All Things Considered for October 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013 — After yet more problems over the weekend, HealthCare.gov, the federal site for people to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act, seems to be making incremental improvements. Probably the best news on the health care front is that premiums for Medicare will not increase next year.
Oct 28, 2013 — Widening revelations about NSA spying now include allegations that the U.S. is collecting data on millions of citizens in countries such as Spain and France and has spied on the leaders of some 35 allies. The scandal is drawing attention to an intelligence-sharing agreement known as Five Eyes between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Audie Cornish speaks with ambassador John Negroponte, chairman of the board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the former director of national intelligence under George W. Bush.
Oct 28, 2013 — Monday was day one of The News of the World phone hacking scandal trial in London. Among others, two former editors of the now-defunct tabloid — Andy Coulson and Rebecca Brooks — have been charged with a raft of offences, including some that carry a prison sentence.
Oct 28, 2013 — Marcia Wallace has died at the age of 70. She was best known for her voice work as fourth-grade teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons and as the wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.
Oct 28, 2013 — Latin America has some of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the world. Many countries in the region have a total ban. In Brazil, abortion is illegal, but there are some exceptions. A new bill is trying to roll those exceptions back.
Oct 28, 2013 — Jeanette Winterson's The Daylight Gate follows the witches and outcasts of 17th century England. The titular gate is a portal to hell — but England itself has become hellish for persecuted Catholics.
Oct 28, 2013 — Our children these days might be called digital natives, kids who grow up surrounded by and immersed in digital media. How does that affect childhood? How might it affect their adulthood? This week All Tech Considered kicks off a week of stories about kids and technology.
Oct 28, 2013 — Researchers are still learning about the effects of touch-screens on kids. But scientists say that certain kinds of screen time, involving interaction with other people, can help youngsters learn.
Oct 28, 2013 — A tenuous peace process between Kurdish fighters and Turkey's military is hanging by a thread, according to Kurdish officials. Militant Kurdistan Workers' Party commanders in northern Iraq say they're ready to resume attacks in southeastern Turkey if the government doesn't accelerate the implementation of civil and political reforms long sought by Turkish Kurds. After nearly a year of peace, the cease-fire could collapse — and would be quite hard to restore, analysts say.
Oct 28, 2013 — Officials at Pennsylvania State University say the school will pay almost $60 million to 26 men over their claims that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused them.