Will health care reform help keep people healthy? Public health experts argue that one of the best ways to lower America's health care bills is to keep people from getting sick in the first place. The health care reform bills being debated in Congress take some steps toward doing that.7:40 a.m.
Prices wars worry independent booksellers With Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com slashing book prices below wholesale levels, independent bookstore owners worry customers will expect them to follow suit.8:40 a.m.
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China Reveals Goals To Cut Carbon Emissions
The Chinese government has announced plans to slow its greenhouse gas emissions, but the formula allows emissions to rise as China's economy expands. China already leads the world in greenhouse gases. The announcement raises questions of how effective the plan will be on cleaning up earth's atmosphere.
Climate Change Is Victim Of 'Tragedy Of The Commons'
One reason it is so hard to slash carbon emissions is that climate change occurs globally. The countries that produce the most greenhouse gas all need to take action to fix the problem. That raises a classic economic dilemma called the tragedy of the commons.
WTC Provides Back Story For Colum McCann's 'Spin'
McCann's novel, Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award. He tells Steve Inskeep that his book — set in New York on the day a man walked on a tight-rope between the towers of the World Trade Center — is an attempt to reconstruct an event to find moments of grace and understanding in history.
Go Ahead, Sing Along: When Television Is Karaoke
Half a million people have bought the TV show Glee's version of Journey's song "Don't Stop Believing." The show's winning formula is to transform an original song without its reeking of a knockoff.
Swiss Voters To Decide Whether To Ban New Minarets
Switzerland holds a referendum on Sunday to decide whether to amend the country's constitution to ban the construction of minarets. Those are the slender towers attached to most mosques that are traditionally used to make or broadcast the Muslim call to prayer. The far right Swiss People's Party claims the minarets symbolize a politicized Islam. Opponents say the measure is a thinly veiled attack against the country's law-abiding Muslim citizens.
Move Over Manischewitz, Israeli Wines Gain Acclaim
The wineries of Israel are gaining global acclaim for their quality product, giving kosher wines a vintage reputation. But many of the finest wines come from vineyards in territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.
Dubai Fallout Sends Stock Markets Lower
International stock markets are down Friday. Asian stock markets plummeted nearly 5 percent as fears mount over the fallout from Dubai's massive debt problems. Investors have cut back their riskier bets on equities and commodities.
An Investment In Warhol May Hold Its Value
A painting by the late pop artist Andy Warhol of 200 $1 bills, recently sold for $44 million. That's one of the highest prices ever paid for one of his paintings. Art writer Sarah Thornton has been exploring why works by Warhol maintain such high prices — his continued fame is one reason. She talks to Steve Inskeep about her article in The Economist.
Pumpkin Shortage May Cut Down On Dessert Seconds
That slice of pumpkin pie you enjoyed on Thanksgiving could be the last you'll see for awhile. Distributors are warning that this year's poor pumpkin crop means that canned filling is in short supply. You may need to diversify your pie plans for the rest of the holiday season.
'Black Friday' Buyers Focus On Bargains
The nation's biggest retailers began gearing up for the busy post-Thanksgiving shopping day months ago. The Conference Board predicts U.S. households will spend about 7 percent less on gifts this season than last year. At a Target store in Maryland, some shoppers were up early looking for specific items.