As the foreclosure crisis continues, abandoned properties have become a growing problem in neighborhoods nationwide. This month, the Worcester, Mass., health board approved a plan that will enable the town to post the names and contact information of property owners on rundown, vacant buildings.
Iraq Withdrawal Deadline
The deadline for U.S. troops to be completely out of Iraq under the Status of Forces Agreement is drawing near. Some critics say we should be out as soon as possible, and focus resources in other places in the region. Others say it's too soon — U.S. troops need to stay longer to address the political and security concerns in the country. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR correspondent Mike Shuster and Ted Koppel, commentator for NPR news, about the political and security concerns in Iraq, as well as preparations for the end of the year draw-down.
As the economy slowly struggles to recover, foreclosure rates continue to run high. The town of Webster, Massachusetts has come up with an innovative effort to deal with these properties once they are deemed nuisances: "walls of shame." If property owners do not respond to complaints once the health board issues an "order to correct," a 4-by-8 foot sign with the name and contact information for the owner will be posted in front of the property. Host Neal Conan talks with a city official about this unique approach to dealing with dilapidated buildings.
Author Frank Luntz On Words That Work
Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 "because he, more than any other political figure, understood what was happening in the country at that time, and had an innate ability to communicate it right back. Clinton was a man of the people - he felt our pain and knew how to connect with us." So writes Republican pollster Frank Luntz in his new book, Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Luntz, who takes credit for coining the phrase "death tax" and helping brand the Contract with America, shifts his focus from politics to the corporate world in his new book. Neal Conan speaks with Luntz about how messaging and language are essential to selling anything from an iPod to health policy.