1:02pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Obama Tackles Rx Drug Shortages

President Obama is wielding a unilateral prerogative of his office – the executive order – to get something done about a worsening shortage of essential drugs.

It's a problem that earlier this month one administration official called "a dire public health situation." Many thousands of patients with cancer, life-threatening infections, cardiac disease, severe gastrointestinal disorders and many other conditions aren't able to get the drugs they need.

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1:01pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Halloween Is More Funny Than Scary In St. Louis

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At Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, student Andrew Dwoskin was handing out candy to local children during a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" event.

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

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1:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Sports

Cardinals' Manager La Russa Goes Out On Top

Days after leading his team to a 7th game win in the World Series, Tony La Russa has announced that he has retired. La Russa changed the game of baseball and is among the top managers in the Major Leagues. Over his 33-year career, he won the world series three times.

1:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Opinion

Op-Ed: 7 Billion Now, But Population Will Drop

Earth's population crossed the 7 billion mark Monday. The growing population has been the subject of doomsday scenarios, but Colum Lynch worries whether the U.S. and other wealthy countries will soon have too few citizens. He predicts the world population will decline by the end of this century.

1:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Education

How Has Student Loan Debt Shaped Your Life?

Total student loan debt in the U.S. will cross the 1 trillion dollar threshold in 2011, an amount that surpasses the nation's combined credit card debt. It affects how many students and graduates decide whether and where to go to school, what job to take, where to live and how to pay their bills.

12:45pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Hard Times: A Journey Across America

Miss. Couple Lament Loss Of The American Dream

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Norris and Janis Galatas at their home in Collinsville, Miss., with their horse, Cinnamon. The couple is struggling to make their mortgage payments.

Debbie Elliott NPR

Part of a monthlong series

The plan for Norris and Janis Galatas was that they would be settled and comfortable at middle age — paying off their bills and putting away something for the future. But now the wounded warrior and his wife are rethinking the American dream.

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12:44pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

UNESCO Votes To Make Palestine A Member

Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad Al-Malki delivers a speech at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris.

Miguel Medina AFP/Getty Images

In a controversial vote that could cost UNESCO a big chunk of its budget, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted to make a state of Palestine a full member.

The vote was 107 to 14 and included 52 abstentions.

The AP reports:

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12:33pm

Mon October 31, 2011
NPR Story

MF Global Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 pm

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NPR's business news starts with bad bets and a big bankruptcy.

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12:29pm

Mon October 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Poll: Cain And Perry Tied In Texas

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 12:56 pm

In what may be the most impressive and surprising sign of the Herman Cain phenomenon yet, the Republican presidential candidate was essentially tied with native son Gov. Rick Perry in Texas, of all places.

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll put Cain at 27 percent support and Perry, the three-term governor at 26 percent. The margin of error was plus/minus 3.46 percent.

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12:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Behind Closed Doors

Teen Sex, Videos And The Law

A 14-year-old girl in Baltimore was recently videotaped performing a sexual act on a teen boy. The tape sparked heated debates about explicit online content, teen sexuality and social media. Host Michel Martin discusses the story with Laura Sessions Stepp, author of Unhooked; Malika Saada Saar, head of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights; and Brenda Joy Bernstein, a criminal attorney in private practice. ADVISORY: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.

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