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.

Top of the Hour: Some Provisions of Health Care Reform Begin, Morning Headlines

Parts of one of the most ambitious and most contested pieces of legislation in a generation begins to take effect today. Provisions of the Democrat's health care legislation start today, though much of the bill won't kick in until 2014.


Health Care Changes Go Into Effect Today

President Obama signed his historic health care reform bill into law back in March, and now, six months later, three key provisions in the bill take effect: 

  • There will no longer be a lifetime cap on health insurance.
  • Parents can now keep their child under their plan until they are 26 years old.
  • Insurance companies can no longer refuse coverage for children with pre-existing conditions.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River

Co-host Celeste Headlee is broadcasting from member station KUVO in Denver, Colorado today and tomorrow, and in southern Colorado, there’s a story that’s been brewing up a storm of opposition. The controversy starts with the work of two well-known artists: Jeanne-Claude and Christo. The pair are most famous for draping fabric over public monuments and natural landscapes, like the famous Gates Project in New York’s Central Park. Jeanne-Claude passed away this past November. Her longtime husband and collaborator is working to finish some of their last projects.  The Over the River Project is one of them.


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Visit Beautiful... Iraq?

The images we often associate with Iraq are of destruction, war and dysfunction. But one man hopes to show people another side of the country, with a lovely tour down a Kurdistan river.  

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Republicans' New Policy Agenda Revealed Today

House Republicans unveil the blueprint of their new policy agenda, to be used in the next Congress if they win back a majority in November's elections. It's the first time the GOP has released a political agenda of this nature since 1994's "Contract With America."

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Inside the Strange, Magical World of Roald Dahl

If you were a child anytime in the past fifty years, you’re likely familiar with the strange, wonderful worlds of Roald Dahl.

His children’s books – which include classics like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “The Witches” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – have been translated into dozens of languages and turned into hugely popular films.

But he also wrote some of the creepiest stories out there for adults, including “Lamb to the Slaughter,” in which a woman kills her husband with a frozen lamb chop, then cooks and feeds it to the detectives who come to investigate, and “the Smoker” – which follows a man’s attempts to claim the fingers from people’s hands through wagers.

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Top of the Hour: Shakeup at the White House, Morning Headlines

With the departures of Christine Romer and Larry Summers, and reports of infighting among his national security team over Afghanistan strategy, is President Obama having a leadership crisis?


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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Colorado: The Humor Research Capital of the World

What's so funny about Denver?

We are broadcasting today and tomorrow from our member station KUVO in Denver, Colorado, which just so happens to be the humor research capital of the world. There are academics at the University of Colorado who make it their business to figure out what makes things funny. (Tough job, but somebody's got to do it.)

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Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy

It could be the end of the brick-and-mortar video store era. Blockbuster, the world's largest movie rental company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York this morning, after a tough decade during which it failed to adapt its strategy against rivals like Netflix and Redbox. Jeanine Poggi tells us how this once revolutionary company fell so far behind.

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