All Things Considered for October 12, 2011
Oct 12, 2011 — The U.S. Supreme Court wrestled on Wednesday with a case testing whether some 700,000 people arrested each year on minor charges can be subject to automatic strip searches when taken to jail. Specifically, the issue the justices grappled with was whether jail authorities need some reasonable suspicion to conduct that kind of a search.
Oct 12, 2011 — Congress voted to approve three much-delayed free trade deals with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. The Obama administration and supporters in Congress have labeled these agreements as jobs bills, though there are questions about how many jobs will really be created.
Oct 12, 2011 — A new study looks at whether we can feed the world without destroying the Earth. The answer is yes, but how to make it happen is complicated, and will require big changes in the way we practice agriculture.
Oct 12, 2011 — For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Girl Scouts of the USA have updated their badges.
Oct 12, 2011 — Taiwanese musicians are importing American styles and fusing them with traditional forms.
Oct 12, 2011 — Before GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman served as governor of Utah, a corporate executive, and U.S. ambassador to China, he had another youthful calling: Huntsman was a rock 'n' roll musician in a band called Wizard.
Oct 12, 2011 — In 2007, artist Lonni Sue Johnson contracted viral encephalitis, leading to severe brain damage and amnesia. But language and crossword puzzles have unlocked Johnson's ability to remember how to play the viola and create simpler, childlike art — and that intrigues scientists at Johns Hopkins University.
Oct 12, 2011 — By calling Mormonism a "cult," an evangelical pastor recently sparked a bitter debate over religious prejudice and traditional doctrine. But while many evangelicals don't believe that Mormonism is Christian, they say they share conservative social values and would stand behind a Mormon — such as Mitt Romney — for president.
Oct 12, 2011 — Lee Baca spent days blasting his critics, who accuse him of turning a blind eye to widespread abuse of inmates by his deputies. Now the four-term sheriff says he's instituting reforms and will open his cell doors to independent inspectors.
Oct 5, 2011 — The romantic power of words has the uncanny ability to lead us through the aches and pains of growing up. Author Leah Hager Cohen recommends Brian Hall's The Saskiad, a coming-of-age tale with a bookish twist.