Marketplace for Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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The U.S. is now 81 percent self-sufficient when it comes to energy. Congress passed legislation that will open up more of the sky to unmanned aircrafts. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified to the Senate today on his outlook for the economy. What happens to a super PAC whose candidate pulls out of the race? Health reporter Gregory Warner explores the problems with hospital readmissions. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Patricia Cohen about her new book on the middle age.
Posted In: super PAC
The end of a political campaign does not mean the end of a super PAC. In fact, candidates who pull out of a race have no claim to the unused cash, and PAC staffers can use this so-called zombie money however they want after the candidate drops out.
Posted In: middle age, aging
In the 1920s, an entire industry devoted to denying age and inviting youth emerged. The "midlife industrial complex," as author Patricia Cohen describes it, created a culture that pressures middle-aged adults to pass as young.
Posted In: Health, health care, health care reform law
Starting this fall, hospitals that readmit the same patients over and over in a short period of time will be fined. That has medical providers looking for better ways to keep people healthy when they're off hospital grounds.