Small Talk: News you haven't heard

On the air radio microphone


KAI RYSSDAL: This final note today. We've come to that point in the week's news cycle where we say goodbye to the headlines and the lede stories. And instead see what Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano and the Marketplace staff can come up with.

That's just a taste of what Brendan and Rico can do.

Brendan Newnam:George Judson, managing editor of Marketplace, what are you going to be talking about this weekend?

George Judson: The swine flu vaccine shortages in Canada.

Newnam:I thought that the Canadian health system was perfect.

Judson: It is if you're a hockey player.

Newnam: What's going on?

Judson: Well on the one hand, some people are standing in line for horus. On the other hand, a health care worker was fired for giving preferential treatment to a professional hockey team.

Newnam: That sounds outrageous, but hockey players don't use the dental system in Canada. So maybe they get first dibs on the vaccines.

Judson: Well they're bigger too.

Rico Gagliano: Jeremy Hobson, New York reporter, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Jeremy Hobson: The new frontier, Rico. The Galactic Suite Space Resort Hotel offering a number of rooms at discount rates will be available, starting in 2012.

Gagliano: This is a hotel in space

Hobson: Just $4.5 million for a three-night stay.

Gagliano: And the coin-op vibrating bed takes $1,000 bills only.

Hobson: Yes, it's actually going to accept all universal currencies. But Rico, the hotel staff's sort of out there.

Newnam: Stacey Vanek-Smith, senior reporter for Marketplace, what's your story?

Stacey Vanek-Smith: Well, Mindset Media just did a research on beer.

Newnam: I've been doing research on beer for a decade.

Vanek-Smith: Right, but their research focuses on what a beer says about a person. For example, Bud drinkers are more likely to drive a truck. Heineken drinkers are more likely to drive sports cars. And craft beer drinkers are more like to watch "The Office."

Newnam: Wow.

Vanek-Smith: So, Brendan, I guess the question is, what kind of beer do you drink?

Newnam: Actually, it's red wine and it says that I work for public radio.

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Rico Gagliano is the host of Dinner Party Download.


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