3:11pm

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

S&P Downgrades Spain's Sovereign Debt Rating

Late last night, Standard & Poor's announced it was downgrading Spain's sovereign debt rating one notch from AA to AA-minus.

The Financial Times reports:

S&P's statement said that despite "resilience" in Spain's economy this year, there were "heightened risks to Spain's growth prospects" due to high unemployment, tighter financial conditions, a high level of debt and a broader eurozone slowdown.

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3:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. Birthrate Dropped During Recession

A new report by the Pew Research Center shows that the U.S. birthrate dropped sharply during the recession. Guy Raz speaks with senior demographer Carl Haub from the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau about the correlation of America's recessions and a decrease in birthrate.

2:34pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Tuned To Yesterday #447

Tuned To Yesterday

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#447 - Crime: Whisperer "Hippity Hop" 7/22/51, Pursuit "The Mine" 3/4/52

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

1:51pm

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Two More Parts Of Alabama Immigration Law Put On Hold, Rest Upheld

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 1:52 pm

"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the parts of Alabama's immigration law that require proof of lawful residency in the U.S. and track immigration information about newly enrolled students," The Huntsville Times writes.

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1:35pm

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Turns Out Herman Cain's 'Black Walnut' Flavor Had A Limited Run

Herman Cain.

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You remember how Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain defended himself after Sarah Palin called him the "flavor of the week?"

Like his rolls-off-the tongue 9-9-9 tax overhaul plan, Cain came back with a zinger of a comeback during an interview with Jay Leno:

"I happen to believe that there's ice milk and there's Häagen-Dazs Black Walnut. Substance. That's the difference," Cain said. "I got some substance here. Okay? I'm Häagen-Dazs Black Walnut. It lasts longer than a week."

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1:07pm

Fri October 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Off With Their Wigs! Irish Judges No Longer Need To Don Horsehair

He might not be amused: Irish lawyer Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy (1819-1880).

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For first time since the 17th century, judges in Ireland no longer need to wear horsehair wigs while in court.

According to The Irish Times, the new rule won't just modernize the look of the court, it will also save the Irish government money. It has been paying about $3,000 each for wigs as new judges are appointed to the Supreme, High and Circuit courts.

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1:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Health

More Reasons To Eat Your Fruits And Veggies

In a new study, researchers from McMaster University found that in people with a certain gene that elevates heart attack risk, a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help lower the risk. Dr. Sonia Anand explains the study, and what still needs to be learned about the gene.

1:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Technology

Using DNA To Shape Nanostructures

Chemists and materials scientists are trying to learn to build ultra-small, precisely ordered structures for use in optics, electronics, and other applications. Writing in the journal Science, Chad Mirkin and colleagues describe a way to use snippets of DNA to tailor the shape and size of crystal structures, tweaking them to fit specific uses.

1:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Space

Contest Seeks To Launch Student Space Projects

The YouTube Space Lab competition is asking high school students to submit video proposals for space-based science experiments. Zahaan Bharmal, a Google executive who envisioned the competition, says that the winning entry will be performed on the International Space Station and streamed live on YouTube to the world.

1:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
NPR Story

When Politics Meets Science

In his new book, Fool Me Twice, writer Shawn Otto tells why he thinks science is under assault in America. Otto, CEO and co-founder of Science Debate 2008, also explains why his "American Science Pledge" for candidates might bring more science into political decision making.

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