Planet Money
3:49 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Episode 383: What The Health Care Decision Means For Peoples' Lives

Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 10:19 am

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health-care law will change peoples' lives. On today's show, we talk to a few of those people.

When the ruling came down, we were visiting people who work at a health insurance agency in Connecticut. The Court's ruling means the company needs to find a new line of business or close down altogether. (Here's more on our visit.)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job

Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 3:27 pm

Jim Bouton is a former All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees. His classic baseball memoir Ball Four, which was first published in 1970, is just out as an e-book.

Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, which have arguably gotten worse since then. But compared to other sports around the world, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him three questions about people who really know how to cheat.

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NPR Story
3:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Soccer Fans Scrap Sports Commentary For Organ Music

Stephen von Bothmer, one of Germany's leading silent film composers, accompanied the June 22nd football match between Germany and Greece on the organ at Emmanus Church in Kreuzberg.
FILMZ

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:12 pm

Berlin's streets came to a halt as Berliners squeezed themselves into neighborhood bars to watch the European Soccer Championship.

But at Lausitzerplatz in Kreuzberg, Emmanus Church was the main attraction as visitors and international guests filled the pews to watch the June 22nd match between Germany and Greece on a big screen TV. The game was accompanied by organ music by Stephan von Bothmer.

Von Bothmer is Germany's leading silent film composer. He is known for his sold out silent film performances at iconic venues like the Berliner Dom and Babylon Theater.

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Anouschka Pearlman was born in Sweden and raised in the US, Thailand, and Europe. She speaks English, Swedish, French, and German, but her preferred language has always been music.  A singer-songwriter, her songs are played on radio stations worldwide. She is currently working on her 3rd album.

In addition to being a musician and actress, (Bauhaus commercials made her a familiar face in Sweden) Anouschka has worked in advertising, publishing, and film and TV production in New York and Los Angeles. She also created and taught music programs for inner city school children in Boston, Massachusetts and empowerment courses for troubled teens in Stockholm, Sweden.

Opinion
3:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Nation: The One Word That Saved Health Care

Tea Party protesters demonstrate against the Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 28.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 8:41 am

Ilyse Hogue is a columnist for The Nation.

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Planet Money
3:40 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Value Of Taxing The Wealthy: $56 Billion

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 2:06 pm

The debate is back over what to do with the Bush tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

The Obama administration wants to extend them only for families earning less than $250,000 a year. Republicans generally favor extending them for everyone. What hangs in the balance are tax breaks for wealthier Americans.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Train Derailment In Columbus, Ohio Triggers Explosion

Neighbors watch a fire from a train derailment in Columbus, Ohio.
Andrew Spear AP

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:42 am

A train carrying hazardous material derailed in Columbus, Ohio overnight and boxcars caught fire. The Norfolk Southern freighter was outbound for Chicago when it jumped the tracks about 2:00 a.m.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Surprise, San Bernardino! You're Bankrupt

San Bernardino City Hall
City of San Bernardino

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 10:02 am

Residents of San Bernardino woke up to suddenly find their city has been told "Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200." And oh, do they need money.

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Planet Money
3:36 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Failure Of The Candy Tax

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:13 pm

Last week, we re-aired an episode recorded in 2010 with economist Joshua Gans, author of the book Parentonomics. In the episode, Gans' 11-year old daughter, B., told us about his technique for keeping her from spending too much allowance money on candy:

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Movies
3:34 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wilds

Grade: A

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Screenplay: Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar

Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 91 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics”

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