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Spouses’ Role in GOP Primary, Reagan’s Record on Taxes, Cleanup at Fukushima, Sketches from WWII Battlefields: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: The Iowa Caucus is tonight, and some candidates say they wouldn’t be on the stump if not for spousal encouragement. We’ll speak with journalists who’ve been covering the campaign thus far about the role of candidates’ spouses and other family members in running for office.

1:12pm: On the campaign trail, GOP candidates like to compare themselves to Ronald Reagan—especially his record as a tax-cutter. But this weekend, 60 Minutes became the latest news organization to put that record under the microscope. In an interview with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, reporter Leslie Stahl pointed out that Reagan did compromise when he raised taxes. We’ll speak to Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, about Reagan’s real record.

1:35pm: Nearly a year after the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Power Plant are said to be under control, but the huge task of cleaning up the contamination is just beginning. We’ll find out why progress is so slow.

“Dash to Ft. Freudenberg, Maginot Line, Dec. 1944” by Joseph Farris1:50pm: Joe Farris is famous for his urbane cartoons in The New Yorker, but you may see those cartoons in a new light after you take a look at his new book. It’s called A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From The Front Lines of World War II. It features watercolor sketches of battlefields and fellow soldiers who didn’t make it home, plus many of the hundreds of letters he wrote home while he was in the service. We’ll talk to him about his work and his experiences overseas.

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Rick Perry’s Flat Tax Plan, Japanese Governor’s Plan for Earthquake Reconstruction, Halloween Spending, and Rita Moreno: Today on Here and Now

1:06: Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is hoping to lift his poll numbers and is rolling out an economic plan today that includes a flat tax proposal. It also includes private retirement accounts for Social Security and a lower corporate tax rate. He’s branding it the “Cut, Balance, and Grow” plan. We’ll learn more about it and what responses have been.

1:12pm: In Japan these days, there’s a sense that the post-earthquake and tsunami reconstruction is just as stalled as the economy, which has been in a slump for the past two decades. But not if the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, ground zero for the March 11th disaster, has anything to say about it. He has a plan, and a promise: Governor Yoshihiro Murai says he will not drink a drop of alcohol until the more than 300,000 homeless people are able to move back into permanent homes. We’ll talk about whether it will make a difference, with Aki Ito, economics reporter for Bloomberg News at Bloomberg News in Tokyo, and Jonathan Levine Ogura, an American expatriate living in Iwate, northern Japan.

1:35pm: The people who crunch the numbers on holiday spending say Halloween is an important day for retailers. The National Retail Federation says people will spend $6.9 billion this year on Halloween confections, costumes, and doodads. Beth Teitell from the Boston Globe joins us to explain.

1:40pm: Rita Moreno shares with us her memories of West Side Story and a lifetime of performing.

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Parts Shortage Prompts Closure Of Ford Truck Plant

The Ford Motor Company has announced it will close its Louisville truck plant for a week.

Next week’s shutdown is the result of potential supply disruptions stemming from the earthquake in Japan and decreased demand for the vehicles.

The Ford Kentucky Truck Plant on Chamberlain Lane makes the F-250 and F-350 heavy duty pickup trucks, and the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator large SUVs.

The automaker had already planned to idle production at the plant later this quarter.

The company’s manager of sales analysis says Ford decided to shut the plant earlier than scheduled “to address a short supply of components.”

George Pipas adds that slowing demand for full-sized trucks also factored into the decision.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)