Morning Edition for August 27, 2013
Aug 27, 2013 — Things appear to be looing good on the economic front: The stock market is up over the past year, profits have been rising and the U.S. economy has been growing for four years. Yet, wages for many American workers have been stagnant. To find out why, Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.
Aug 26, 2013 — A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.
Aug 27, 2013 — The governing body of U.S. competitive swimming announced an independent review of its program to protect athletes from sexual abuse. There are new questions, some from Congress, about whether swimming has effectively confronted an abuse problem revealed in recent years.
Aug 27, 2013 — As the number of Americans living in Sunbelt states grows, air conditioning is increasingly becoming a necessity — not a luxury — for a larger swath of the population. Yet the main federal energy assistance program uses a formula that favors cold weather states for heating help over hot weather states that need cooling help.
Aug 27, 2013 — Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
Aug 23, 2013 — The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child's advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.
Aug 27, 2013 — There's been a major acquisition in the drug industry. Amgen Inc, the world's largest biotechnology company is buying Onyx Pharmaceuticals. The deal is valued at $10.4 billion. Amgen has high hopes for Onyx's cancer drugs.
Aug 27, 2013 — If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
Aug 27, 2013 — Last summer, 10,000 people turned out at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for the first Internet Cat Video Festival. It was such a success, they've brought it back. Scott Stulen, who runs the festival, thinks cats and online videos just work together.
Aug 27, 2013 — Secretary of State Kerry has pronounced an all-but-final U.S. verdict against the Syrian government for suspected use of chemical weapons in an "indiscriminate slaughter" of civilians. U.S. warships are within missile range, and U.S. envoys are talking to allies to see what kind of action they might support. David Greene talks to Frederic Hof, who was a special State Department adviser on Syria for the Obama administration. He is now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.