Morning Edition for Monday, October 14, 2013

The world's top financial officials were in Washington, D.C. over the weekend for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling standoff were hot topics among the visiting world financial leaders.
Since Congress first passed a law that set a cap on how much debt the Treasury could accrue, it has had to raise that limit more than 100 times. And 40 of those times, lawmakers have tried to tie strings to the vote. But veterans of past fights say they have gotten more intense in recent years.

Holding Onto The Other Half Of 'Mixed-Race'

Wilma Stordahl is tall, blond and Norwegian. Two of her sons have a black father, but they both share their mother's Norwegian last name. Strangers have frequently told Stordahl that her sons are black, not mixed-race, but Stordahl and her boys say the term captures only part of who they are.
Starting Tuesday, American expats throughout Europe will pick up their The International Herald Tribune to discover it has been renamed, The International New York Times. Many longtime readers say they'll feel a great loss.

So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up?

Now that enrollment has opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, one of the biggest questions people have is, what's the deadline? It's Dec. 15 if you want coverage to start on Jan. 1. But open enrollment actually runs through March 2014. After that, you'll generally have to wait until next fall.
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been popular supplements for arthritis for years. But clinical trials in humans haven't shown that they're any better than sugar pills at reducing pain. Some doctors say that if placebos or supplements help people exercise and lose weight, then that's OK.

China Experiences Surprise Drop In Exports

Chinese exports dropped point 0.3 percent in September from a year earlier. It was the worst performance in three months. Analysts think much of the drop was due to plunging demand from Southeast Asia. Investors have been pulling money out of the region on concern the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut bond purchases and the money supply will tighten.
Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani says he will seek a nuclear agreement and an end to crippling Western economic sanctions. This has raised hopes that better economic times may be ahead. But Rouhani's team, as well as economists, say Iran's problems are deep-rooted and won't be easily solved.

Research: 'Inner Speech' Can Be Disturbed By Chewing

Social science research shows movie goers are less receptive to ads if they're munching on popcorn. When we watch an ad on the screen, we subconsciously mouth the name we're hearing. And this "inner speech" makes an imprint on our brain. But if you're chewing your way through the ads, your mouth and brain don't go through those motions, and the message may not stay with you.

Shutdown In Day 14, Debt Ceiling Deadline Nears

Congress and the White House continue to work through the twin fiscal crises of funding for the federal government and the debt ceiling. Steve Inskeep and David Greene explore the dimensions of this massive political drama with Cokie Roberts, who weighs in on political topics most Mondays on Morning Edition, Robert Costa of the National Review, who's been following developments on Capitol Hill, and Terence Samuel of The Washington Post, who has been following public attitudes nationally.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy face charges at the International Criminal Court of instigating and financing deadly tribal violence after the disputed 2007 election. Their cases might never have reached this stage if not for one Kenyan judge and a remarkable disappearing act.

Speedy Evacuation In India Saves Lives During Cyclone

Cyclone Phailin slammed into the east coast of India over the weekend. It caused widespread destruction of property, but minimal loss of life. Indians are surprised and pleased at how well the government's evacuation effort worked.

Prize In Economics A Latecomer To Nobel Lineup

The Nobel Prize in economics will be announced Monday morning in Sweden. This prize is a relatively new one — it was established in 1968 by Sweden's central bank. The prizes announced last week, like the Nobel Peace Prize, were established more than 100 years ago in Alfred Nobel's will.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Oscar Hijuelos Dies At 62

Novelist Oscar Hijuelos was the first Latino writer to win the prize for fiction, for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. He died over the weekend at age 62. David Greene talks to author Gustavo Perez Firmat, who is a Columbia University professor and was a friend of Hijuelos.

Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup

What's being called one of the worst storms in South Dakota's history has killed tens of thousands of cattle. Ranchers need to bury the piles of carcasses littering the fields. The disaster comes amid the government shutdown that closed USDA programs aimed at helping livestock producers recover.

State Dollars Reopen Federal Landmarks

When the government shut down, National Parks were closed. Now states are using their own money to open such treasures as Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.

The Dismemberment Plan Returns, To Its Own Surprise

A decade after breaking up, the renowned Washington, D.C. indie rockers have a new generation of fans — and a new album at the ready.

Chiefs Break Record For Loudest NFL Stadium

Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs were recorded howling at more than 137 decibels as the Chiefs defeated Oakland. That decibel level is louder than a rock concert and almost as loud as a jet engine.

Man Leaves Wife Accidentally At Gas Station

A German man was driving back from his honeymoon in France. He pulled over to fuel up, thinking his bride sleeping in the backseat had remained put. She actually got out to use the facilities. He drove on, and more than two hours later he noticed his wife was gone.
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