Selected radio reports that aired on NPR, Marketplace, and the BBC.
South Carolina Lowcountry Begins To Dry Out After Severe Floods
NPR, All Things Considered | October 5, 2015.
Several days of rain in South Carolina have led to catastrophic flooding. At least 10 people have died, and tens of thousands are without water and power. Today, Governor Nikki Haley said that hundreds of roads and bridges are still closed across the state. Reporter Tim Fitzsimons has more from South Carolina’s low country.
The return of the debt limit
Marketplace Radio | March 13, 2015
This Sunday the United States' statutory debt limit will once again go into effect, essentially reinstating the debt ceiling at the level of the U.S. debt on Sunday, probably around $18 trillion.
The reason the debt limit is returning to haunt our fiscal dreams is because Congress kicked the can down the road when it passed a suspension of the debt limit in February, 2014.
But it's hard to know how long the Department of Treasury can use "extraordinary measures" to keep paying its bills before it begins to risk defaulting on its debt. That's because government revenues are lumpy — lots comes in during tax season, for example. The best estimate sets the new deadline at some time in October or November.
Arab Tech Startups Try To Seize The Moment
NPR, All Things Considered | April 23, 2012
Social networking sites have been at the vanguard of the Arab uprisings over the past year. Egyptians used online pages to organize protests, and Syrian activists have posted frequent YouTube videos showing government forces shelling civilian areas.
The same growing Arab online awareness that made the Internet part of the pro-democracy movements has also created a mini-revolution for Arab technological business.
Washington's plan for getting the geese off the grass
Marketplace Radio | May 11, 2015
The National Mall in Washington, D. C., has a fowl problem: Canada geese, and lots of them. These large migratory waterfowl are increasingly non-migratory thanks to relocation and hunting efforts. The roughly 3 pounds of droppings each can produce in one day can cause fish kills in ponds, and could even clog the newly-renovated reflecting pool.
Marketplace, March 24, 2015.
The Pentagon is searching for a new handgun for its soldiers. The request for proposals envisions a modular handgun system. Sounds simple, but the Army has only been in the market for its official gun twice before, so gun manufacturers have a lot riding on the contract. And it’s not just about the money.
Marketplace Radio | April 3, 2015.
Washington, D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, and with them they will bring 1.5 million tourists to the narrow path around the Tidal Basin, beside the Jefferson Memorial.
But the National Park Service, which administers the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin as part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks (NMMP) zone, has $11.5 billion on its backlog of deferred maintenance costs. Of that figure, $850 million is slated for the NMMP. So while the Jefferson Memorial may look good from afar, when you get closer you can see that it's falling apart.
Advocates say insurers are driving away sick customers
Marketplace radio | June 11, 2015.
The Department of Health and Human Services is currently in the initial review period for health care plans to be sold on exchanges for the 2016 open enrollment period. They’re making sure plans comply with the complex regulations in the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. But this time around, some groups are objecting to minute details in plans. Advocates and patients say some insurers are designing their benefits to drive away people with preexisting conditions.
Mashrou' Leila: striking a chord with Arab youth
BBC NewHour | October 16, 2013
Mashrou' Leila, a six-piece Lebanese band, has become one of the most popular alternative acts in Arabic music, with songs which explore death, homosexuality and politics.
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As DADT Ends, LGBT Group Comes Out Of The Closet
NPR, All Things Considered | August 25, 2011
Under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," many gay people served in the military but remained in the closet. An underground network of LGBT people in the military, called OutServe, was formed last year to help them connect and troubleshoot problems they may face. With the Sept. 20 end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gays and lesbians will be free to serve openly in the military, and OutServe will be changing its mission to serve them.
NPR, Morning Edition. January 9, 2014.
The island is paying nearly 10 percent interest on its bonds to attract reluctant investors. And some credit-rating analysts are saying Puerto Rico’s bonds may soon get a downgrade. But optimists say they can help solve the island’s problems from the bottom up.