Morning Edition for October 2, 2013
Oct 2, 2013 — Cuba has been sending doctors abroad for decades to work throughout Latin America and as far away as Africa. So it's not surprising Brazil turned to Cuba when it wanted to import thousands of badly needed doctors. But Brazil's medical establishment objects and wants to block the program.
Oct 2, 2013 — As the government shutdown continues, the House of Representatives has turned to a new strategy: trying to pass small bills to keep popular pieces of the government open. That strategy, as with others in this fight, is credited to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Oct 2, 2013 — Formed in the 1930s during Jim Crow, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel for seven decades. For the new album I'll Find a Way, the group has teamed up with a younger artist: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Oct 2, 2013 — On Sept. 27, 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-meter gold medal when tests showed a performance-enhancing drug in his system. As Alex Rodriguez appeals his illegal doping ban from Major League Baseball, Frank Deford reflects on a historical moment of drug use among athletes.
Oct 2, 2013 — The allegations have shaken people in Nairobi, who just a week ago were hailing the soldiers as heroes after Islamic militants stormed an upscale mall and killed dozens. President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to set up a commission to look into lapses in intelligence and security, and to investigate the accusations.
Oct 2, 2013 — Many users trying to sign up for the new health care marketplace on Tuesday hit technical glitches and slow downs. Programmers say the tech powering Obamacare online can be very complicated. And the administration urges patience.
Oct 2, 2013 — There was a party atmosphere at Affordable Care Act events both in California, where the law has been embraced by the state government, and in Virginia, where it has been resisted. But consumers will have very different experiences in the two states.
Oct 2, 2013 — The grain hasn't quite taken off yet, partly because of perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.
Oct 1, 2013 — After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down. Unfortunately, many — including the company's current director and its musicians — saw this coming.