Around the Nation
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tourists And Business Welcome Reopened National Parks

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:54 pm

National Parks are reopening after the government shutdown. Many visitors and nearby businesses had been frustrated that Washington's inability to reach a budget deal had also meant the ruin of vacations and the loss of tourism business.

Middle East
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Did Turkey Sell Out Israeli Agents To Iran?

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 6:32 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Did Turkey sell out Israeli agents to Iran? Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reports today on a twist in the strained relations between Turkey and Israel. Ignatius writes about something that he says happened in early 2012. At the time, the Turks were still furious over the loss of life two years earlier, when Israeli commandoes had boarded a Turkish flotilla that was bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

David Ignatius joins us now to talk about this. Welcome to the program once again.

DAVID IGNATIUS: Thank you, Robert.

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World
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Report Estimates 30 Million People In Slavery Worldwide

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:54 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Kevin Bales, a professor of contemporary slavery at the University of Hull and lead author of the 2013 Global Slavery Index. The first-time report by the Walk Free Foundation estimates that there are nearly 30 million people in slavery across the globe.

Politics
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

With One Pair Of Crises Behind Him, Obama Looks Forward

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:54 pm

As the government reopened Thursday morning, President Obama had a simple message for its workers: Thank you. For Congress he had another message: Let's not do this again. Obama tried to rise above the fracas of the past few weeks and talk about his view on the role of government.

Politics
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Road To Government Shutdown Was Paved By Summer Activism

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:54 pm

The twin fiscal crises resolved late Wednesday night were born in the slow days of summer — not anywhere in the Capitol, where the drama played out, but in the offices of Heritage Action, a conservative activist group that wanted to end funding for the president's health care law. With the help of an ambitious new Texas senator, the group staged a series of town hall-style meetings around the country, and the Defund Obamacare movement was born.

Politics
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Shutdown Shows Republican Party More Splintered Than Ever

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:54 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with author Sam Tanenhaus of The New York Times about the status and state of the GOP after the government shutdown, debt ceiling battle and fiscal crisis.

Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

WikiLeaks Gets A Hollywood Gloss In 'Fifth Estate'

Benedict Cumberbatch (left), sporting the white-blond mop of the real Julian Assange, and Daniel Bruhl, who plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, take on the story of WikiLeaks in The Fifth Estate.
Frank Connor DreamWorks II

The saga of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is too large a data dump for a two-hour drama. Yet director Bill Condon seeks to complicate as well as simplify in The Fifth Estate, an entertaining if inevitably unreliable current events romp.

The opening credits present a pocket history of textual communication, from cuneiform to the Internet. Condon, who took a similarly breathless approach with Kinsey, is announcing that his subject is nothing less than how the Web transformed communication.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

In 'All Is Lost,' Plenty To Be Found

Robert Redford plays the sole character in All Is Lost; a man who is stranded at sea, on a badly damaged boat — and completely on his own.
Daniel Daza Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:40 pm

Other than a single shouted expletive toward the end of All Is Lost, the only words we hear from its central character — a sailor adrift alone on the Indian Ocean — come right at the beginning, in a note of apology to unknown recipients for unspecified sins.

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Obama Will Nominate Jeh Johnson To Head Homeland Security

Jeh Johnson in June of 2012.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama will nominate attorney Jeh Johnson to be the next Homeland Security secretary.

Johnson recently served as the Pentagon's top lawyer.

Obama will announce his pick at 2 p.m. Friday, NPR's Scott Horsley tells us.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently without a leader. Former Secretary Janet Napolitano ended her stint six weeks ago. She left to become the president of the University of California system.

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It's All Politics
2:10 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

4 Things To Know About Cory Booker's Election

Sen.-elect Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., talks to supporters during his victory party Wednesday night. Booker was elected to fill the seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:26 pm

Cory Booker's victory Wednesday in New Jersey's special Senate election didn't surprise anyone.

From the moment he captured the Democratic nomination in the reliably blue state, the Newark mayor was the heavy favorite to defeat Republican Steve Lonegan.

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