2:01pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Sues Major Mortgage Broker Over Lending Fraud

In a lawsuit filed against one of the largest private mortgage brokers in the country, the United States alleges fraudulent lending practices by Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. cost the government $834 million in insurance claims paid by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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2:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Wisdom Watch

Michael Kahn On Directing Theater, Ditching Exams

Michael Kahn (right) directs Holly Twyford, Tracy Lynn Middendorf and Steven Culp in his 2011 production of Old Times.
Scott Suchman

Michael Kahn's theater passion sparked at a young age, and it has taken him to the highest ranks of classical theater. He's the former head of the drama division at New York's famed Juilliard School, has led theater companies in Connecticut and New Jersey, and has staged widely-acclaimed productions on- and off-Broadway. Now he's celebrating his 25 years as the artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. — which the London-based The Economist deemed one of the world's great Shakespearean theaters.

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1:15pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Congress Got Richer In 2010

Roll Call, a newspaper that specializes on reporting from Capitol Hill, digs through the personal financial disclosure forms of elected officials every couple of years to look at trends in the aggregate.

In its analysis of this year's data, it found that "members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total..."

Roll Call reports:

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1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Opinion

Private Meetings And Back-Room Deals Can Pay Off

In a recent piece in The New York Times, Jordan Tama argues in defense of a back-room deal for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He points to many examples throughout history when secrecy lead to success, and public forums resulted in more partisanship.

1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Health

Addiction: When You Fear It's Just A Matter Of Time

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 2:29 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Last week, a coroner's report provided the details of a verdict that everyone already knew. Singer Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. Her blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit when she was found in her London home in July.

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1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: Polygamous Marriages And Student Debt

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: It's Tuesday and time to read from your comments. Our discussion with author and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro generated a lot of responses about what it really means to be a monster. Mary in Virginia Beach, Virginia, tweeted: It helps if a monster is physically terrifying. That definitely freaks me out. And Lisa Hermenez(ph) wrote: Monsters inspire our instinctual fears. As a result, we love to hate them.

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1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Asia

Signs Of Change In Myanmar

After decades of sometimes brutal military rule, there have been recent signs of change in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The government of Myanmar has embarked on what appears to be a series of confidence-building measures that have gotten the attention of the west and the domestic opposition.

1:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Education

What's Actually Taught In Sex Ed Class

The New York City public schools recently sparked controversy with a new sex education curriculum that critics complain is too explicit. New York, and many other school districts, relies on curricula designed by outside experts. Guests talk about who decides what's included, and what's left out.

John Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He previously served for six years as the film critic.

Powers covers film and politics for Vogue and Vogue.com. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's BAZAAR, The Nation, Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times and L.A. Weekly, where he spent twelve years as a critic and columnist.

A former professor at Georgetown University, Powers is the author of Sore Winners, a study of American culture during President George W. Bush's administration.

He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Sandi Tan.

12:47pm

Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 3:05 pm

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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