Rundown 11/9

Cholera Spreads To Port-au-Prince

A woman suffering from cholera symptoms is helped by volunteers at the hospital in Archaie, Haiti. (AP)
A woman suffering from cholera symptoms is helped by volunteers at the hospital in Archaie, Haiti. (AP)

Health officials have confirmed that a 3-year-old boy from a Port-au-Prince tent city has contracted cholera.  The finding is the first clear sign that Haiti's growing epidemic has spread from outlying areas to the country's crowded capital.  In Port-au-Prince, nearly half of the population is still living in tents after the January 12th earthquake. We get an update from Haiti with the BBC's Laura Trevelyan, who tells us about efforts to contain the outbreak that's already killed more than 500.

Ayn Rand in 1957. (© Phyllis Cerf)
Ayn Rand in 1957. (© Phyllis Cerf)

Ayn Rand Writing Offers Glimpse Into Rand Paul

Kentucky's Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul says though he wasn't named after Ayn Rand, he is a fan of the author. Her advocacy in favor of unregulated markets continues to resonate and push up sales of her novel "Atlas Shrugged." The book ranks third on Amazon's list of Classic Literature and Fiction. So why are her books still so popular? Jennifer Burns, professor of history at the University of Virginia, offers some answers in her book, "Goddess Of The Market: Ayn Rand And The American Right." We first spoke with Burns in 2009.

Democrats Ready To Battle Over Leadership Roles

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she wants to stay on as head of the Democrats in the new Congress has set off a battle for the number two spot. Current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Jim Clayburn of South Carolina, the House’s highest-ranking African-American are both rallying their allies in bids to become minority whip. The contest could reflect the direction of Democrats in the new Congress, with Hoyer being more moderate and Clayburn more progressive. Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News and host of the ABC News/Washington Post political webcast “Top Line,” discusses the leadership battle.

More Moms Are Turning To Alcohol After Kids Are In Bed

A National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration report shows the number of women arrested for drunk driving increased by 30% between 1998 and 2007.   Many of these women are mothers who are largely keeping their addictions a secret while they lead functional lives and hold down day jobs.  Pulitzer Prize-winning St. Petersburg Times writer Lane DeGregory wrote about addicted mothers in her Working Mother magazine article, "Addicted Moms: Everybody Knows Somebody."

Middle School Football Team's Trick Play Makes Them Famous

Innovative And Inexpensive Cable Shows Give Networks A Run For Their Money

In this image released by FX channel, Ron Perlman, left, and Charlie Hunnam are shown in a scene from "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. (AP)
In this image released by FX channel, Ron Perlman, left, and Charlie Hunnam are shown in a scene from "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. (AP)

There are a lot more shows on cable besides water cooler fare like Mad Men.   Basic cable is filling the airwaves with programs such as FX's Sons of Anarchy, Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, USA's Royal Pains and TNT's Men of a Certain Age. These shows cost much less than network fare to produce, they appeal to niche audiences and have given many well-known actors a chance to showcase their acting talents. We speak to Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Chozick about the phenomenon.

Music From The Show

  • Kar Kar Madison, "Boubacar Traore"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Fred Hersch, "Desafinado"
  • Radiohead, "Where I End and You Begin"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"

This program aired on November 9, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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