One key Republican criticism of President Obama's proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy is that it would harm small businesses whose owners who make over $250,000 in taxable income. Rep. Paul Ryan put it this way last week in an interview with NPR's Michele Norris:

Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

Oct 3, 2011

Denmark, the land of luscious lardy pork ribs and those famous blue butter cookie tins, is not known for having a major obesity problem.

"E-Mails Reveal Early White House Worries Over Solyndra," reads the headline on the lead story at this hour.

"Donor, Officials Warned Obama Not To Visit Solyndra After Financial Warnings," says

The maker of Four Loko has agreed to make the alcohol content of its big cans a lot easier to figure out.

Soon the alcohol inside will be expressed in the equivalent number of regular beers. The equation: A 23 1/2 ounce cans of Four Loko = 4 1/2 beers.

The new labels, plus a resealable opening so the alcohol-laced drink doesn't have to be consumed in one sitting, came as the Federal Trade Commission alleged that Phusion Projects had understated the amount of alcohol in some of its products. says most solar physicists would likely say that a "puny comet" couldn't set off a "coronal mass ejection" of solar particles.

But check out this video from over the weekend, when a comet struck the sun. The images were animated by, "an open-source project for the visualization of solar and heliospheric data" that is funded by the European Space Agency and NASA.

Bill Chappell is a writer and producer who currently works on The Two Way, NPR's flagship news portal. In the past, he has edited and coordinated digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, in addition to editing the rundown of All Things Considered. He frequently contributes to other NPR blogs, such as All Tech Considered and The Salt.

Some 2,000 rabbits have "overrun" the Canadian town of Canmore, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The bunnies are believed to be the progeny of pets — and their number has doubled in the past four years, according to Canada's CTV.

"There's often about eight on our lawn," one Canmore resident tells CTV. "They're everywhere."

But the same woman also added, "We think they're cute."



WEMU Presents 5:01 Jazz Series
Free Admission 5:01 to 7:00 P.M. NOV. 4, 2011


 It's 5:01 Jazz time again!  Join us for the 2011-12 5:01 Jazz Season Fridays  5:01 p.m. at Live at PJ's in downtown Ann Arbor. 

The free 5:01 Jazz series honors the memory of the late Jan Winkelman, jazz trumpter, student, aficionado, and supporter.  We hope to see you there!


At Live at PJ's 102 S. First St. Ann Arbor

Cheap Marketing Techniques Help Kids Choose More Fruit

Oct 3, 2011

Kids will choose to take a step towards healthier eating by choosing fresh fruit — if you give them a little nudge.

Researchers at Cornell's Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs went into three school cafeterias that had been keeping their fruit in stainless-steel bins behind sneeze guards in the lunch line where kids could barely see it. And they did some strategic rearranging. They moved the fruit into colorful bowls or attractive baskets, and placed them near the cash register.

"General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC posted double-digit sales increases in September, defying the prevailing malaise in the economy," The Detroit News reports. "GM reported U.S. sales of 207,145 vehicles last month, a 20 percent increase over September 2010. Chrysler's domestic sales were up 27 percent."