Morning Edition for Friday, October 4, 2013

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together. But today, their relationship is as sour as it's ever been. While closer ties might not solve the shutdown, the mutual suspicion and mistrust isn't helping.
Among the millions of people beginning to shop for coverage on the new health care marketplace are the nation's part-time workers. Some of them are uninsured. While others are being pushed into the new exchanges because their employers decided to drop coverage for part-timers.
But the prime minister maintained Israel's bottom line of "full dismantlement" of Iran's enrichment program and called the new rhetoric from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "hogwash."

Tesla Stock Hits Bumpy Road After Car Fire

Shares of Tesla tumbled after a video of a Model S going up in flames went viral. The electric car maker said the fire started when the vehicle struck some metal road debris, damaging the battery pack on the car's underbody. Tesla has been a stock market darling this year, but the high-end carmaker has lost billions of dollars in value in just a few days.

'Gravity' Is Out Of this World Twice Over

The new movie Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who play astronauts adrift in space. Director Alfonso Cuaron heads the impressive team that makes us feel we're stranded in outer space ourselves.

Open-Access Journals Hit By Journalist's Sting

Although many scientific journals claim the articles they publish are subject to peer review, that rarely happens. Science magazine contributor John Bohannon sent out bogus papers about a fictitious cancer experiment, papers that should have raised red flags. But more than 150 journals offered to publish his work. Bohannon talks to Renee Montagne about the implications of his sting operation.
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks with Del The Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator about the long-anticipated sequel to their dystopian, sci-fi hip-hop debut.

Shutdown Delays September Jobless Figures

The Labor Department says it's not releasing the September employment report on Friday as scheduled. The jobs report is almost always released on the first Friday of the month. Not this time — that's thanks to the partial government shutdown which is in its fourth day.

Mark Cuban Testifies During Insider-Trading Trial

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, took the stand on Thursday in his civil insider trading trial. The Securities and Exchange Commission says Cuban used confidential information to dump his shares of mamma.com and avoid a $750,000 loss.

Twitter Releases IPO Documents

Twitter gave potential investors the first peek at its financials as the company heads toward its initial public offering. Twitter plans to raise $1 billion in its IPO and will trade under the ticker symbol TWTR. While Twitter has quickly transformed the way people communicate and comment on events, it has yet to establish itself as a business.

German Beer Festival Goes Vegan

Munich's Oktoberfest — the Bavarian festival of Beer — ends Sunday. It normally brings in more than $1 billion and draws some 6 million visitors to the German city. This year, one vendor is offering a vegan menu. The meat options, however, are still the most popular.

Investigators Probe Deadly Capitol Hill Shooting

Washington, D.C's Capitol Hill was the scene of a car chase that ended in tragedy Thursday. The female suspect was pronounced dead. A female child was in the vehicle and was taken to a local hospital for observation. There were no injuries to the child. Police say it was an isolated incident with no links to terrorism.

Ready Or Not, 'Obamacare' Rolls Out As Planned

Millions of people have shopped for insurance on the new marketplaces called exchanges since opening day on Tuesday. Officials said it was evidence of high interest. Others criticized the fumbling start, which involved computer glitches, saying the Affordable Care Act was not ready for prime time. Renee Montagne and David Greene talk to NPR's Mara Liasson and Molly Ball, of The Atlantic, about the politicking around the new health law.
The federal government has been partially closed for four days now. While covering the shutdown, newsrooms are struggling with how to be even-handed while accurately explaining what's happening.
Dawn and Don Burke never intended to turn their home into a rat sanctuary. But after Dawn brought home a rat from a pet store, it wasn't long until the couple began taking in abandoned rats. The rodents' cage doors stay wide open, giving them plenty of space to run around.
As the town of Estes Park, Colorado, struggles to recover from devastating flood waters, it's been dealt a new blow: the significant economic impact caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Hamrick, who runs a coffee shop in Estes Park.

Syrian Troops Ring City Hit By Chemical Attack

In Syria, fighters who support the regime have intensified their siege of the town of Moadhamiya. That's the suburb of Damascus that was hit by chemical weapons last month. Food and other humanitarian relief cannot get through to residents. For details, David Greene talks to Sam Dagher, of The Wall Street Journal, who's in Damascus.
President Obama says he won't negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling, but he's happy to talk once the government is open and the full faith and credit of the United States is assured. Experts in negotiation weigh in about the tactics and the strategy being used during the budget impasse.

Parents Of Child Prodigies Face Difficult Choices

On Morning Edition this week, David Greene has been reporting on child prodigies. He now talks to two parents, the mother of a teenage computer wonder and the father of a pint-sized tennis phenom.

Skydive And Build A Website At The Same Time

Designers Chris Hirst and Leo Zhao are the first to do both at the same time — skydive and develop a website. The stunt was promoting their product Designbymobile. The message: we've made web designing so easy, you can do it anywhere.

Squirrel Steals The Show At Golf Tournament

Golfer Davis Love scooped up the lost baby squirrel at the President's Cup tournament on Thursday, worried he'd get struck. By the end of the day, Sammy's cute face had stolen the spotlight and he was named the unofficial mascot of team USA.
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