Ang Lee finds comedy at Woodstock Oscar-winning director Ang Lee reinvents himself once more with a comedy opening this week called "Taking Woodstock." The film examines the pivotal 1960s concert through the eyes of the people in the small town which hosted the event.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Health Care Debate, Fear Trumps Logic
Every effort to remake America's health care system since the 1930s has been scuttled by the same technique — scaring the public. The opponents have been different, ranging from the AMA to the insurance industry to conservative ideologues. But the playbook has remained the same. In this 1993 television commercial (above), a couple named Harry and Louise helped sow seeds of doubt in the public about how changes to health care would affect them.
Armey Encourages Good Manners At Town Halls
In the 1990s, Dick Armey was a leading Republican congressman who opposed changes to health care proposed by the Clinton administration. He is now chairman of the private conservative group FreedomWorks, and explains to Steve Inskeep what he's doing to influence the current debate on overhauling health care.
Regional Leaders Blast Colombia Over U.S. Alliance
The United States and Colombia have reached agreement on a plan that will give the U.S. greater access to seven military bases in Colombia. Washington says it's part of the effort to battle drug traffickers and leftist rebels. But across Latin America, some believe the U.S. is strengthening its presence in the area to threaten and possibly unseat regional leaders.
Daikon: Unearthing The Radish With Soul
You may have noticed a vegetable at your local farmers market that looks kind of like an albino carrot on steroids. It's a daikon radish. Kazu Yoshimoto, who runs a daikon farm in Massachusetts, says that unlike regular radishes, daikon has kick.
Warner: Discussion Must Include End-Of-Life Care
Some of the hottest debate over health care this summer has been about end-of-life care. Critics warn of "Death Panels" that would decide who gets life saving treatment. President Obama and others counter that claim is baseless. In Virginia Thursday, Democratic Senator Mark Warner held a town hall meeting designed to specifically address end-of-life issues.
Renewable Energy Needs Land, Lots Of Land
Pending climate and energy legislation puts a lot of stock — and money — into switching from fossil fuels, like coal and oil, to renewable energy such as wind, solar and ethanol. But some new analysis by environmental experts shows that alternative energy comes with some stiff penalties. For example: Energy Sprawl.
Efficiency, Reduced Consumption Should Be Focus
Not everyone is sold on alternative fuels as the solution to energy problems. Time magazine senior correspondent Michael Grunwald is a skeptic when it comes to renewable fuels. He tells Steve Inskeep instead of emphasizing alternative energy sources, the U.S. should focus on boosting efficiency and reducing consumption.
Calif. Insurance Commissioner Vows To Stop Sale
Officials in California are trying to sell assets from the state's workers' compensation fund. They hope to raise $1 billion. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is fighting the idea. He told the Los Angeles Times the sale is "bad politics; it's illegal, and I'm going to stop it."
Bargains: Calif. Holds Giant 2-Day Garage Sale
California is holding one of its periodic garage sales to sell off surplus state equipment and supplies. The one that starts Friday promises to be one of the biggest, as the state scrambles to replenish its coffers. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed the visors of 15 state cars for sale.
As Fees Climb, Carry-On Bags Get Crammed Full
Several airlines are raising baggage fees. Most passengers on U.S Airways and American will pay at least $20 to check a bag on a domestic flight. That's a $5 increase. Several carriers also are beginning to charge for checked bags on some international flights. As fees for checked luggage go up, there are concerns that passengers are over-stuffing their carry-on bags.