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Rundown for December 20, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 4 Comments

Critics Take Aim As More Health Law Rules Relaxed

Insurers are criticizing a surprise move last night by the Obama administration to relax rules for people whose health insurance policies were canceled.

12:15 PM EDT Comment

Long Road Ahead For Colorado Flood Victims

Many people in Colorado will remember 2013 as the year when mother nature struck with a vengeance. Lesley McClurg of Colorado Public Radio checks in with flood victims trying to get back on their feet.

12:20 PM EDT 6 Comments

Defrocking Opens Deep Divide Among Methodists

Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding, is appealing the decision. He joins us.

12:25 PM EDT 22 Comments

‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension Riles Conservatives

Cable network A&E has suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family at the center of the reality show “Duck Dynasty,” after he made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ.

12:35 PM EDT 2 Comments

What’s In A Name?

Michigan Radio reporter Jennifer Guerra — who’s due to have child soon — sets out to answer the question: What role do names play in a child’s future?

12:40 PM EDT 5 Comments

Obama Commutes Sentences For 8 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

President Obama has reduced the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted of crack cocaine offenses, most of whom were in prison for life.

12:50 PM EDT 2 Comments

A Resurgence Of Electronic Classical Music

Electronic sounds have become pretty familiar in pop songs. But electronically-produced sounds are also making their way into classical music, leading to new and interesting works.

1:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Obama: 2014 Can Be Breakthrough Year For America

At his annual year-end news conference, President Obama said 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and slow recovery.

1:15 PM EDT Comment

Chicago Officials Cite Improving Crime Rate

In 2012, the city of Chicago saw more homicides than any other in the country. But according to one new study, crime in Chicago has dipped to a 40-year low.

1:20 PM EDT Comment

Bourbon Makers Outside Kentucky Could Spark Innovation

Not all bourbon is made in the Bluegrass State. Devin Katayama of WFPL reports that the expansion of bourbon outside Kentucky could help develop the next American taste.

1:25 PM EDT Comment

National Geographic’s ‘Digital Nomad’ Roams the World

For a little over three years, Andrew Evans has roamed the world as National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad.” We get some travel recommendations from him.

1:35 PM EDT Comment

US Economy Expands At 4.1 Percent Rate

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously believed.

1:40 PM EDT 2 Comments

Target Fallout Continues After Security Breach

A class-action lawsuit was filed last night by a California shopper — the first of what lawyers expect to be a torrent of similar suits.

1:50 PM EDT 26 Comments

Mr. Cohen’s Choir Music For Christmas

Robin Young’s former high school choir director, Ron Cohen, brings us his picks for choral Christmas music.

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

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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.

June 2 13 Comments

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Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.