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11:39am

Tue January 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Los Angeles Set To Approve Condom Requirement In Porn Shoots

A condom.
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The Los Angeles City Council is poised to approve a measure today that would require adult film stars to wear condoms when making films. The AP reports that last week, the council voted 11-1 for preliminary approval.

The new requirement is controversial in the porn industry. NPR's Alex Cohen explored the issue back in 2010. Essentially, the industry claims condoms hurt sales and their method of testing actors every 30 days is effective.

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11:26am

Tue January 17, 2012
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should The U.N. Admit Palestine As A Full Member State?

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 8:20 am

Mustafa Barghouthi (from left), Daniel Levy, debate moderator John Donvan, Dore Gold and Aaron David Miller speak before an audience in New York on the motion "The U.N. Should Admit Palestine As A Full Member State."
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Last September, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas requested full membership to the United Nations for a state of Palestine.

With negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders at a stalemate, is there another approach that could offer a diplomatic solution for peace?

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11:08am

Tue January 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Obesity Epidemic May Have Peaked In U.S.

The nation's obesity epidemic appears to have hit a plateau, according to the latest federal data released Tuesday.

Obesity soared in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s, doubling among adults and tripling among children. That raised widespread alarm and debate about the causes and possible solutions. Obesity can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious health problems.

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11:01am

Tue January 17, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Screaming Females: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 8:38 am

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10:58am

Tue January 17, 2012
Planet Money

Does Wall Street Need Downsizing? (Part II)

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:13 am

Note: This is the second of two related posts.

In his latest New York Times Magazine column, Adam Davidson writes that Wall Street, "play[s] the crucial role of intermediation — matching borrowers with lenders. Most of the time, the industry does this extremely well." Of course, sometimes the industry does it poorly. So how often does Wall Street engage in valueless lending?

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