Morning Edition for January 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014 — Decades ago, amid fears of rapid population growth, a biologist and an economist made a bet about how many people the planet could sustain. Global population is now estimated to top 7.1 billion. So who won the famous bet?
Jan 2, 2014 — If little Lorraine Begazo turns out like many big sisters, she'll lord it over her brother Brandon that she's the older one. And she was born the year before he was. The twins were born 2 minutes apart — one on New Year's Eve and the other on New Year's Day.
Jan 2, 2014 — Fifty years ago, science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov foresaw gadgets that "relieve mankind of tedious jobs" like machines that heat water and prepare coffee. He predicted smartphones — noting we'd be able to see and hear someone we call, and be able to look at photos on the same screen.
Jan 2, 2014 — Lebanon has announced Saudi Arabia will give it $3 billion to buy weapons. To explain the significance of this gift, Renee Montagne talks to Aram Nerguizian, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Jan 2, 2014 — President Obama will announce this year how he wants to overhaul operations at the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies. The NSA surveillance activities disclosed by Edward Snowden have been criticized by Congress and others. In the past, reports of intelligence abuses or failures have prompted significant changes.
Jan 2, 2014 — A Harvard economist finds there are psychological connections between the bad financial planning of many poor people and the poor time management of busy professionals. In both cases, he finds the experience of scarcity causes biases in the mind that exacerbate problems.
Jan 2, 2014 — Peace talks have begun between the government and rebels in South Sudan, but there's no immediate sign of an end to the fighting. The talks are being held in neighboring Ethiopia, where observers say any progress is likely to take some time.
Jan 2, 2014 — This year promises to bring plenty of political drama — and some high stakes races — with mid-term elections in full view. Billions of dollars will be spent in House, Senate and governors' contests. And some of the nation's most powerful politicians will scramble to hold onto their seats.
Jan 2, 2014 — The tax on recreational marijuana sales is 25 percent. Some estimate that tax will generate more than $60 million for the state annually.
Jan 2, 2014 — Former currency trader John Rusnak committed one of the largest bank frauds in history. He racked up nine-figure losses at Baltimore's Allfirst Bank before he got caught and was sent to prison. Five years later, Rusnak was back on the outside franchising a chain of dry cleaners and hiring people who'd also made big mistakes.