Morning Edition for December 20, 2012
Dec 20, 2012 — Following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., some staunch supporters of gun rights have shifted their tone and appear open to new action on gun control. One of them is Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia. He talks to Steve Inskeep about his position.
Dec 20, 2012 — President Obama's comments on gun violence Wednesday, and whether laws restricting access to assault weapons should be tightened, were followed closely in Newtown, Conn. Funerals and memorials for the victims of last week's mass shootings continue.
Dec 20, 2012 — Many health experts say we should eat less salt, but that's not easy. Salt is added to almost everything that we cook or bake. Are we born with a taste for that much salt, or do we just like what we've always eaten? Scientists say it's some of both.
Dec 20, 2012 — Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal last teamed up on the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, set during the Iraq war. The hunt for Osama bin Laden is the subject of their new drama, Zero Dark Thirty.
Dec 20, 2012 — South Korea will have its first female president, following Wednesday's close presidential election. Park Geun-hye says she will be open to better relations with North Korea, but she leads a conservative party known for its hardline with Pyongyang.
Dec 20, 2012 — "The Maya never, ever, said anything about the world ending at any time — much less this year," says an archaeologist who helped translate the ancient culture's hieroglyphs.
Dec 20, 2012 — Friday marks the end of the Mayan calendar — and the end of the world if you believe doomsayers. But a rumor circulating online says the village of Bugarach, population 200, will be spared. That has the village bracing for an influx of believers.
Dec 20, 2012 — Toyota's 2013 Camry received a crash-test rating of "poor" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is a big change from last year when the 2012 model received top marks from the group. This time the organization implemented a more stringent frontal crash test. Toyota's 2013 V was also scored as "poor."
Dec 20, 2012 — Wal-Mart has expanded rapidly in Mexico. A report this week delves into how corruption played out in a town, where Wal-Mart was determined to build a supermarket near some ancient pyramids. Steve Inskeep talks to David Barstow, of The New York Times, about his continuing investigation into Wal-Mart's troubling business practices in Mexico.
Dec 20, 2012 — This time of year, appeals from charities can pile up in mailboxes. As part of the 12 Days of Tax Deductions, Morning Edition examines the charitable contribution deduction.