The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Report: Obama In Line With Predecessors On Pace Of Regulation

Bloomberg dug through quite a bit of government data to answer a question that's been talked about quite a bit over the past few months: Has President Obama ushered in an era of costly business regulation? Republicans have made the claim regularly. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, said, "President Obama has vastly expanded the regulatory reach of government."

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This American Life

Ira Glass is the host of This American Life, a program which documents everyday life in this country. He and his staff present stories that are like movies for radio. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and - hopefully - moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It's surprising and fun.

The Salt
2:35 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Insect Cuisine Is All The Buzz

A customer holds up a spoon of deep-fried water bug in a restaurant in Thailand. Insects are a popular food in Thailand and many other countries around the world.

Sakchai Lalit ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 3:46 pm

Kudos to the SF Weekly for their fascinating in-depth cover story last week on bug eating. The City by the Bay has become a "hotbed of insect cuisine," David Gordon, an entomophagist (bug eater) and author of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, tells the alternative weekly.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:34 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Looking For Lung Cancer With A Yearly X-Ray Doesn't Reduce Deaths

A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.

American Cancer Society Getty Images

The drive to test healthy people for common cancers rests on the idea that finding malignancies early can trigger life-saving treatment. But the evidence that some of the tests will actually reduce mortality is sometimes lacking or is less than clear cut for the people who'll get tested.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Ex-Goldman Sachs Director Surrenders To FBI

Ex-Goldman Sachs Director Rajat Gupta surrendered to the FBI Wednesday on criminal charges of leaking inside information to the founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund. Michele Norris talks to Ilya Marritz for more.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Preview: Isaak Discusses First Experiences With Sound

We have a preview of Melissa Block's conversation with singer Chris Isaak, which airs on Thursday's program. Isaak tells Melissa about his first experiences with the sound of Sun Studio — and about the intimidation factor of recording his own versions of rock 'n' roll classics by his musical heroes Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

CBO Report Shows Top Earners Doubled Share Of Nations Income

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation's income in the past three decades. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Scott Horsley about the findings.

Politics
1:17 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Pressure Is On For House GOP Freshman To Fundraise

House Republican freshman, some of whom shown here in April, are learning that fundraising is a big part of the job.

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Last month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised almost double what its Republican counterpart took in despite that the GOP holds the majority in the House. One group of Republicans that seems to be having a tough go of it is that huge class of freshman Republicans who took 2010 by storm.

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Music
1:15 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Tom Waits: A Desperate Voice For Desperate Times

Tom Waits has just released his latest album, Bad As Me.

Jesse Dylan

Tom Waits generally sings like a psychotic carnival barker or a drunken lounge crooner. And I really mean that as a compliment.

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The Two-Way
1:13 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Calling For President's Ouster, Yemeni Women Burn Their Veils

Amid a relentless and bloody crackdown on protesters by Yemen's government, hundreds of women took to the streets today and set fire to veils traditionally worn by them. As the AP reports, this was not a protest about women's rights, instead "the act of women burning their clothing is a symbolic Bedouin tribal gesture signifying an appeal for help to tribesmen, in this case to stop the attacks on the protesters."

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