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Obama And Romney Both Strong In Second Debate

Oct 19, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Barack Obama Campaign / Mitt Romney Campaign

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both put in strong performances in the second Presidential debate, according to Southeast Missouri State University political science professor and debate coach Larry Underberg. But in the final analysis, he says Obama won the debate.

There were two important issues that Obama won - fair pay for women and Libya.

Underberg think Obama did not fully capitalize on the fair pay for women question, but Romney tripped on his “binders full of women” comment.

Chris Nowinski is co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute.
Sports Legacy Institute

Chris Nowinski’s background is a little different than most professional wrestlers. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in sociology. He fought under the moniker “Chris Harvard” in the WWE in the early 2000’s, but repeated concussions forced him into retirement.

This experience led Nowinski to write the book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis. He then co-founded Sports Legacy Institute in 2007 with the same doctor who treated his post-concussion syndrome. Together, they research the impacts that repeated head injuries have on athletes’ brains.

Amish Farmers Take The Progressive Road

Oct 12, 2012
Amish Sign
Clay Masters / Harvest Public Media

This year’s drought has damaged crops, but it hasn’t hurt the price of farmland. In Iowa, prices are up almost 8 percent just since March. That’s forcing a lot of small farmers to make some tough decisions, including Amish farmers in that state who are breaking tradition so they can afford to stay on the land.