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2:04pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bad Economy Means Medicare Will Run Out Of Cash Sooner

The latest financial checkup for Medicare finds the health program for the elderly and disabled won't be able to pay for all benefits due starting in 2024.

The insolvency date for Medicare comes five years sooner than the estimate in last year's annual report by its trustees. A crummy economy shoulders a lot of the blame for the deterioration.

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1:59pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Planet Money

An Internet Rock Star Tells All

Jonathan Coulton's songs almost never get played on the radio. He doesn't have a contract with a music label. Yet he's a one man counterargument to the idea that musicians can't make money making music.

In 2010, Coulton's music brought in about $500,000 in revenue. And since his overhead costs are very low, most of that money went straight to him.

Did he ever expect to make that kind of money as a musician?

"Of course not," he says. "This is absurd."

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1:54pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

World Has Simplistic View Of Events In Syria, Says Reporter Who Sneaked In

One of the few Western journalists who has been able to get in to Syria to see the protests there and the crackdown by the regime of President Bashar Assad says he was "surprised at how much support President Assad himself still has."

Martin Fletcher, associate editor at The Times of London, spoke with All Things Considered host Robert Siegel earlier today.

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1:29pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Police Turn To Billboards In Search For Suspects In Giants' Fan Beating

More than 200 billboards began springing up around Los Angeles today in an attempt to identify two men police suspect were involved in the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in Dodger Stadium on opening day.

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1:22pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Music Interviews

Jason Moran Takes Fats Waller Back To The Club

Fats Waller's stride piano style was in demand at rent parties and millionaires' mansions. Somehow, he pulled everyone in and got them to dance.
Evening Standard Hulton Archive

In Depression-era New York jazz clubs, "Fats" Waller was known for getting the party jumping. Now, musicians Jason Moran and Me'Shell Ndegeocello are collaborating on a new project that transforms Waller's rollicking stride piano style into contemporary dance music.

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