According to a recent study, more than half of the Mississippians who file for bankruptcy do so because they cannot pay their medical bills. Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell tells host Michel Martin what's causing such devastating costs.
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.
The California health exchange has focused on drumming up interest in coverage during the first month of operation. Certified enrollment counselors can barely keep up with the requests for assistance that are rolling in.
The back story on Twitter's founding is profiled as the social giant prepares for its public stock offering; the site to help consumers buy health insurance gets more scrutiny; and NPR goes to the quiet zone — all in this week's tech roundup.
President Obama and House Republicans get their fiscal discussions rolling... A devastating new poll concentrates Republican minds... Senate Republicans work with their Democratic colleagues on a potential solution.
With the partial government shutdown in its 11th day, there's much speculation about a possible break in negotiations between the White House and Republicans. But despite the noise, very little seems firm.
Opponents of a proposed marijuana tax have been handing out free joints at rallies. An ethics group insists the pot must be disclosed as a campaign contribution. Now the mayor of Denver wants to act. He tells Colorado Public Radio he's proposing to outlaw handouts of free weed in city parks.
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