The (Grand)Kids Are Alright

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Actor Mark Ruffalo is also an anti-fracking activist. He and Claire Sandberg, executive director of the group Ruffalo founded, Water Defense, talk about their push for a ban on hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Plus: political news from the Beltway and the campaign trail; John Spooner, financial advisor and guest commentator on Bloomberg National Radio, shares financial advice he’d give his grandchildren; Mexico and U.S. relations in this election year; and linguist David Crystal on The Story of English in 100 Words.  

Ari Shapiro on Romney vs. Obama: Day 1

With wins in Wisconsin, DC, and Maryland, Mitt Romney now has half the delegates needed to win the nomination. And for the first time yesterday, President Obama attacked Romney by name. NPR White House Correspondent, Ari Shapiro, joins from Wisconsin to discuss the 2012 race and other political news.

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Panel Recommends Fewer Tests

A group of medical boards is recommending that doctors perform 45 common tests less often. Dr. John Santa, director of the health ratings center of Consumer Reports, joins us to discuss the implications for health care and costs.

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Mark Ruffalo's Anti-Fracking Efforts

Mark Ruffalo, actor and co-founder of Water Defense, and Claire Sandberg, executive director of Water Defense, discuss their anti-fracking efforts and their renewable energy agenda.

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No One Ever Told Us That

John Spooner, guest commentator on Bloomberg National Radio and author of No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to My Grandchildren, shares letters written to his grandchildren about money and life.

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U.S. Mexico Drug Violence

David Shirk director of the Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the University of San Diego, and Viridiana Rios of Harvard University discuss the new report from TBI about drug violence in Mexico and discusses President Calderon's visit to the White House.

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The Story of English in 100 Words

David Crystal, honorary professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and now author of The Story of English in 100 Words, discusses what certain words tell us about our linguistic history, and takes your calls on which word you think is the most significant.

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