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Remember when living alone carried something of a stigma? According to the latest research, those days are gone. Nearly half of adult Americans are single, nearly a third of all households have just one resident. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Judy Muller looks at this phenomenon, what's driving it, and the consequences for those choosing to live alone and for the community as a whole. Also, President Obama comes out in favor of same-sex marriage, and political upset in Indiana and an overwhelming rejection of gay marriage in North Carolina.

Banner image: Alamo Square in San Francisco, California. Photo by PhotoEverywhere.co.uk

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton
Gideon Brower

Main Topic What Are the Consequences of Going Solo? 30 MIN, 15 SEC

Remember when living alone carried something of a stigma? According to the latest census, those days are gone. Nearly half of adult Americans are single and nearly a third of all households have just one resident. Thirty-one million Americans live alone, almost eight times as many as in 1950. Are all these "singletons," as they're called, happy and healthy, or lonely and isolated?

Guests:
Eric Klinenberg, New York University (@EricKlinenberg)
Sasha Cagen, Quirkyalone movement (@sashacagen)
Ronni Bennett, Time Goes By (@Ronni7)

Going Solo

Eric Klinenberg

Reporter's Notebook Troubling Signs for Both Parties in Yesterday's Elections 11 MIN, 29 SEC

There were no real surprises in election results last night, but there were some surprises in the margins of the vote. In Indiana, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was expected to beat incumbent Senator Richard Lugar, who valued cooperation over confrontation, but not by 20 points. In North Carolina, Amendment One banning gay marriage and civil unions was expected to pass, but not by twenty points. We hear more about yesterday's results from Karen Tumulty national political correspondent for the Washington Post, and Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

Guests:
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics (@larrysabato)

Making News President Obama Comes Out in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage 11 MIN, 33 SEC

President Obama said today that he now favors allowing gay couples to marry. In an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, he said that his position had evolved over time from his support for gay civil unions to this new support of full marriage rights. Obama is due in LA tomorrow for a fundraising dinner at the home of actor George Clooney. We hear more about the President's announcement from Carolyn Lochhead, Washington correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Democratic activist Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign.

Guests:
Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle (@carolynlochhead)
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)

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