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Rundown for November 5, 2012
12:06 PM EST 4 Comments

Early Voting Chaos In Florida

Are we seeing a repeat of the problems that pushed the results of the 2000 presidential election in Florida all the way to the Supreme Court?

12:10 PM EST Comment

Election Problems Follow In Sandy’s Wake

Election officials in New Jersey are scrambling to make sure that the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy doesn’t prevent people from voting.

12:15 PM EST 2 Comments

Lawyers Brace For Election Challenges

Lawyers for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be heading to the polls tomorrow in droves, watching out for election problems. Provisional ballots in Ohio could be a problem, so could absentee ballots in Florida.

12:35 PM EST 48 Comments

Will Puerto Rico Become The 51st State?

For the fourth time in 45 years, the question of statehood is on the ballot in the American territory. Analysts say the island’s hurting economy could make this vote different from the ones that came before it.

12:40 PM EST 4 Comments

Helping Kids Cope With Superstorm Sandy

As storm cleanup from Sandy continues, it raises questions about how to talk to children about natural disasters. Sesame Street’s Elmo is among those trying to offer some comfort to kids.

12:50 PM EST 3 Comments

Steve Almond On Writing In Dialects: ‘Sometimes Ye Jist Dae It’

Steve Almond takes a look at how dialects and accents are used in books from Irvin Welsh’s new novel “Skagboys” to Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.

December 16 Comment

‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 4 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."