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4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Shutdown Is Wrapped Up, But Other Issues Are Starting To Unfold

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

The U.S. is back from the brink after a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling, but more crises may be on the horizon with a compromise budget due by mid-December and the federal government only funded through Jan. 15. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what comes next.

Politics
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

'It Takes A Crisis': How '73 Embargo Fueled Change In U.S.

Drivers and a man pushing a lawnmower line up at gas station in San Jose, Calif., in March 1974.
AP

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 5:26 pm

Americans started thinking differently about U.S. dependence on imported oil 40 years ago this Sunday. Decades later, the U.S. is in the midst of a homegrown energy boom.

The oil embargo began in 1973. The United States had long taken cheap and plentiful oil for granted when Saudi Arabia shocked the country by suddenly cutting off all direct oil shipments in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel. Other Arab countries followed suit.

Prices soared. Gasoline lines stretched for blocks. Richard Nixon became the first of many U.S. presidents to call for energy independence.

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Sports
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Calculating The Worth Of The Redskins Brand

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Washington, D.C.'s football team has been under increasing criticism for keeping an old team name that's a racial epithet. I usually don't say it. I will now - for the purposes of information. The Washington Redskins. That name's been hotly debated, criticized for being a racial slur, but defended by the team's owners as actually being a kind of tribute to Native Americans.

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Business
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Business Leaders Decry The Economic Cost Of Uncertainty

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:08 am

Running a company is like driving a car. You need to be able to see what's coming down the road. The dysfunction in Washington has created a fog, and when driving in the fog, you have to slow down.

That's basically what's happening at thousands of companies around the country.

Bob Mosey, chairman of the National Tooling and Machining Association, bemoans the "uncertainty of not being able to plan for the future."

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All Tech Considered
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Credit Cards Under Pressure To Police Online Expression

Some advocacy groups say credit card companies should stop doing business with websites that promote controversial views or policy positions.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:01 pm

Earlier this month, major credit card processors including MasterCard, Visa and America Express announced they would stop processing payments to websites that collect and publish mug shots online. The sites say they are providing a public service, but they make their money by charging people a fee to remove these embarrassing photos from the Internet.

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Asia
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Chinese Edict Against 'Rumors' Puts Popular Bloggers At Risk

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:54 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. In the United States, a Tweet or YouTube video that goes viral can make a career. In China, that can be dangerous. Last month, the Chinese government issued a new edict forbidding the spreading of rumors against the Chinese government. People who intentionally post what the government considers a rumor violate the law if they get 500 or more reposts or 5,000 or more views.

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Economy
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

What The World Thinks Of The Dollar In Light Of Recent Politics

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

The political instability over funding the U.S. government and raising the debt ceiling could have international financial implications. Host Scott Simon speaks with Matthew Goodman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about how emerging economies view the dollar after the current debt crisis.

Around the Nation
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Do-It-Yourself Library Brings Neighborhood Together

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

On the other hand, and we say that a lot in the news business, libraries with books on shelves are still with us, maybe closer than you think.

DINA MORENO: I can see the library from my kitchen window, just up. It's sort of out of the way, but I can just see it and I see people constantly going through there.

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Around the Nation
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Bookless Library In Texas Aims To 'Break Down The Barriers To Reading'

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. San Antonio's newest library doesn't look very bookish. It's got neon orange walls, a play area for children that has glowing screens, and it abounds with desktop computers, iPads, eBooks and laptops. They call it BiblioTech because it's completely digital. There is no paper in this library.

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Sports
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Teams Take A Step Closer To World Series

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers Friday night, and Detroit and Boston are back at Fenway on Saturday. Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN about the games and what's ahead for the World Series.

Sports
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Ultimate Frisbee Puts On Its Game Face

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

After years of jokes, Ultimate Frisbee players say they're finally getting some respect. This year the sport received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee, and Ryland Barton of KWBU in Waco, Texas, reports that this weekend its national championship will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

Education
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

With Major Debt, Philadelphia Schools Cut Back On Nurses

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:40 am

Philadelphia Public Schools have been facing a funding crisis. There have been a series of layoffs, including assistant principals, school nurses and counselors. Some funding has come through to rehire hundreds of staffers, but not any new nurses. Host Scott Simon speaks with Eileen DiFranco, who has been a school nurse in the city for more than 23 years, about the situation.

