Originally published on Sat December 31, 2011 9:04 pm
Because the news media abhor the absence of drama as much as nature supposedly detests vacuums, Rick Santorum's rise in recent polls of likely Iowa Republican presidential primary caucus voters definitely scratches a journalistic itch.
Santorum's ascent to the top three in Iowa polls, along with Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, has spiced up the race, especially after the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania spent so many months stuck in the caboose of GOP candidates.
Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with Echinacea? Many herb teas contain it, and many people swear by it as a cold remedy. But I’ve also seen headlines saying that the herb has no medicinal value whatsoever. Can you set the record straight? -- Arlene Hixson, Portland, ME
Dear EarthTalk: There are a number of companies out there now doing “energy audits” for the home, after which they try to sell you attic insulation and other products and services. Is this just a scam or would it be wise for me to look into this? -- Bill Richards., New York, NY
Garrison Keillor hosts a three hour broadcast from Hawaii, with our actors - Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Fred Newman - and Erica Rhodes; Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Heather Masse, plus special guest performers, including slack key guitar and ukulele master, Led Kaapana. The broadcast will include - Guy Noir, Lives of the Cowboys and The News from Lake Wobegon. Information is available at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/
"A Season's Griot" is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 18 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples. This year's program will explore the concept of peace through storytelling, music and voices from the streets. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will be in place with plenty of music, and the program will again feature Beverly Fields Burnette, current President of the N.C.
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, an
The New Hampshire Citizens’ Alliance is a non-partisan group that encourages political and civic engagement. Claire Cavanaugh had never been politically active until she went to a Citizens’ Alliance voter outreach event.
Next week on the Exchange, we kick off the new year with a favorite from our archive vault as we talk with author Charles Mann on his book 1493. Then our Issue Tuesday's series continues with a look at where the GOP candidates stand on fiscal policy and such issues as taxation, entitlement spending, and the national debt. We follow up on the results of the Iowa caucus and what they might mean for the New Hampshire Primary, and we get an update and outlook on the Granite State’s economy.