Arts and Humanities
11:29 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Puppeteers Bring 'War Horse' Equine Star to Life

Puppeteers bring "War Horse" to life.
Credit Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

The 2011 Broadway premiere of the World War I drama “War Horse” won five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction. But the show also garnered a special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company, which designed the show’s star – a life-sized horse puppet named Joey.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Obama Moves To Delay Cancellations Of Insurance Plans

President Barack Obama speaking at the White House on Thursday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 1:18 pm

  • LISTEN: The president's news conference and NPR coverage of it

President Obama announced Thursday that Americans who have had their health insurance plans canceled because of his Affordable Care Act can keep those plans for another year if they wish.

Those cancellations — most effective on Jan. 1 — have sparked intense criticism of the ACA, in part because the president pledged many times that if Americans liked the health plans they had, they wouldn't have to give them up under the terms of his program.

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Politics
10:05 am
Thu November 14, 2013

McConnell Camp Dings Larry Forgy Over Harry Reid Donation

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
Credit File photos

The campaign to re-elect Senator Mitch McConnell isn't giving any ground in its Republican primary battle with Matt Bevin over who is the true Kentucky conservative.

Earlier this week, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy, a longtime McConnell critic, endorsed Bevin in next year's election.

It was a good sign for Bevin's candidacy to pick up an "old guard" GOP nominee with roots in the state outside of the Tea Party world. The Louisville investor does have the backing of state Tea Party groups, but few well-known Republicans or officials.

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It's All Politics
6:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

6 Ideas Being Floated To 'Fix' Obamacare Sign-Up Woes

On Sept. 28, just days before enrollment opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, this outreach event was hosted by Planned Parenthood for the Latino community in Los Angeles. But in the first month of the troubled HealthCare.gov website saw just a fraction of those expected to sign up had managed to do so.
Jonathan Alcorn Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:53 am

As technical problems with the government's new health insurance marketplace slow the pace of sign-up, a variety of "fixes" have been proposed. But some of these would create their own challenges. In rough order from least to most disruptive, here are some of the ideas:

1) Fix the website on schedule
This is everyone's favorite idea. The Obama administration says it hopes to have HealthCare.gov working smoothly for most users by the end of November, though it's not clear that target will be met.

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All Songs Considered
6:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:07 pm

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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All Tech Considered
6:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

Co-workers at Denver's Galvanize, a tech hub in Colorado's capital.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 2:43 pm

This week, we've been reporting on the sharing economy — a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools.

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Environment
6:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Who Wants to Transport Natural Gas Liquids Through Kentucky? Two Companies are Asking.

The proposed route for the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Williams

It’s open season for hunting Kentucky deer—and apparently for Kentucky pipelines as well.

Right now, there are two proposed pipelines that would carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky. One of these is the Bluegrass Pipeline, a joint venture between Williams and Boardwalk Partners. The proposal involves 500 miles of new construction through Kentucky and Ohio to carry hydrocarbons from natural gas drilling (materials like ethane, butane and propane) to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

McConnell: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers 'Cold Comfort' for Americans Losing Health Plans

Senate Republican Party Mitch McConnell of Kentucky isn't impressed with the number of Americans who used HealthCare.gov to select a health care insurance plan.

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that just over 106,000 Americans selected coverage plans during the first month of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment period.

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Local News
4:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor

Indiana Department of Education

A meeting of Indiana's State Board of Education turned chaotic today, with state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly announcing an adjournment and walking out.

It happened during discussion of a proposal to allow a new agency controlled by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to be involved in evaluating certain academic standards.

Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis that the proposal was improper.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Than 106,000 Chose Health Plans Under Affordable Care Act

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a report Wednesday revealing that 106,185 Americans selected a health plan in the new marketplace from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 6:47 pm

More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

That number is only "about 20 percent of the government's October target," as NPR's Scott Horsley reports for our Newscast unit.

Less than 27,000 people used the federal HealthCare.gov site to select a plan. The overall number includes enrollments made via federal and state marketplaces from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, the agency says.

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