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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Photo from SIGAR Inspection Report on Forwarding Operating Base Salerno Incinerators and Open-Air Burn Pit. (flickr)

Why Some Americans' Health Insurance Policies Are Being Cancelled Under the ACA| NSA program taps Yahoo, Google data centers | Burn Pits Leave Lasting Mark on Soldiers | Obama Nominee for Appellate Court Sparks Debate in Senate | Yes, Your School is Watching You | R.L. Stine On the Role of Fear for Children

Why Some Americans' Health Insurance Policies Are Being Cancelled Under the ACA

The latest issue in the ACA's rocky debut: more and more individuals are receiving letters from their insurers warning that their policy will be cancelled at the end of this year, despite promises from the Administration that individual insurance plans in place when the President signed the ACA would be "grandfathered in." Julie Appleby, a reporter for Kaiser Health News, and Heather Goldwater, an entrepreneur and new mother whose insurance policy is soon to be cancelled, join us to discuss whether the President’s rhetoric stands up to reality.

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Report: NSA's MUSCULAR program taps Yahoo, Google data centers

The latest revelations from NSA leaker Edwards Snowden about the agency's surveillance practices involve a program called MUSCULAR. By tapping into the data centers that connect Yahoo and Google to users around the world, the program gave the NSA secret access to millions of digital records about who sent or received emails and when. Stewart Baker, former general counsel to the NSA, says that American citizens should be relieved by how closely the agency is tracking potential threats in order to maintain security.

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Burn Pits Leave Lasting Mark on Soldiers' Health

For some time now, doctors have seen an alarming number of veterans return from the front lines with respiratory diseases and rare forms of cancer-- and it may have to do with the way the military is getting rid of its garbage. Congressman Tim Bishop, a Democrat from New York, is one of the legislators behind a bipartisan effort to regulate the military's use of burn pits. Katie Drummond, science editor for the news site The Verge, recently investigated how these burn pits have made soldiers sick and how the Department of Defense and the VA are doing little to help them.

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Listeners Recall Their Scariest Moments

From living in haunted houses to inexplicably finding human teeth on the floor, listeners share their scariest moments with us in honor of Halloween. 

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Obama Nominee for Appellate Court Sparks Debate in Senate

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Patricia Ann Millett, a Washington lawyer with bipartisan credentials, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. But several Republicans have said they will block all nominees until the White House makes Benghazi witnesses available. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the new fight overtaking the Senate.

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Yes, Your School is Watching You

Around the country, schools are considering whether it's their responsibility - or if it’s even their right - to keep track of kids when they’re online, but off campus. Two educators who stand on different sides of the issue give their take. Brian Gatens is superintendent of Norwood Public School District in New Jersey. He believes that schools should not be in the business of monitoring students 24/7. And Martha Haakmat is Head of School at Brooklyn Heights Montessori in New York. She believes a school's responsibilities extend beyond the school walls

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R.L. Stine On the Role of Fear for Children

Everyone has a story that as a kid, made the hairs on their neck stand up -- and often, those stories live with us throughout adulthood. Author of scary fiction for children, R.L. Stine, has written several scary series for children, including GoosebumpsFear Street and The Nightmare Room. He discusses the role that fear plays in children's lives.

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