4:20am

Wed October 3, 2012
History

Wikipedia Politicizes Landmark Historical Event

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When President Obama and Mitt Romney debate tonight, many people will ask if their claims are true. Each one has already been asking that about the other side.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They will try to distract you and sometimes - how do I put this nicely? They will just fib.

MITT ROMNEY: The president tends to - how shall I say it? - say things that aren't true.

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4:02am

Wed October 3, 2012
First And Main

Voices From First And Main: What Matters To Swing-State Voters

Becky Lettenberger and John W. Poole NPR

In the run-up to the presidential election, Morning Edition visited communities in swing states — in fact, in swing counties — that are predictably unpredictable when it comes to voting. We wanted to hear from voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year.

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Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Triââ

3:37am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Dings Hospitals For Too Many Repeat Customers

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

Denver Health has a network of clinics to keep track of patients discharged from its hospital.
Denver Health

A paradox of American health care is that hospitals are sometimes rewarded for doing things badly.

Patients who are discharged, for example, shouldn't have to come right back because they got worse after getting home. But if they do come back, hospitals benefit because they can fill an empty bed and bill for more care.

The federal government says, in fact, that Medicare alone pays $17.4 billion a year for unnecessary return visits.

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3:35am

Wed October 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

Calif. Greenlights Self-Driving Cars, But Legal Kinks Linger

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:56 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown (front left) rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 25.
Eric Risberg AP

3:34am

Wed October 3, 2012
James Bond At 50

The Sound Of James Bond: Vic Flick's Surf Guitar

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 1:36 pm

The 007 theme is one of the most famous themes in movie history. The infamous guitar riff that gives the theme its secret agent feel was performed by Vic Flick, who spoke to Morning Edition about the day he played it, 50 years ago.

In 1962, Flick was a 25-year-old studio guitarist who was asked to help give the James Bond theme more of a punch. Composer Monty Norman, who wrote the theme, was scrambling to complete the score for the first Bond movie, Dr. No. He'd scratched out a rough draft of the theme, but Flick says it fell a little flat.

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3:33am

Wed October 3, 2012
Science

How Politicians Get Away With Dodging The Question

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

In a 2004 debate in St. Louis, President Bush answers a question as his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, listens. Both candidates used a number of "pivots" in their debates.
Ron Edmonds AP

3:32am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When New Diseases Emerge, Experts Are Faster On The Uptake

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 12:37 pm

A railway worker wearing protective clothing to ward off the SARS virus controls a line of travelers as they wait to enter Beijing's West Railway Station Tuesday in 2003.
Greg Baker AP

Scientists have recently discovered three new human viruses.

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3:26am

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Colorado Voters Get Revved Up Over Energy Policy

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 8:17 pm

Beer is processed at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colo. The brewery has embraced sustainability, making efforts to produce some of its own energy.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

The presidential debates are expected to cover a wide range of topics, from the economy to foreign policy to health care. Wednesday night's debate will focus on domestic policy — and one topic that's likely to come up is energy.

It's a subject that is certainly on the minds of voters in Larimer County, Colo. Last week, in a rural area outside Fort Collins, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan held a campaign event in a warehouse at Walker Mowers, a family-owned manufacturer of lawn mowers and tractors.

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3:25am

Wed October 3, 2012
The Salt

In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:57 pm

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, Wash., carries a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.

This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing.

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