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4:40pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Broken Is The U.S. Health Care System? Let's Count The Ways

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:29 pm

Complaints about disorganized health care are rampant.
IOM

Just about everybody who's ever needed health care in this country has seen firsthand the problems that make our system inefficient, costly and often downright unsatisfying.

The nonpartisan Institute of Medicine just put out a 450-page report about the problems along with some ideas for improvements.

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4:31pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Presidential Race

A Few 'Baloney' Facts In Biden, Obama's Speeches

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

Melissa Block talks to Robert Farley, deputy managing editor of FactCheck.org, to truth squad some of the comments made Thursday night by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

4:31pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama, Romney Spin New Jobs Report Differently

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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4:21pm

Fri September 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Road Will Inaugurate 85 MPH Speed Limit, Nation's Highest

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

The highest speed limit in America will be officially unveiled in November, when drivers on one portion of a Texas highway will be allowed to reach 85 mph without keeping an eye out for police cars and speed cameras.

As Transportation Nation reports, the new speed limit allows drivers to "legally drive faster than hurricane force winds."

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3:06pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Planet Money

The Economics Of Stealing Bikes

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

The normal bike market is pretty straightforward — supplier, middleman and buyer. The market for stolen bikes has the same roles, but different players. Here's a quick look at how it works.

The Supplier

The supplier, instead of Schwinn or Cannondale, is the bike thief.

Hal Ruzzal, a bike mechanic at Bicycle Habitat in Manhattan, describes two types of thieves.

Thief Type 1: "Your standard drug addict."

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3:02pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Summer Nights: Funtown

A Slamming Good Time On The Jersey Shore

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 6:31 pm

Keith Van Brunt (left) and Tom Mgerack, known as the "Bumper Car Psychos," go for a ride July 27 at the Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg, N.J.
Elise Hu NPR

The "Bumper Car Psychos" are easy to spot. While the other bumper cars at New Jersey's Keansburg Amusement Park spin wildly from one collision to the next, the Psychos cruise gracefully around the track, grinning from ear to ear as they slam their targets into the wall.

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2:59pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Sports

A Year After War Wound, Vet Wins Paralympic Gold

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:06 pm

Lt. Brad Snyder mounts the starting blocks while training on his starting technique. Snyder was permanently blinded last year by an IED in Afghanistan, and is now competing in the Paralympics in London.
David Gilkey NPR

The first thing you need to know about Navy Lt. Brad Snyder is that he's a bit intense.

If you go to the U.S. Naval Academy, swim competitively, and make the cut for the Navy's elite bomb-disposal squad, you're probably going to be the competitive type.

"Crossfit, surfing, biking, running, swimming, you name it I'm into it. Rock climbing," says Snyder.

The second thing you should know is that Snyder plans to continue doing all these things — even though he's now blind.

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2:30pm

Fri September 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Deflating Jobs Report May Not Move The Needle On The Election

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 2:52 pm

President Obama spoke at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

It wasn't what President Obama was hoping for: another disappointing jobs report the morning after he accepted the Democratic nomination and asked Americans to stay the course.

The U.S. economy added just 96,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department, and a drop in the unemployment rate to 8.1 percent was mostly due to people giving up on job searches.

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2:30pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

'American Pie' And The Box Of Records A Father Left Behind

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

Mel Fisher Ostrowski played Don McLean's American Pie until she "learned every word."
Courtesy of the artist

This summer, All Things Considered has asked listeners and guests to share a personal memory of one song discovered through their parents' record collection.

NPR listener Mel Fisher Ostrowski wrote in to tell us about how Don McLean's "American Pie" helped her "bridge a gap between my long-deceased father and baby boy." Hear the radio version at the audio link above — and read a lightly edited version of Ostrowski's original letter to NPR below.

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2:04pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Book Reviews

Safe Landing For 'Stag's Leap'?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

What do you do when, after 30 years, your husband tells you he is leaving you for someone else? If you're poet Sharon Olds, you grab your spiral-bound notebook and write about it. And though the marriage ended in 1997, she has waited 15 years to tell us about it — half as long as her marriage lasted.

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1:55pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Music Interviews

Fresh Air Remembers Grammy Winner Hal David

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:23 pm

Burt Bacharach with Hal David (right).
Lawrence Lucier Getty Images

1:24pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Asia

Little Islands Are Big Trouble In The South China Sea

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:40 pm

Last month, Japanese police officers arrested activists holding Chinese and Taiwanese flags who landed on Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku (in Japanese), which is known as Diaoyu in Chinese.
Masataka Morita AP

A storm has been brewing for decades in the South China Sea, and it has nothing to do with the weather.

Instead, it's a virtual typhoon of competing claims over tiny, uninhabited island chains that ring the South China Sea and reach even farther north. They all have one thing in common: China has claimed control of them.

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1:21pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Bachelorette' Sounds Dark Comedic Depths

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:55 pm

Party Animals: Lizzy Caplan (from left), Isla Fisher and Kirsten Dunst play the brazen bridesmaids who make trouble for bride-to-be Becky (Rebel Wilson) in Bachelorette.
Radius-TWC

Long before Bridesmaids convinced studio executives that a raunchy, female-centric comedy could find a huge audience, Leslye Headland was busy adapting her play Bachelorette into a movie. So this isn't a copycat rom-com, but the themes do overlap. Each film turns on a female rivalry: In Bridesmaids, it's between the maid of honor, Kristen Wiig, and the bride's rich friend, played by Rose Byrne. In Bachelorette, the rivalry is more complicated, more ... ugly. It's between the three, 30-ish, unmarried central characters and the bride.

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12:27pm

Fri September 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Suspect Charged In 'Air Hoax,' And Victim Arrested On Unrelated Charges

The US Air flight that was forced to return to Philadelphia on Thursday because of the hoax.
Clem Murray MCT /Landov

File this under "you think you had a bad day?" and "that was a really dumb idea."

First, a plane headed from Philadelphia to Texas is turned around Thursday because someone called authorities to say a passenger was carrying a "liquid explosive."

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12:12pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Election 2012

The 7 Coolest Presidents In American History

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:34 pm

President George W. Bush dances with members of the KanKouran West African Dance Company during a Rose Garden event to mark Malaria Awareness Day at the White House on April 25, 2007.
Alex Wong Getty Images

When former President Bill Clinton referred to present President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention as "cool on the outside," Clinton was underscoring the notion that Obama is, well, cool.

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