4:58pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Care In America: Follow The Money

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 9:25 pm

Julia Ro / NPR

The Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act next week, and NPR will be exploring the questions surrounding health care in America beforehand. Many of the publicly debated issues in the act hinge on money. How much is spent on our health? Who spends it? How?

Some know how much we pay for our own medical care, but many aren't aware of how immense an industry health care is in the U.S. Our trips to the doctor employ a lot of people, and our schools play an important role in preparing those people to take care of us.

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4:06pm

Mon March 19, 2012
All Tech Considered

Flush With Cash, Apple's Gains Show Few Signs Of Slowing

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:39 pm

Customers talk with Apple employees, in blue, inside a San Francisco Apple store on Friday, the first day of the launch of the new iPad.
Paul Sakuma AP

At the end of 2011, Apple had a very enviable problem. It's not too many companies that have more cash than they know what to do with, and for the electronics giant, that amounted to nearly $100 billion burning a hole in its pocket.

So it certainly pleased current and potential investors when Apple announced that, for the first time since the mid-1990s, the company will start paying a dividend.

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Tom Banse covers business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be heard during "Morning Edition," "Weekday," and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

3:44pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#532 - Adventure: Suspense "The Wreck Of The Maid Of Athens" 11/30/53, Escape "Night Of The Guns" 

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:41pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#531 - True History: Mr. President "John Adams" 5/8/49, The American Trail "Dispatch From NY" 2/6/53

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:41pm

Mon March 19, 2012
All Tech Considered

Digital Technologies Give Dying Languages New Life

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 8:45 pm

In an undated photo, members of the Siletz tribe gather for the Siletz Feather Dance in Newport, Ore. The tribe is using digital tools to help preserve its native language.
Courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

There are some 7,000 spoken languages in the world, and linguists project that as many as half may disappear by the end of the century. That works out to one language going extinct about every two weeks. Now, digital technology is coming to the rescue of some of those ancient tongues.

Members of the Native American Siletz tribe in Oregon say their native language, also called "Siletz," "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Siletz Tribal Council Vice Chairman Bud Lane is one of them.

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3:40pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

One Nation, Two Health Care Extremes

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 10:59 am

A patient waits for a room to open up in the emergency room of Houston's Ben Taub General Hospital on July 27, 2009. Nationwide, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

The U.S. spent $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010 — more than the entire economy of France or Britain. But the amount spent and how it's used varies from state to state.

And no two states are more different than Texas and Massachusetts. At 25 percent, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation. Massachusetts, where a 2006 law made coverage mandatory, has the lowest rate — fewer than 2 percent of people are uninsured.

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3:37pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#530 - Crime: Screen Director's Playhouse "The Killers" 6/25/49, Suspense "Girl In The Powder Blue Jag" 8/28/60

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:33pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#529 - Western: Gunsmoke "The Bear" 1/16/54, Have Gun, Will Travel "The Colonel In The Lady" 4/12/59

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

3:30pm

Mon March 19, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned To Yesterday

#528 - Romance: Harold Lloyd Comedy Theater "Take A Letter, Darling" 12/3/44, Romance "Zeea's Dream" 2/19/55

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier. 

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