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Radio Still Key in Presidential Elections
November 1, 2000
The presidential candidates are covering a lot of physical territory during the last days of the campaign, and their ads are highly visible on television. But radio still provides the most affordable way of delivering specific political messages. And with what appears to be the closest presidential race in 40 years, airwaves in the swing states are awash with ads, most aimed at narrow audiences. audio button The intent is not to change minds on the issues, but to remind supporters to get out and vote on election day. Listen as NPR's Don Gonyea samples some of the political plugs heard on the radio.

Trade Retreats as Election Issue
November 1, 2000
Despite loud protests a year ago when the World Trade Organization met in Seattle, and a bitter debate in Congress over normalizing trade with China, the topic of free trade hasn't really been featured in the campaign for the White House. In fact, labor leaders who bitterly disagreed with Vice President Al Gore's support for opening up international trade agreements are still backing him for president. audio buttonThey believe Democrat Gore would do more to protect U.S. workers from the effects of the new trade deals than would Gore's Republican opponent, Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Listen as NPR's Kathleen Schalch reports for Morning Edition about trade issues and the campaign.

Education Proposition Could Transform California Schools
October 31, 2000
Mark Keppel High School is literally crumbling into chunks just outside of Los Angeles. There are gaps in the walls. The pipes are corroded. There are only two indoor bathrooms for 2,000 students. And the computer room has so few electrical outlets that the circuits break two or three times a school period. California voters are considering two initiatives this election season that could dramatically change Mark Keppel High School and the state's other public schools. audio button A voucher plan is getting the most attention, but Proposition 39 may prove more significant for California's six million students. The proposition would change the way money is raised and distributed for education, potentially pumping much-needed cash into the devastated schools. Listen as NPR's Robert Smith reports on Morning Edition.

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