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The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo: The Old Rules No Longer Apply

The embargo led to long gas lines and shaped U.S. foreign policy to this day. However, the world energy market has changed dramatically over the past four decades, and the U.S. now gets less than 10 percent of its oil from the Middle East.

Innovation: A Portable Generator Charges Devices With Fire

The FlameStower can cook a pot of rice and charge a cellphone at the same time. This innovation has the potential to bring power to people in developing countries who have cellphones but not electricity.

Do Bob Filner Or Christine Beatty Have Any Defenders?

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty this week to several charges stemming from allegations against him of sexual harassment. Meanwhile, the mistress of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has told all to Essence magazine. The ladies of the Beauty Shop weigh in on hot topics of the week.

Staying Put: Why Income Inequality Is Up And Geographic Mobility Is Down

Most migration is driven by economics, but Americans are no longer packing up their bags in search of a better life. Journalist Timothy Noah tells host Michel Martin why income inequality is up and geographic mobility has gone down.

Michel Martin's Movie Suggestions For Politicians

Some politicians and commentators amp up their rhetoric at the expense of the facts. In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin suggests that they get a reality check... at the movies.

Banksy's Latest Work Takes On The Meat Industry ... With Puppets

The street artist's latest piece is called "Sirens of the Lambs," and it features a bunch of cuddly puppet animals peeking out of a slaughterhouse truck, squealing with fear. The truck is set to tour around New York City for the next week and a half.

Hitches On Health Exchanges Hinder Launch Of Insurance Co-op

Maryland-based Evergreen Health Co-op is one of nearly two dozen nonprofit insurers created by the health act. They will be owned by the policyholders and are supposed to add competition and lower prices for coverage. But they can't do either without customers.


N.J. Goes To Polls To Fill Vacant U.S. Senate Seat

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, is favored to win against his Republican rival, Steve Lonegan.

When Will The Government Run Out Of Money?

Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to pay its bills. Here's a graph showing some of the big payments coming due.

Wednesday Morning Political Mix

Collapse of Republican House efforts to avoid the nation's default has moved action to the Senate, where leaders say they're close to a deal.