3:53pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Success Factors: Rich, Poor And Everybody Else

At The Economy's Bottom Rungs, Striving To Climb Up

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:53 pm

Johnita Ellerby, a single mother of four, is studying social work while working full time.
Art Silverman NPR

As the presidential campaign has unfolded, the candidates have traded polemics about wealth, class warfare, taxes, dependency and the role of government.

While it may be uncomfortable to admit, some Americans are simply more financially successful than others. But why do some achieve wealth, while others struggle? Why does one woman make it to the executive suite, while another man drives a taxi? And what do we think explains our prosperity — or lack thereof?

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3:40pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

The Industrious Lives Of Halloween's Ghouls

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:22 pm

Being a monster — or creepy clown — in a haunted house can be downright strenuous with all the jumping and running. And if the scares are too real, it can get physical.
Courtesy of Nick Markoff

Halloween might be the best day of the year for kids who love candy and grown-ups who love to be scared, but it is also the last day of work for thousands of ghouls and clowns.

Every year, people from all walks of life — firefighters, students, preschool teachers — adopt the rather unconventional part-time job of scaring at haunted attractions. They spend a month caking their faces with makeup, dipping their bodies in jelly-like substances that resemble blood and practicing chilling screams and creepy laughs until they're pitch perfect.

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3:35pm

Wed October 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Superstorm Sandy: A Voice From Union Beach, N.J.

Yesterday, we brought you a voice from Breezy Point, N.Y., the Queens neighborhood ravaged by fire.

Today, our Newscast unit spoke to Doug Doyle, the news director of NPR member station WGBO. Doug was making his way back to his apartment in Union Beach, N.J.

Except whole sections of shore city were destroyed by the storm surge. Doug was escorted to his apartment by emergency crews and he was fully expecting to find everything in tatters.

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3:25pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Science

High-Def Storm Models Yielded Accurate Predictions

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:53 pm

These computer models from Oct. 26 of then-Hurricane Sandy show different predictions for the storm's path.
NOAA

Better satellites, smarter computer models and faster computers helped government forecasters correctly predict the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, scientists say.

It's unlikely the forecast would have been nearly as accurate just a couple of decades ago, they say.

"The National Hurricane Center did a fantastic job, particularly with the track forecast and the intensity forecast as it was moving toward the Northeast," says Sharan Majumdar, an associate professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami.

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3:11pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Arts & Life

A 'Witch Queen' Who Casts Her Spells Year-Round

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:53 pm

Courtesy of Faith in the Five Boroughs

Lady Rhea is not the kind of witch you'll find in a pointy hat this Halloween. She is a real workaday witch, grinding out a living selling magic products in a booth at Original Products, a grocery store-sized botanica in the Bronx. She's been a practicing Wiccan for nearly four decades, making her one of the longest-serving high priestesses in New York City.

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3:10pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Obama, Christie Unlikely Partners After Sandy

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:53 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

The most populous city in the country is drying out and beginning a long and complicated recovery. One positive sign: Tomorrow, some New York City subway routes are scheduled to reopen. But today, gridlock ruled as people took to their cars. And that means it's car pool time.

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3:03pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Shots - Health News

To Stem Mumps Outbreak, Doctors Try An Extra Vaccination

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:39 pm

Two boys study together at a Chicago yeshiva in 2009. Public health officials say this type of close physical contact caused a mumps outbreak to spread throughout several orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.
M. Spencer Green AP

On June 17, 2009, an 11-year-old boy returned home from the U.K., which was experiencing a large number of mumps cases at the time. He then went to a summer camp for Orthodox Jews in upstate New York.

This turned out to be the spark that led to an outbreak of mumps among Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City. Ultimately, more than 3,500 people got sick.

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2:33pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Digital Life

A Mohawk Hero In The Not-So-Diverse Gaming World

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 3:49 pm

For the latest installment of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, set in Colonial America, the hooded main character is part Mohawk. The company brought in a Mohawk consultant and hired a Native actor to play the role.
Courtesy of Ubisoft

The Assassin's Creed video game series has become a megahit for gaming enthusiasts. The story line follows a bloody war between Assassins and the Knights Templar, first during the Crusades and then in Renaissance Italy.

The newly released Assassins Creed III crosses the ocean and a couple of centuries so the action could take place during the Revolutionary War and would be wildly anticipated on its own.

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1:52pm

Wed October 31, 2012
The Salt

Finding New Tricks To Get More Satisfaction Out Of Low-Fat Foods

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 1:12 pm

The secret to making something low-fat taste good and keep us fuller longer may be in its thickness.
iStockphoto.com

A thick and creamy shake sounds deliciously satisfying, and adding that kind of "mouth feel" to low-fat foods has become a multi-billion-dollar business. But are we really fooled?

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1:48pm

Wed October 31, 2012
Environment

Sandy Raises Questions About Climate And The Future

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:12 pm

Taxis sit in a flooded lot in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic Seaboard.
Michael Bocchieri Getty Images

If you ask climate scientist Radley Horton, it's difficult to say that Hurricane Sandy was directly caused by climate change, but he sees strong connections between the two. Horton is a research scientist at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He says that in New York City, the sea level has gone up about a foot over the past century and that researchers expect that rise to continue and even accelerate.

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