Health Care Reform Takes Effect; WH Staff Changes; GOP 'Pledge to America'; Roald Dahl; Analyzing Humor

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Humor: it's a very subjective thing. (Taro Taylor/flickr)

Three key provisions of health care reform take effect today; artist Christo on his latest project; an unlikely eco-tourist campaign along the Iran/Iraq border; GOP releases its "Pledge to America"; the weird world of author Roald Dahl; staff changes in the Obama White House; "S!@T My Dad Says"; voters recalling unpopular local politicians; Titanic mistakes and human error; analyzing why humor works. Celeste Headlee hosts from KUVO, in Denver.

Changes in Advisors and White House Staff

Soon, there will be several changes at the top levels of the Obama administration. Following the November elections, the White House’s top economic advisor, Larry Summers, will return to his position as a professor at Harvard University; Herbert Allison also announced he would step down as the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial stability. Perhaps less surprising is the much rumored, though finally announced, departure of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in October.

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S#&! His Dad Says: Justin Halpern on his Twitter feed, Best Selling Memoir and William Shatner

Tonight is the premier of CBS's new comedy, "S#&! My Dad Says," starring William Shatner. His character was inspired by a real life curmudgeon named Sam Halpern. Millions of Americans found their sides splitting while they read his crass and hilarious quips on his son Justin Halpern's Twitter feed. The feed became so popular, Halpern scored a book deal, which shot to the New York Times bestseller list.

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Frustrated With Politicians, Impatient Voters Mount Recall Campaigns

Many voters, frustrated with their current elected officials, have decided to take action well ahead of election day. In cities and towns across America, constituents are calling for recall elections—efforts to oust their elected officials from office in the middle of their terms.

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A Titanic Blunder

Louise Patton, the granddaughter of the only surviving officer from the Titanic, has written a book revealing the secret her grandfather took to his grave: The Titanic rammed into that iceberg because of one human error.

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