4:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Environment

In A Shift From 2008 Race, Obama's Hush On Climate

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:57 pm

A boat skims through the melting ice in the Ilulissat fiord, on the western coast of Greenland, in 2008. The glacier is the most active in the Northern Hemisphere, producing 10 percent of Greenland's icebergs, or some 20 million tons of ice per day. But experts say the glacier is in bad shape because of climate change.
Steen Ulrik Johannessen AFP/Getty Images

This story is part of a two-part series about the presidential candidates' climate policies. Click Here For The Story About Mitt Romney

Both presidential candidates have all but ignored climate change during this election season. Mitt Romney would not make it a priority if he were president.

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4:51pm

Thu October 25, 2012
U.S.

Assisted Suicide Goes To Vote In Massachusetts

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:09 pm

John Kelly and Dr. Marcia Angell are advocates on opposite sides of the issue of physician-assisted suicide.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Two states, Oregon and Washington, have legalized physician-assisted suicide through voter-approved ballot initiatives. Massachusetts will become the third if voters approve the so-called Death With Dignity ballot question. The measure would let terminally ill patients with six months or less to live get a lethal prescription. The outcome of that vote could change the landscape for legalized suicide nationwide.

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4:39pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Shots - Health News

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Medicare And Medicaid Face Uncertain Budget Futures

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:02 pm

Two new studies and a proposed class action lawsuit settlement all have the potential to change dollar signs as lawmakers address the impending fiscal cliff.
iStockphoto.com

No matter who wins the election on Nov. 6, official Washington will have to deal with something called the "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year.

What's coming is a perfect storm of expiring tax cuts, scheduled budget cuts, and various other spending changes scheduled to take place Jan. 1 unless Congress and President Obama (who no matter what will still be president until next Jan. 20) agree on a way to avert them.

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4:33pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Tax-Exempt Crossroads GPS Airs First Direct 'Vote Mitt Romney' Ad

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:02 pm

4:04pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

On Saturn, Cassini Observes Huge Storm, Causing Incredible Temperature Spike

These red, orange and green clouds (false color) in Saturn's northern hemisphere indicate the tail end of the massive 2010-2011 storm. Even after visible signs of the storm started to fade, infrared measurements continued to reveal powerful effects at work in Saturn's stratosphere.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

"Frankenstorm" may be drawing the attention of meteorologists here on Earth.

But NASA scientists using the Cassini spacecraft have witnessed a rare massive storm on Saturn that was so violent it sent the temperature in the planet's stratosphere soaring to 150 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.

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3:50pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Environment

On Climate Policy, Romney Walks A Tightrope

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:51 pm

A general view of the Aletsch Glacier on April 21, 2007, near Brig, Switzerland, the largest glacier in the Alps. Unseasonably warm weather with temperatures up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit across Switzerland let snow melt, even at Alpine altitudes.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

This story is part of a two-part series about the presidential candidates' climate policies. Click Here For The Story About President Obama

Neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change during their three debates — in fact, the issue is nearly absent from the entire campaign. That's because the issue poses challenges for each candidate.

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3:39pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Salt

Beef Heart: An Unexpected Meal That Spans Generations

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:43 pm

The Bristol's Beef Heart
Jody Eddy

Beef heart — it's what's for dinner! Well, if you're not a vegetarian. Stick with us on this.

All Things Considered is launching a Found Recipe series Thursday, asking cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers to tell us about the dishes that surprise and delight. These are recipes stumbled upon or created by accident or by necessity.

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3:23pm

Thu October 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock holds a news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis to address his comments about rape and abortion.
Michael Conroy AP

The enthusiasm with which Democrats seized upon Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's philosophizing about God's plan for unborn children of women impregnated by rape may have suggested the Indiana Republican's election chances had just ended.

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3:17pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Music Interviews

Gary Clark Jr.: A Blues Wunderkind Grows Up, Breaks Out

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:05 am

Gary Clark Jr.'s new album is called Blak and Blu.
Frank Maddocks Courtesy of the artist

3:13pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Africa

In A Tanzanian Village, Elephant Poachers Thrive

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:16 pm

Poaching is rife in Tanzania game reserves. This elephant was killed, and its tusks taken, at the Lake Chala Safari Camp, a small, private reserve near Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania.
John Burnett NPR

An insatiable demand for ivory in Asia is fueling a massive slaughter of elephants across Africa. As NPR's John Burnett reports, one of the worst poaching hot spots is Tanzania. In this story, he visits an ivory poacher's town that sits next to a major game reserve.

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