Mongolians Seek Fortune In Gold, But At A Cost
A 21st-century gold rush is taking place in Mongolia. An estimated 100,000 Mongolians — many herders who have left their flocks behind — are working as informal "ninja" miners. Life is hard for them, and their work is causing untold damage to the environment.
Woman To Woman: A New Strategy In Afghanistan
New teams of female U.S. Marines are trying to converse with Afghan women. It's a daunting goal — especially deep in Taliban country. But it's worth the wait — the Marines say similar teams in Iraq helped turn Sunni Muslim communities that once backed al-Qaida.
Kabul's Neon Wedding Halls
Kabul's wedding halls are a booming business in a war-torn Afghan city. It's one place where men and women can really party.
Workers Scramble To Repair Crack In Bay Bridge
In Northern California, commuters are still waiting to hear whether the Bay Bridge will re-open tomorrow as planned. The bridge connects San Francisco to its eastern neighbors, including Oakland and Berkeley. The bridge was shut down over the weekend for repairs but then a major problem was discovered that could delay the re-opening. From member station KQED, Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Study: Heartburn Drugs Can Cause More Heartburn
Nearly 5 percent of Americans are taking drugs to treat heartburn and acid reflux. A recent study gave the drugs to people who didn't have stomach problems to begin with. Nearly half developed "rebound" acid reflux after taking the drugs for 12 weeks.
What Doctors Are Telling Patients About HPV Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that girls around the age of 11 get the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine to protect them against strains of virus that can cause cervical cancer. The idea is to get them vaccinated before they become sexually active and possibly infected with HPV. But some research shows that doctors aren't advising their patients to get the vaccine — at least not until they are briefed on the research.
What Happens When GM Closes A Plant
"The Last Truck", a new documentary about the closing of a General Motors plant in Moraine Ohio will air tonight on HBO. Renee Montagne talks with filmmaker Steve Bognar and former auto worker Kate Geiger about the film.
Obama Prepares For Crucial Health Care Speech
The president plans to attend an AFL-CIO picnic Monday in Cincinnati, Ohio, to rally support for his health care plans. The speech comes two days ahead of his address to a rare, joint session of Congress in what the White House is calling the "kickoff" to a final round of health care negotiations.
Planet Money: The Financial Crisis One Year Later
Panic and dread spread around the globe exactly one year ago today as what seemed like a pretty isolated American problem — the subprime mortgage meltdown — morphed into a full-fledged global crisis. It was the day that the government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And by a quirk of fate, it was the day that Planet Money produced its first podcast. Renee Montagne talks with Adam Davidson.