Take Two for October 17, 2013


Calculating the real cost of the government shutdown

A preliminary analysis by Standard and Poor's pegs the cost of the shutdown at $24 billion. That's just a tiny fraction of the nation's almost $15 trillion economy, but the political standoff had a powerful negative effect on many small businesses.
Dori's Tea Cottage
With the shutdown over, National Parks are re-opening in California. Yosemite opened its gates last night after Congress reached a deal.
Tommy Thompson Kicks Off Medicare Drug Card Enrollment

What you need to know about Medicare open enrollment

If you're a Medicare recipient and you're confused about whether the Affordable Care Act affects the choices you make this year, KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill says you can relax.
Ask Emily
Turns out Emily has been so bombarded by questions of late, we thought it would be good to squeeze in an additional chat this week.
IHS Albuquerque Area Headquarters

Exemption to ACA could leave many Native Americans uninsured

Native Americans are one of just a few groups that won't be fined if they don't buy insurance, but the level of care they receive won't get any better either.
The Mexican national basketball team is coming off an unlikely championship run at the FIBA Americas in Venezuela, beating out traditional regional power houses such as Argentina and Brazil.

Director Kimberly Peirce on resurrecting 'Carrie'

This reboot of "Carrie" was directed by Kimberly Peirce, who also directed the 1999 hit "Boys Don't Cry." Peirce joins Take Two to talk about "Carrie" and how she studied the original source material very carefully.
Sign Painters - 1
When billboards do their job right, they get your attention. Rarely do they inspire you to say, “wow!” In downtown Los Angeles, though, there’s a great reason to look up.
Mayor Garcetti And Gov. Brown Sign Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants Driver's License Eligibility
Take Two's State of Affairs examined the Democratic governor's third term. You can listen to the full audio here.

Were prehistoric cave paintings actually drawn by women?

Academics have long agreed that the detailed paintings of epic hunts and battles found on the inside of caves were mostly created by men. But a new analysis is raising some questions about the gender of the artists.
Delta Series

For many, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a place called home

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.
Asian Evangelical

Asian-American Christians protest Saddleback Church Facebook post

Racial tensions flared between some Asian-American Christians and the evangelical community recently in the wake of a pair of incidents involving the influential Southern California pastor Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.
Tea Party activists attend a June rally on the grounds of the Capitol.

Gary Eaton sings shutdown songs from the Tea Party's POV

The partial government shutdown has now come to an end, but it has left behind some rather negative sentiment toward the Tea Party.

Rare Stejneger's beaked whale found in Venice Beach

Yesterday a rare whale called the Stejneger's beaked whale was found in Venice beach. It's identified by saber-like teeth.
Animal Sanctuary Needs £200,000 To Avoid Closure

Dinner Party Download: Wine for cats, lost words, beer flood

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
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