Oct 6, 2017

10/06/2017: Kids, carnivals and research funding

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Congress has yet to strike a deal on the Children's Health Insurance Program. We hear what this means for kids in need of medical care. Plus: It's been over 20 years since the federal government fully funded gun violence prevention…

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The CHIP funding cliff could cost thousands of kids their health insurance

Oct 6, 2017
CHIP helped insure 9 million children, and its funding expired last month. What happens next depends on where you live.
University of Miami Pediatrician, Dr. Gwen Wurm, does a checkup on Christina Brownlee, 5, at the University of Miami Pediatric clinic October 3, 2007 in Miami, Florida.
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What we don't know about gun violence

Oct 6, 2017
And how funding for gun violence research could make a difference.
Semi-automatic rifles are seen for sale in a gun shop in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 4, 2017. 
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Solar power could be a model for Puerto Rico beyond Hurricane Maria

Oct 6, 2017
Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, only a fraction of residents have electricity. The rest are facing a months-long wait for power. Now, a number of companies are looking to solar power, not just as a disaster response,…

Changing the way we measure inflation could boost Social Security benefits

Using an index that's representative of retirees would mean a bigger monthly check, but it's a tough sell.
Social Security checks are placed in bins before they are mailed at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 20005.
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Who's behind political ads on Facebook?

A new tool from ProPublica hopes to find out.

Migrant workers keep carnivals running

Oct 6, 2017
The documentary “Farewell Ferris Wheel” looks at the world of Mexican migrant workers at carnivals.
"Farewell Ferris Wheel" follows a group of migrant workers from Mexico who come to the U.S. on H-2B visas to work.
Jamie Sisley & Miguel "M.i.G." Martinez

Congress has yet to strike a deal on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. We hear what this means for kids in need of medical care. Plus: It’s been over 20 years since the federal government fully funded gun violence prevention research. We talk about the impact of this. And how one man is trying to keep the U.S. carnival industry afloat using a controversial migrant worker visa.