Morning Edition for Friday, November 8, 2013

Expectations Grow For Deal On Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Geneva to join other major powers involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran. Iran hopes the international community will ease crippling economic sanctions in exchange for capping some of its atomic activities.

Powerful Typhoon Batters Philippines

A massive typhoon is crossing the Philippines. It is expected to maintain its Category 5 status as it crosses the entire country, and may be one of the strongest storms in history.

Ex-Ambassador Examines U.S., Pakistan Relations

Steve Inskeep talks to former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. Hussain Haqqani about his new book: Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.

Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor

Far-flung billionaires played a big role in the Virginia gubernatorial race. San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent more than $2 million each to help elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor.
Abdulnasser Gharem is revolutionizing the contemporary art scene in Saudi Arabia with performance art and installations that chafe against his country's bureaucracy. A lieutenant colonel in the army, Gharem skirts potential censorship by exhibiting his boldest, most critical pieces outside Saudi borders.

Animator Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' Is 'Special'

"To see The Wind Rises is to both marvel at the work of Hayao Miyazaki and regret that this film is likely his last," says critic Kenneth Turan. Inspired by the life of a brilliant aircraft designer, it's quintessential Miyazaki: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.

Twitter's Value Soars To Nearly $25 Billion

Shares of Twitter stock went on sale to the public on Thursday. They immediately climbed more than 70 percent above the offering price of $26 a share.
You might think shutting down the government would save money, but you'd be wrong. According to the White House budget office, during the 16-day partial shutdown, federal employees were paid roughly $2 billion not to work.
Netflix and Disney have announced a deal that calls for Marvel Television to develop four original live-action series. The new series will star relatively minor characters from Marvel's catalog.

Job Applicants Find Position Titles Confusing

One of the many challenges in finding the right job these days can be just figuring out what recruiters are actually offering. A website compiled a list of the most ridiculous job titles, after a number of applicants complained that they didn't understand what the positions entailed. You can't blame them for being confused. A paper boy is now a "media distribution officer."

Delayed October Jobs Report To Be Released Friday

Economists think the economy added about 125,000 jobs in October. The unemployment rate is expected to rise a bit, but mostly because of ripple effects from the government shutdown in the first half of the month.
In the wake of the partial government shutdown, many establishment Republicans argued that the hardliners in the GOP, backed by the Tea Party, needed to be reigned in. Former Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio tells David Greene about his efforts to put millions of dollars toward that goal in the 2014 mid-term elections.
Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit organization that's based in Chicago, will make the final decision on Friday. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.

Sisterly Love: 'I Knew That We Had Each Other'

Two teenage sisters who were sexually abused talk about how they supported each other through the ordeal.

Should TSA Agents Have Broader Law Enforcement Powers?

The shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is renewing debate over whether security at airports is tough enough. Some aviation security experts say the response at LAX went as well as it could have in this era of "random violence" in public areas.

China Meeting May Be Economic Game Changer

China's Communist Party meeting begins on Saturday. Some advocates for change would like to see plans for an economic transformation. At the end of the four-day plenary session, economists expect China's leaders to release a vaguely-worded report, which will call for broad economic change, but within limits.

Persistence Pays Off For Uninsured Alaskan

A hairdresser in Alaska is one of the first people to get health insurance through HealthCare.gov. The 37-year-old woman has a chronic thyroid problem, so she's thrilled to find affordable coverage. Insurers are bracing for sick people like her to be among the first entering the market.

2 Finalists Vie To Be 'Master Chef Junior'

It's a big night for two of the youngest and best chefs in the country. The reality cooking show, Master Chef Junior, crowns its first champion on the show's season finale. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to the two finalists and celebrity chef judge Joe Bastianich.

Third-Graders React To Video Games Tracking Their Play

Last week's story about what video game companies are doing to make their games more addictive made an impression on some Washington, D.C., third-graders. They wrote in with their thoughts.
A religion professor at Rutgers University has introduced a one-credit course exploring religious references in Bruce Springsteen's songwriting. The professor says it's important to understand the "broader context" of a writer's work.

Joe Biden Congratulates Wrong Marty Walsh

Boston's real mayor-elect was celebrating at the Park Plaza Hotel. The Marty Walsh Vice President Joe Biden called was sitting on the couch watching TV with his wife. Walsh told the Boston Globe he wasn't surprised at the mix up.He says he knows eight other Mary Walshes.
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