All Things Considered for Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The town of Tacloban on the island of Leyte in the Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The scene at the airport there was chaotic as the Philippine and U.S. military delivered food and aid workers and residents rushed to board planes headed back to less-damaged Manila .

The Philippines' Geography Makes Aid Response Difficult

Robert Siegel talks to Richard Brennan, World Health Organization director of emergency risk management and humanitarian response, about the geographic challenges of sending humanitarian aid to Typhoon Haiyan victims.

So, You Have Gonorrhea. Who Tells Your Ex?

Most people testing positive for a sexually transmitted disease may want to do the right thing and let former sexual partners know. But such conversations aren't easy. In Spokane, you can ask the health department to make the call — and not use your name.
Two large industries — agriculture and oil — are fighting a pitched battle over access to your car's fuel tank. Americans are buying less gasoline, but a federal law requires the country to include an increasing amount of corn-based ethanol in the country's fuel supply. Facing billions of dollars in lost sales, the oil industry wants the government to reverse course on ethanol.

Ukraine, A Chocolate Factory And The Fate Of A Woman

Like many former Soviet republics, Ukraine is considering saying goodbye to its Soviet past and signing an economic alignment with the European Union. But with the clock ticking on a free trade agreement, Ukraine is facing hardball tactics from Moscow and a demand from the EU to free its former prime minister.
China's Communist Party wrapped up a four-day meeting Tuesday that could herald big changes for the nation's economy. The meeting carries the soporific title The Third Plenary of the 18th Central Committee. But historically, a third plenary has meant transformational reforms.

Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice?

American entrepreneurs in Kenya are attempting to fundamentally transform education for some of the poorest kids in the world — while making a profit. Classes are large, and lessons are standardized. Some education leaders worry that private, for-profit schools undermine struggling public education systems.
New York City has the tallest skyscraper in the country again. One World Trade Center will officially take that title away from the Willis Tower in Chicago when it opens next year. The Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat made the announcement Tuesday.

Latyrx: Still Deft And Defiant After Two Decades

The oratorical alt-rap duo featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born returns with a follow-up to 1996's The Album. The new record demonstrates that the two are as capable as ever of illustrating the musicality of hip-hop.

First Numbers From Health Exchange Expected To Be Low

The administration is expected to report on the number of Americans who have signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange this week.
The heat is on officials with Colorado's health exchange to make its website work better. Exchange officials are feeling pressure to explain why consumers have to fill out a detailed Medicaid eligibility form before signing up for private insurance online.
The Justice Department approved an airline merger Tuesday that will create the world's largest carrier. AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and U.S. Airways agreed to divest a number of slots and gates at key airports in order to enhance competition.
Discouraged by the Republican candidate for governor's showing in the polls, GOP donors begin pouring money into the Virginia attorney general race. Now, that contest is showing a 117 vote margin with Democrat Mark Herring ahead, though there have been several lead changes as provisional ballots have been tallied.

Remembering 'Holy Minimalist' Composer John Tavener

British composer Sir John Tavener — whose music was beloved by many far outside the usual classical sphere — died Tuesday at age 69. We look back at a career that took him from being signed by The Beatles' Apple label to a performance of his music as part of Princess Diana's funeral.
Filipino TV reporter David Santos describes what it was like to ride out Typhoon Haiyan and then to see the devastation. In the area where he was, Santos says, law and order quickly broke down.
Some of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan was not purely the result of the storm's huge force. Among the leading Asian economies, the Philippines regularly ranks as the most corrupt. Robert Siegel talks with Steven Rood, who runs the Asia Foundation's office in Manila, about how the nation's infrastructure problems, laid bare by the storm, relate to graft and corruption.
Timothy Massad is nominated to head the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. He would replace Gary Gensler, whose four-year tenure was marred by questions of his professional ties to Jon Corzine and the downfall of MF Global.
Secretary of State John Kerry is back in Washington to defend the proposed nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical members of Congress. He and his colleagues from other major powers failed to reach a deal with Iran during talks over the weekend in Geneva. Iran blames France's hard line for blowing up the deal, though Kerry has tried to downplay that.

Indie Band Yellow Dogs Members Die In Murder Suicide

Two members of the up-and-coming indie band The Yellow Dogs were among the dead in a Monday morning murder-suicide in Brooklyn. It's a tragic ending for a band that came from Iran to escape crackdowns on rock music.
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