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Insight: Proposition 33 / Pet Tales: Boarding / Gargoyle Bat / From the Top


 
 
Proposition 33 Proposition 33 would allow insurance companies to base prices on whether a driver previously carried auto insurance.  Currently, insurance companies can only base prices on a person's driving record.  Proponents of Prop 33 say it stimulates competition between insurance companies and drives down cost of auto coverage by allowing drivers with uninterrupted coverage to shop around their "continuous coverage" discount. Opponents say insurance companies will pay for those discounts by raising rates on new drivers and people with lapsed coverage.  A similar initiative narrowly failed in 2010 but this new version makes exceptions for active-duty military and long-term unemployed whose insurance has lapsed, which may make it more attractive to voters.
 
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Pet Tales: Boarding The holidays are fast approaching and you've got a big trip planned to Tahoe or Maui, or even the East Coast to visit your family.  In previous years you may have dropped off Fido at your friend's house and given Boots an extra bowl of Friskies on your way out of town and called it a plan.  But wait.  This year your friend is in Europe and Boots has urinary tract infection.  Do you cancel your holiday plans or do you look into boarding?  Can you still get a reservation to board your pet this late in the year?  Can you board a sick animal?  Is there such thing as a pet-sitter?  Here to explain the "inns" and outs of boarding your furry (or scaly) friend is Gina Spadafori, a pet expert who has co-authored several pet books with Dr. Marty Becker.
 
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Gargoyle Bat For students intimidated by thick classic texts, "Gargoyle Bat" is just the right size. Written by Del Jack, a local retired teacher, the book is designed to appeal to high school-age readers who have low reading skills, but a high interest in the plot: a whirlwind mix of danger, Brtish and American culture, and teenage romance. Del joins us in studio today to talk about the book--which was a career in the making.
 
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From the Top NPR's weekly program "From the Top" features talented young musicians from around the country in a live radio broadcast. This week, the touring show comes to a local theatre, the Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Join us as we talk with 16-year-old flutist Annie Wu, 11-year-old violinist Alex Zhou, and "From the Top" producer David Balsom.
 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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