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Day December 22, 2005

Un-Retirees Are Happier if they are Self-Employeed

Andrew Coombs:

A substantial portion of older Americans now in the work force chose to return there after retiring, and how well they’re enjoying their labor now depends a lot on whether they’re self-employed, according to two new reports.
About 10% of workers 40 and older are retirees who’ve returned to the work force, according to a recent survey that screened more than 17,200 workers to find retirees who went back to work, conducted for Putnam Investments by Brightwork Partners, a research firm.

Best Songs of 2005

All Songs Considered:

ll Songs Considered host Bob Boilen counts down listener picks for the 10 best CDs of 2005, with NPR music reviewers Will Hermes, Tom Moon and Meredith Ochs. They also share some of their own favorites from the year and take calls from listeners. This program originally webcast live on NPR.org Dec. 16, 2005. Below are the top 10 CDs of 2005 chosen in our online poll, with select comments from the listeners who love them.

Our Tax Dollars at Work

Jennifer LeClaire:

The Digital Transition Content Security Act would embed anticopying technology into the next generation of digital video products. If it makes its way from Capitol Hill to the Oval Office and becomes law, the measure will outlaw the manufacture or sale of electronic devices that convert analog video signals into digital video signals, effective one year from its enactment. PC-based tuners and digital video recorders are listed among the devices.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr., a Wisconsin Republican, introduced the bill, which is backed by Democratic Rep. John Conyers. Sensenbrenner’s goal is to protect analog content from theft, which has been made easier in the wake of the transition to digital technologies.

This is obviously an important issue for Sensenbrenner’s constituents…. (and Conyer’s Michigan voters). The power of money.