All Things Considered for December 26th, 2013
Dec 26, 2013 — As 2013 wraps up, NPR is looking at the numbers that tell this year's story. The number 1,134 got us all talking about where our clothes come from, who's making it, and under what conditions. It's the official death toll of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.
Dec 26, 2013 — Utah's surprise decision to legalize same-sex marriage caps a landmark year for gay rights. The last 12 months saw a huge string of victories, from state legislatures, to Congress, to the Supreme Court.
Dec 26, 2013 — An experimental technique called optogenetics is starting to change the way researchers look at the brain. The tool allows them to switch entire brain circuits on and off using light, and may help figure out what's going wrong in brain ailments from epilepsy to depression.
Dec 26, 2013 — Iowa initially chose not to expand Medicaid to thousands of beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act. But it's come up with a plan that uses federal money to pay for expansion, while writing its own rules. Beneficiaries will have to pay a small premium, for instance.
Dec 26, 2013 — Before Syria's civil war, there was no real need for a clinic that could teach the disabled how to walk on artificial legs. Now there's huge demand, not only for the legs, but also for training.
Dec 26, 2013 — The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.
Dec 26, 2013 — As the U.S. economy continues to recover, it has been getting some help from an unexpected place. After decades of massive job losses, manufacturing firms have been steadily creating jobs — many of them well-paying. One particularly bright spot is a new generation of high-tech manufacturers.
Dec 26, 2013 — NBC Sports has made a bet on the English Premier League, and the network is making matches all ten Boxing Day matches available to paying cable subscribers. Matt Weiland, co-editor of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup, joins Robert Siegel to talk about why the Premier League games are worth watching.
Dec 26, 2013 — This Saturday, the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals will square off in men's college basketball. It's one of the game's most intense rivalries. The Cardinals are the defending national champions. Kentucky won the title the previous year after defeating Louisville in the Final Four. The teams' modern rivalry dates back 30 years, when Louisville was coached by Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall was at the helm at Kentucky. The two Hall of Fame coaches, once fierce competitors, are now on the same team, hosting a popular radio show.
Dec 26, 2013 — People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, whereas capitalistic societies put it on steroids.