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8:12am

Sat February 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Nuclear Waste Seeping From Container In Hazardous Wash. State Facility

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 11:24 am

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., in 2010.
Shannon Dininny AP

They thought they'd managed this problem a few years ago. But Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee got a disturbing call Friday from Energy Secretary Steven Chu: Nuclear waste is leaking out of a tank in one of the most contaminated nuclear waste sites in the U.S.

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4:53pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 436: If Economists Controlled The Borders

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:20 am

For the first time in a while, there's political momentum building to change the U.S. immigration system. On today's show, we ask three economists: What would the perfect system look like? If we could scrap the mess of a system that we currently have and replace it with anything, what would it look like?

Among the answers:

  • Let in lots more doctors and engineers
  • Auction off immigration slots to the highest bidders
  • Open the gates, and let everyone in
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1:18pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Planet Money

Should The U.S. Import More Doctors?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:52 pm

iStockphoto.com

People around the world want the same thing from their doctors. First, do no harm. Second, take a look at this weird bump and tell me if I should get worried.

The job is basically the same in many countries around the world. But the pay is wildly different. The median salary for U.S. doctors is about $250,000 a year. In Western Europe, it's less than half that. In developing countries, the salaries are even lower.

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12:01pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Agriculture

Survey Results Pinpoint Drought Problems Plaguing Colorado Ranchers, Farmers

At the Governor's Forum on Agriculture, a crowd hears inital results from a CSU Drought Survey.
Grace Hood

As drought persists across the country and in Colorado, the word “uncertainty” increasingly comes up in farming and ranching conversations.

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12:00pm

Fri February 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Airbus Pulls Lithium-Ion Battery Out Of Its A350

A tail of an Airbus long-haul A350 XWB under construction at the European aircraft maker's assembly line in France.
AFP/Getty Images

Boeing's European rival Airbus announced a significant change to its A350-XWB airliner on Friday: It is abandoning plans to use a lithium-ion battery, the same kind that has caused Boeing so much trouble with its 787 Dreamliner.

The A350 is Airbus' version of the Dreamliner — a lighter, more fuel efficient plane made primarily out of a carbon fiber instead of aluminum and steel.

The New York Times explains:

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