Should fat people pay more to travel?
WHYS' autumnal world tour has reached its natural finishing point - the little clutch of desks in London that we call home. That's it for our 2007 travelling - which isn't such a bad thing for what I have left of a green conscience. We're open to suggestions for next year...
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Here are today's stories...
DO YOU WANT A FAT TAX?
Dr John Tickell is an Australian author and nutritionist and he says it's time to take a stand against obesity... and his suggestion of how to do that is a 'fat tax' which requires people to pay more to fly if they are overweight. He wants to help people lose weight, but some of you are also highlighting the seating benefits of keeping fat people off planes.
Do you think your country's airlines should introduce a 'fat tax'? What about the idea of it applying to all public transport? And of course, just as importantly, regardless of whether you think it's acceptable, would it persuade people to stop eating so much?
THE SPANISH KING V THE VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT
It went something like this. The scene is the Ibero-American Summit in Santiago. Hugo Chavez calls Spain's former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a 'facist'. Spain's King Juan Carlos tells Mr Chavez to "shut up". The next day Mr Chavez asks if the King knew of the coup that briefly removed power from Mr Chavez in 2002.
People are lining up to take sides on this... who do you support?
THE HOMELESS VETERANS
Many of you responded to the story last week that a quarter of homeless Americans are veterans. It was a story we know you wanted to talk about, and we wanted to make sure we got in touch with some of the people directly affected. Today we'll hear from veterans in Nigeria, Russia, the UK and the States to hear why they think so many veterans end up on the streets. If you'd like to speak with them or send them a comment, do get in touch.
GOOD NEWS 1: JOACHIM GIVES US A KISS FM
Joachim is the BBC World Service's business development person for East Africa and he had some happy news for us while we were in the States. Kiss FM is a fantastic Tanzanian station and it's started broadcasting WHYS - something I got very excited about from the safe distance of Phoenix.
Check out KISS FM: http://www.kissfmtz.net/
GOOD NEWS 2: WHYS JOINS KALW IN SAN FRANCISCO
The show we broadcast from SF was in conjunction with the two main public radio stations there - KALW and KQED. I had an inkling KALW might be considering taking WHYS when they interviewed me about the show and said they'd 'play it at a later date'. And it was confirmed when we got back to London. I loved visiting the station - everything from the staff to the programmes to the way there's a school through the office door made me want to stay in touch. Clearly finding a place in their schedule's going to help that. We'll be on KALW in January.
Check out KALW: http://www.kalw.org/
You'd never guess from the length of this post that I've been off for a bit. I shall calm down by tomorrow I promise. Speak to you later.