Election 2012
10:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Are Candidates Ignoring the Poor?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:59 am

President Obama and Governor Romney have discussed the middle class a great deal during the debates, but the candidates haven't spent nearly as much time talking about the poor. To get a read on the state of poverty in America, host Michel Martin talks with Irwin Redlener, of the Children's Health Fund and Timothy Noah, a columnist for The New Republic.

Shots - Health News
10:33 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Tweet Chat: Chasing Down Polio, Eradication In Sight

Ado Ibrahim carries his son Aminu through a village in northern Nigeria. Aminu was paralyzed by polio in August.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:26 pm

Polio is on the ropes.

Thanks to vigorous efforts to eradicate the virus through vaccination, there are only three countries on the face of the earth where polio is still endemic.

Reported cases of the paralytic virus worldwide stand at 177 so far this year compared with 350,000 in the late 1980s.

Can polio be wiped out? The target is within sight.

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It's All Politics
10:32 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Redistricting In Maryland Imperils Longtime Congressional Republican

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Sept. 21, 2011. After two decades in Congress, a redrawn district has put his re-election in question.
T.J. Kirkpatrick The Washington Times /Landov

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Democrats have an uphill battle to take control of the House of Representatives in November. But one bright spot for the party is in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

State Democrats redrew the district's boundaries, and now it favors their party. That leaves 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in trouble.

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Education Overhaul
10:12 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Districts, State Clash Over Teacher Layoff Policy

State Supt. John White is scolding four school districts for including seniority as a factor for consideration in teacher layoff decisions.

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The Two-Way
10:07 am
Fri October 19, 2012

What The ...? Tom Hanks Drops 'F-Bomb' On 'Good Morning America'

TMZ.com was on the story quickly.
TMZ.com

If we were asked to list actors who would be likely to slip up and drop the "f-bomb" on live, national TV, we don't think Tom Hanks would have come to mind.

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On the Ballot
10:01 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Parish Traffic Updates Could Improve Regional Traffic Flow

Ascension Parish residents will vote this election on a new sales tax to fund road improvements throughout the parish.

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The Jim Engster Show
3:16 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Political Blogger Tom Aswell; Biographer Herbie Pilato

Tom Aswell, a top blogger of Louisiana politics, talks with Jim about Gov. Bobby Jindal and transparency in government.

Herbie Pilato drops by the studio to promote and discuss his new biography "Twitch Upon a Star" about famed Bewitched actress Elizabeth Montgomery.

Lauren Stuart, Executive Director & Program Coordinator of the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition, discusses the Louisiana Odyssey Day Event.


Ina Jaffe is a National desk correspondent based at NPR West, NPR's production center in Culver City, Calif.

Covering California and the West, Jaffe has reported on nearly all of the major news events, elections, and natural disasters in the region. Currently, she covers issues related to aging. She also reports on regional and national politics, contributing election coverage in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Public Transit
10:16 am
Wed October 17, 2012

CATS Could Fall Short on Service Promises

Baton Rouge's bus system is expecting revenues to fall millions short of projections. That means it may not be able to fulfill all the promises for more express routes and shorter wait times made during the successful campaign for a transit tax last spring.

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The Jim Engster Show
3:43 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge Bob Downing and Former Sen. Gary Hart Discuss Second Pres. Debate

Judge Bob Downing, one of the most colorful and outspoken judges to ever be on the Louisiana bench, and former U.S. Senator Gary Hart chat with Jim on matters of the court as well as the second of three presidential debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney.


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