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October 31, 2013
In our first story, we hear how Secretary Sebelius responds to criticism of the Obamacare website, and we discuss how the law might affect millions of Americans’ existing health care coverage. Next, it’s off to Germany, where officials are angry about alleged, Cold War-style espionage. After reporting on a salvage operation from Blackbeard’s flagship, we discuss the booming business of Halloween.
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Media Literacy Question of the Day:
What are some different types of news stories that could be produced about Halloween? What kinds of video would you select for a news story on Halloween?
Key Concepts: Identify or explain these subjects you heard about in today’s show:
1. health insurance
2. Cold War
3. pirate ship
Fast Facts: How well were you listening to today’s program?
1. What are some recent controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its enrollment website? What did Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius say regarding the website yesterday?
2. Who was the captain of the Queen Anne’s Revenge? What kind of ship was it? Why is it in the news today?
3. What are some popular types of candy given out on Halloween? What are some other things consumers buy for this holiday?
1. What do you think supporters and critics of Obamacare might say regarding the next steps in dealing with this law? In your view, what could each side do to gain public support for its plan? What do you think should be done to address issues concerning Obamacare?
2. How do you think a country’s citizens might view intelligence-gathering or spying? How might their views change depending on whether this was conducted on a nation’s own citizens, its allies, or its rivals? What are your views on intelligence-gathering or spying?
3. What qualities might make a shipwreck historically significant? What do you think might be the potential benefits and challenges of recovering artifacts from a submerged shipwreck?
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