World Views
12:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

How Mexico Is Becoming An Economic Powerhouse And Immigrant Destination

Mexico City, Mexico.
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Alan McPherson, the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Over the last decade, the foreign-born population in Mexico has nearly doubled, and the country is turning into an immigrant destination – especially for American citizens.

The New York Times reported Sunday that International Monetary Fund data shows Mexico’s economy outpaced the United States, Canada and Brazil in 2011 and 2012.

University of Oklahoma International and Area Studies Professor Alan McPherson is an expert on U.S.-Latin America relations. He says Mexico’s economy is more diverse than it’s ever been, but there’s a downside to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other aspects of globalization.

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School Shelters
8:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Study: In-School Storm Shelters Deficient In Oklahoma

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A proponent of a ballot measure to place storm shelters in Oklahoma schools says a survey of all public schools in the state shows more than 60 percent without a refuge or safe area.

Rush Springs Democratic state Representative Joe Dorman announced the results of the survey on Thursday of all 517 school districts in Oklahoma's 77 counties. The survey was paid for by Coreslab Structures, a company that manufactures precast concrete products with two plants in Oklahoma.

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Here & Now
7:42 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Obamacare 101: Your Questions Answered

Starting Oct. 1, Americans will be able to buy private health insurance through public exchanges created under Obamacare. (401(K) 2013/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 10:18 am

On October 1st, next Tuesday, health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will be open for enrollment.

Last week we asked listeners for their questions and you’ve sent them. We heard questions about how to enroll, what it means for people on Medicare and what the coverage will cost.

Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News joined us to provide some answers. Since everyone’s situation is a little different, he also shared two pieces of general advice:

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Author Interviews
6:15 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:11 am

Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing.

But Ravitch recently — and very publicly — changed her mind. She looked at the data and decided that the kinds of changes she'd supported weren't working. Now she's a prominent critic of things like charter schools and school choice — and she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools.

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Research News
6:13 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:07 am

During an experiment, marketing professor Remi Trudel noticed a pattern in what his volunteers were recycling versus throwing in the garbage. He then went through his colleagues' trash and recycling bins at Boston University for more data.

He found the same pattern, says NPR's Shankar Vedantam: "Whole sheets of paper typically went in the recycling, but paper fragments went in the trash."

Same type of paper, different shapes, different bins.

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It's All Politics
8:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Republican Tactics Slow Down Obamacare Prep

An online course for Affordable Care Act "navigators" in Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 6:23 pm

As Republicans try to figure out how to defund President Obama's health care law, some members of the party are attacking Obamacare on other fronts, too.

One House committee is investigating groups that were contracted to educate people about how to enroll, and the tactics are slowing down preparation for the rollout of the health care exchanges scheduled next Tuesday.

Investigating The "Navigators"

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Pledged To Secrecy
6:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Comanche Code Talkers Honored By State And Nation

Pvt Floyd Saupitty (Comanche) pictured between two soldiers en route to Okinawa
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Personal photographs, military uniforms and a Nazi flag captured during World War II are some of the items on display at a new exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers.

The exhibit that opened Thursday in the southwestern Oklahoma community of Lawton honors 17 Comanche men who used their language as a secret code during the war.

The exhibit's opening coincides with the upcoming expected presentation of Congressional Gold Medals.

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Law Enforcement Will Need A Warrant
4:41 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bill Restricting Use Of Drones To Be Revived Next House Session

Example of unmanned drone
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As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles continues to grow, a state legislator says it is imperative that laws are put in place to protect the privacy rights of citizens from unwarranted surveillance by the government.

Moore Republican Rep. Paul Wesselhoft held a study on the use of drones Thursday before the House Energy and Aerospace Committee.

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Affordable Care Act
1:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

VIDEO: Oklahoma Senator Coburn Dislikes GOP Strategy To Defund Obamacare

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) shakes President Obama's hand in this undated photo.
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The U.S. Senate resumed consideration Thursday of the House continuing resolution to fund the government for the next fiscal year that begins Tuesday.

But Oklahoma's junior U.S.  Senator says he won't vote for any continuing resolution. Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says CRs don't allow managers at federal agencies any opportunity for long-term planning.

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Affordable Care Act
12:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Are You Eligible For Subsidized Health Insurance? Use This Calculator To Find Out

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Oklahomans will be able to shop for and purchase insurance on the new health insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1. Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1, 2014, or face a tax penalty.

Many people are uncertain how much it will cost to purchase insurance through the exchange, or if they will be eligible for subsidized coverage or Medicaid.

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