
Confusion Over Insurance Changeover For Congress
Among the Americans whose health insurance arrangements will definitely be changed by the new health care law are members of Congress themselves. The law stipulates that lawmakers and some members of their staffs enroll in new health insurance exchanges. But an apparent drafting error in the law makes it unclear when that transition is supposed to occur.
Leading Figure In Labor Movement To Step Down
Labor leader Andrew Stern is stepping down as president of the Service Employees International Union. Stern positioned himself as the voice of new labor — more political, more pragmatic, and representing younger, low-wage workers. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with Michele Norris about Stern's role in the labor movement and what his departure means.
Biotech Crops Are Good For Earth, Report Finds
The use of genetically engineered crops leads to reduced fertilizer use and helps farmers conserve soil, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council has found. The committee says society as a whole could benefit if future crops were engineered to use less fertilizer and to be more resilient to climate change.
DNA On Envelopes Identifies World War II Sailor
Gerald Lehman is going home to Michigan, 68 years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor. The young sailor's remains were thought to be among the hundreds trapped under the water when the USS Oklahoma was torpedoed. But his remains were recovered and buried with the remains of four other "unknowns." Lehman's remains were finally identified by using DNA collected from the letters he sent home — Lehman had licked the envelopes to seal them. Michele Norris talks with Peggy Germain, Gerald Lehman's niece.
For Japanese Women, The Past Is The Latest Fad
Japan's reki-jo, or "history girls," love learning about shoguns' castles and samurai battles, and they idolize historical figures like rock stars. Some observers believe this is more than just a trend: The reki-jo subculture signals a kind of empowerment.
Icelandic Financial Report Takes Center Stage
A report issued by a special investigative commission of Iceland's parliament found that the county's leading politicians, bankers and regulators acted with "extreme negligence" in the lead-up to the country's 2008 economic collapse. Host Robert Siegel talks to Magnus Geir Thordarson, artistic director of the Reykjavik City Theatre, about staging a reading of the commission's 2,300-page report.