3:17pm

Wed October 23, 2013
NPR Story

Widespread Plague In Wildlife Threatens Western Ecosystems

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:26 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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Most Americans' experience with plague is limited to history books. In the 14th century, it famously wiped out half of Europe's population. But right now, the bacteria is quietly ravaging wildlife in parts of the American West.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren has the story.

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3:17pm

Wed October 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

It's Easy To Blame The Canadians For HealthCare.gov Problems

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:43 pm

Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

President Obama is putting former CEO Jeff Zients in charge of the "tech surge" — the administration's emergency effort to fix the Web portal at the heart of the federal government's new health care market. But what about the contractors that built the system? What's their responsibility?

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3:17pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Netflix On The Moon? Broadband Makes It To Deep Space

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:20 pm

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer probe, seen in this artist's rendering, is orbiting the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar surface.
Dana Berry NASA

Here's a funny quirk of the modern age: It takes just seconds to pull up a bad sci-fi movie about invaders from the moon and watch it in HD. But actual communications between the Earth and moon are just as static-filled as they were back in the 1960s.

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3:17pm

Wed October 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

U.K. Official Urges U.S. Government To Adopt A Digital Core

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:43 pm

Mike Bracken is executive director of digital for the U.K. government.
Lisbon Council Flickr

2:59pm

Wed October 23, 2013
It's All Politics

White House Turns To 'Rock Star' Manager For Obamacare Fix

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:58 pm

Jeffrey Zients was tapped to help fix problems with the Obama administration's heath care website.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Jeffrey Zients isn't exactly a household name. But if he can cure what ails the Affordable Care Act website, he'll be one of the best-known figures in the Obama administration.

Zients (rhymes with Heinz) is the professional manager President Obama turned to in order to solve the by-now-infamous problems with the federal government's health care exchange website.

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2:57pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Politics

'Insurgent' Wing Grapples For Control Of The GOP

Tea Party and conservative leaders including Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Mike Lee gather for a press conference on Capitol Hill in May.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

There's a battle for control of the GOP between establishment Republicans and a new brand of conservatives.

"You can call them populist, you can call them insurgents, you can them Tea Party adherents. ... I think the general term I try to use is the 'insurgent' wing," says New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin.

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2:48pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Music Reviews

Europe Swings The Body Electric

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 3:46 pm

The members of Caravan Palace are practitioners of electro-swing.
Courtesy of the artist

2:45pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Ex-Navy Carrier USS Forrestal Sold For 1 Cent

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:45 pm

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Forrestal departs Newport, R.I., for a three-day cruise to Philadelphia in 2010.
MCCS Melissa F. Weatherspoon U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy's first "supercarrier" is being sold for just 1 cent to a ship breaker.

The USS Forrestal, launched in 1954 and decommissioned in 1993, is the first of three conventional (non-nuclear) carriers due to be scrapped in the coming years. The Forrestal is best known for a devastating fire in 1967 that engulfed the ship's flight deck, killing 134 sailors and wounding 161 others.

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2:41pm

Wed October 23, 2013
The Salt

Are You A Sage Foodie? A Quiz To Test Your Food Literacy

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:06 pm

Screenshot of the Food Literacy Quiz

So, Food Day is almost upon us (it's Oct 24). And maybe it's time to test your mettle.

The folks behind this celebration have devised a Food Literacy Quiz to gauge your knowledge of all things food — from farm to table.

Think you know tomatoes? Well, by evaluating a series of photos shown in the first question of the quiz, you may learn something about how its seeds are dispersed.

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2:14pm

Wed October 23, 2013
It's All Politics

GOP Pollster: What Went Wrong, And Why

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio (center), with House GOP leaders, speaks briefly to reporters on Oct. 1. Joining Boehner are (from left) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the Republican conference chairwoman.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

How badly did the recent fiscal fight go for the GOP?

Here's one hint: Prominent Republican pollster Bill McInturff opens his "after action report" on the government shutdown with a quote from Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu on the skills needed in picking the terrain of battle: "He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated."

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