Planet Money
10:01 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

'Operation Twist,' Explained In 4 Easy Steps

Note: Robert Smith has an Operation Twist explainer on Wednesday's Morning Edition. That story is attached above.

The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds is 1.95 percent. This is crazy low. It's lower than inflation. But the Federal Reserve may be about to push the rate even lower.

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10:01 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Where Falling Satellite Lands Is Anyone's Guess

This artist's conceptual image shows the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS. After two decades in orbit, the satellite will make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Later this week, a retired NASA satellite the size of a school bus will finally fall back towards Earth after orbiting the planet for two decades. Most of it will burn up in the atmosphere. But about two dozen pieces are expected to hit the ground — somewhere.

And the biggest piece will weigh about 300 pounds.

If that's got you worried, NASA emphasizes that in the history of the space age, there have been no confirmed reports of falling space junk hurting anyone. But that doesn't mean no one has ever been hit.

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10:01 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

A Do-It-Yourself Approach To The Electric Car

Jack Rickard and Brian Noto of EVTV are converting this replica 1966 AC Cobra to run entirely on batteries. The two host an online video series explaining how to convert a gas-guzzling road warrior into an all-electric vehicle.
Jacob McCleland for NPR

Jack Rickard and Brian Noto have developed something of a cult following on their webcast EVTV, or Electric Vehicle Television, produced from their garage in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Every week, they talk in soul-crushing detail about the intricacies of how to gut a gas-guzzling road warrior and convert it into an all-electric vehicle. On Wednesday, they host the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention at the Cape Girardeau airport.

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10:01 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Georgia Is Poised To Execute Davis, 22 Years Later

During a 2008 protest in support of death row inmate Troy Davis, people in Paris' Place de la Concorde hold signs urging clemency for Davis, convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.
Mehdi Fedouach AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 2:49 pm

After years of appeals and controversy, Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be executed in Georgia on Wednesday. Georgia's board of pardons turned back Davis' appeal for clemency Tuesday, despite high-profile support for his claim that he did not kill a police officer in 1989.

Several witnesses have changed their testimony since Davis' trial; tens of thousands are protesting the execution. Former president Jimmy Carter, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu and more than 50 members of Congress are among those who have asked Georgia to commute Davis' death sentence.

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Sweetness And Light
8:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

No Respect For The Women On The Sidelines

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for Fox Sports, interviews head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers as he leads his team against the Denver Broncos.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 2:16 pm

Football season has hardly started and fans are already grousing about sideline reporters. To be sure, sideliners now exist in most all sports, and a handful of them –– notably Craig Sager of Turner, who was apparently in town the day the clown died, and thus got all his clothes –– are downright famous. While Sager is best known for basketball, it is football sideline reporters who are most identified with the sport.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell
5:45 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Protesters say Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal falls short

By Willow Belden

LARAMIE, WY (wpr) - Don't Ask Don't Tell ended today, which means that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. L-G-B-T groups across the country are celebrating. But a group of activists here in Laramie still aren't satisfied.

"Don't Ask Don't Tell may be dead; we won't rest till we can wed," the crowd chants.

A group of about 10 gay rights activists, carrying rainbow-colored signs, gathered in front of the court house in Laramie today. Their message: Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell isn't enough.

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August Unemployment
5:23 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Unemployment increases slightly in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - New numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show a slight increase in unemployment statistics in Wyoming for the month of August.

The state's unemployment rate rose from 5.7-percent in July to 5.8-percent in August. However, in August of 2010, unemployment in Wyoming stood at 6.3-percent.

The Department of Employment's Carola Cowan says the point-one-percent increase is not a statistically significant change.

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The Two-Way
4:59 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

VIDEO: As DADT Is Repealed, Gay Serviceman Comes Out To His Dad

Randy Phillips in a YouTube video.
screenshot YouTube

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 5:11 pm

As the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy went into effect, we heard many stories out about how service members are marking the occasion. But one of them has emerged as particularly personal.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:59 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Predicting Sexual Function After Prostate Treatment

A study should help men facing prostate cancer treatment get a better sense of how good their sexual function will be down the road.

Up to now doctors couldn't tell a man much about his chances of maintaining sexual function after surgery or radiation for prostate cancer.

"We'd say about half recovered or maintained their function," says Dr. Martin Sanda of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "And we'd be able to turn that up or down a little bit based on age."

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4:33 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

The Dozen Richest Men And Women In Congress

2. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): $238,812,296
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:23 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) barely made our list at No. 13, but here are the richest dozen men and women in Congress who could be affected by the Buffett Rule. The rankings, by average net worth, were released on Tuesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.