Morning Edition for February 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014 — Over-all health care cost increases have slowed dramatically, but consumers may not notice it. Many face higher deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums as employers' insurance plans try to encourage them to pay more attention to health care costs. One big problem is health care price information is often not available.
Feb 18, 2014 — The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.
Feb 18, 2014 — Curling is one of the slowest and safest of the Olympic sports. You can do it until you're 80. In fact, the oldest American to ever participate in the Winter Olympics was a curler. So why is a world famous curler recruiting teenagers?
Feb 18, 2014 — In a former bomb shelter beneath London, Zero Carbon Food grows leafy greens and microgreens. Believe it or not, this dark, dank underground farm is an energy-efficient way to grow fresh produce.
Feb 18, 2014 — The head of a clown organization told the New York Daily News that clowns "just aren't cool anymore." Rubber noses and rainbow wigs just can't compete for young talent with tech startups and Wall Street.
Feb 11, 2014 — Air bags stored in backpacks are saving the lives of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. They look something like car air bags, but they work on an entirely different principle. These keep you safe simply by turning you into a larger object, and that helps you rise to the top of debris.
Feb 18, 2014 — The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who fought the system to get what he needed to survive. But screenwriters Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten had to fight to get the movie to the big screen, with Borten turning to alcohol and drugs along the way.
Feb 18, 2014 — Islamabad's a pretty quiet place at night. That's no big surprise in a capital full of forts and road blocks. But that's not the case at the city's latest landmark, the Centaurus Mall, where Pakistanis, young and old, flock to a place that feels far removed from the problems of Islamabad.
Feb 18, 2014 — Japan's central Bank has doubled incentives it offers to banks. The move is meant to weaken the yen which would make Japanese goods more affordable — in turn, encouraging Americans and Chinese to buy those goods.
Feb 18, 2014 — Drug store giant CVS has announced it will stop selling tobacco products later this year. Industry watchers say other drug store chains may follow CVS's lead. What does that change mean for New York City's bodegas, newsstands and other small shops?