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Rundown for October 29, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Former Intelligence Officer: ‘Don’t Surrender To Leakers’

Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA says Americans “would be the losers” if the U.S. lets flaps over spying stop it from conducting secret intelligence gathering.

12:15 PM EDT 7 Comments

NY Support Group Offers Lifeline For Sandy Victims

One year after Hurricane Sandy, many storm victims continue to cope with loss. In Long Beach, a free weekly support group has become an important source of comfort and strength.

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A Different Kind Of Autumn Harvest: Yellow Jackets

A Connecticut man collects yellow jackets to help out homeowners and people with allergies. He then sells the stinging insects to medical labs, for use in immunotherapy treatments.

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Increasing Reliance On Contractors As US Leaves Afghanistan

The lack of government oversight of private contractors could mean that millions of dollars will be squandered in the costliest reconstruction of another country in U.S. history.

12:50 PM EDT 24 Comments

The Perfect College Essay? Check Your Exaggeration, Drama And Self-Aggrandizing At The Door

About 750,000 students will be writing college essays this season. Educational consultant Dave Marcus joins Here & Now to discuss what makes a good one — and a bad one.

1:06 PM EDT Comment

Lawmakers Summon Medicare Chief To Explain Failures

Marilyn Tavenner, one of the Obama administration officials who most closely supervised, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee today.

1:15 PM EDT 2 Comments

Pakistani Drone Victims Speak On Capitol Hill

Today, the House of Representatives will hear from Pakistanis who have been affected by drone strikes in their country. Rep. Alan Grayson of Fla. has convened the briefing.

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A Year After Sandy, Jersey Shore Town Counts Its Blessings

On this first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Here & Now checks in with the mayor of Union Beach, N.J., about how his community is recovering and remembering.

1:25 PM EDT 4 Comments

Swaddling Can Lead To Hip Problems If Done Incorrectly

New parents all over the world use the practice of swaddling — wrapping a baby up tightly in a blanket. But a new study warns that if done wrong, it can cause hip dysplasia.

1:35 PM EDT 3 Comments

Infosys Expected To Pay $35M Fine For Alleged Work Visa Fraud

Indian software giant and outsourcing firm Infosys is expected to pay a $35 million fine to settle work visa fraud charges — the largest fine of its kind in United States history.

1:40 PM EDT Comment

Looking Back At NYC Outages During Sandy

One year ago today, Superstorm Sandy left part of Manhattan completely in the dark and without cell coverage. We talk with a coffee shop owner and an expert on the city’s electrical infrastructure.

1:50 PM EDT 2 Comments

Perhaps Contraption: ‘Twisted Brass, Avant Pop Marching Band’

The members of the London-based band Perhaps Contraption are a mix of conservatory-trained musicians and musicians from the art rock scene. Here & Now is joined by the whole band.

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

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