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Why Some Spread Misinformation In Disasters

Superstorm Sandy turned out the lights along the Eastern Seaboard, but Twitter was ablaze with comments. Host Michel Martin looks at the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media during Sandy, including intentional hoaxes. She speaks with Rey Junco of the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society about why some users spread misinformation.

What's The Priority: Unemployment Or Deficit?

The economy added 171,000 jobs in October, but unemployment edged up to 7.9 percent. Unemployment isn't the only economic issue on the table, there's also the deficit. Host Michel Martin speaks with economist and writer Julianne Malveaux and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to see how those two factors affect the economy at large.

Final Pre-Election Jobs Report Can Be Spun By Both Obama And Romney

The final jobs report before Election Day had news both presidential campaigns could use. President Obama can point to the number of new jobs created to claim that his policies are working. And Mitt Romney can point to an uptick in the jobless rate to make the case that the economy is at a standstill.

Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

In August, Capt. Robin Walbridge talked with a Maine video journalist about how the HMS Bounty could handle rough seas. Monday, the ship sank off the coast of North Carolina as Hurricane Sandy roared through. Walbridge is missing. One crew member is dead. Fourteen were rescued.

In Oklahoma, Republicans Take Two Views Toward Taxes

On Tuesday, Tulsa County, Okla., residents vote on ballot measures that would extend a sales tax hike to fund economic development and public works projects. The Republican mayor and local GOP officials — in one of the reddest states in the country — are asking voters to say yes to the taxes.

Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes

Alabama voters decide Tuesday on a measure that would remove Jim Crow-era language from the state constitution. Republican leaders say the language is an embarrassment that deters jobs and investment. But Alabama's black leaders are against the fix, arguing it's a trick to undermine public school funding.

Fixing NYC's Underground Power Grid Is No Easy Task

An army of electrical workers is squirming through the tunnels beneath New York City, checking transformers, cables and power systems. And though it'll likely take days to get everything back online, experts say the storm would have damaged aboveground infrastructure even more drastically.