Ecstatic Voices
4:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For 'Abyssinian Mass'

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 8:01 am

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The Two-Way
11:33 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Second Arrest Made In Connection With LAX Dry Ice Explosions

Police at Los Angeles International Airport stepped up patrols this week after two dry ice explosions. There have since been two arrests.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 8:30 am

The dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport have led to a second arrest, police say.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Melinda Gates

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

The philanthropist and better half to Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, takes a quiz about gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II. (This segment originally aired on April 20, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Erykah Badu

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

Soul singer Erykah Badu tells us about public nudity and her many names, and she plays a game about online dating. (This segment originally aired on Feb. 9, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Not Danza's Job

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

Actor Tony Danza answers three questions about company bosses. (This segment originally aired on Aug. 24, 2013.)

Remembrances
5:51 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Money For Dam Project In Shutdown Deal Riles Conservatives

The Olmsted Locks and Dam project is under construction on the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Google's Stock Closes Above $1,000

Attendees line up to enter the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:11 pm

Google's stock closed at $1,011.41 today, joining an exclusive, over-$1,000 club that includes Priceline.com and Seaboard Corp., which produces turkey and hogs.

The rally for the world's largest search engine, Bloomberg reports, comes on the heels of optimism about the company's advertising offerings.

Bloomberg reports:

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Shots - Health News
3:03 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes severe diarrhea, can be difficult to treat with antibiotics.
Stefan Hyman University of Leicester

Not all viruses are bad for us. Some of them might even help up us fight off bacterial infections someday.

Naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages attack specific types of bacteria. So researchers at the University of Leicester decided to try and take advantage of phages' bacteria-destroying powers to treat infections with Clostridium difficile, a germ that that can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

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It's All Politics
3:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Conservative Group Backs Challenge To 'Liberal' McConnell

Matt Bevin speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Aug. 3. Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican Senate primary.
Stephen Lance Dennee AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:37 pm

Days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell helped negotiate a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, a prominent conservative group endorsed his primary challenger.

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It's All Politics
3:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

After Budget Fight, No Sign Of Cease-Fire

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters following a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Oct. 2.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

As it dragged on in recent weeks, the debate about the budget, the debt ceiling and Obamacare felt like an epic battle.

But now that it's over, there's reason to think it was actually only another skirmish during the long period of partisan warfare Americans have become accustomed to.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring'

Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express speaks at the National Press Club in 2011. Russo predicts the Tea Party will be re-energized for the 2014 midterm elections.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

It's been a tough week for the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress. The Affordable Care Act survived the Capitol Hill standoff largely untouched. President Obama and the Democrats stared them down and won. And fights with establishment Republicans revealed the depth of division within the GOP.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Week In Politics: Shutdown Post-Mortem And Looking Ahead

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And we'll continue our discussion about the politics of the week with our Friday regulars, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

CORNISH: And David Brooks of the New York Times. Hey, David.

DAVID BROOKS: Hello.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Defense Dept. Lawyer Tapped To Head Homeland Security

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

President Obama today named former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as his choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano who stepped down in August. The president said of Johnson, he's a cool and calm leader with experience running big, complex organizations. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, he'll need those skills to tackle what President Obama himself called a monumental task.

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Economy
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Economists Await Shutdown-Delayed Jobs Report

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

One effect of the 16-day government shutdown is that economists have had only a murky picture of the state of the economy. That's because the government is one of the most important sources of economic data. And as NPR's Dan Bobkoff reports, most of the people responsible for compiling and analyzing the numbers were furloughed, even barred from checking their email.

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Parallels
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Desperation Outweighs Dangers For Europe-Bound Migrants

Migrants arrive in Valletta, the Maltese capital, aboard a patrol boat on Oct. 12, a day after their boat sank, killing more than 30 people, mostly women and children — just the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean. Despite Europe's financial crisis illegal immigrants continue to attempt to enter Europe through its southern coastal countries as they seek a better life.
AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Thugs with machetes killed Muhammed's two younger brothers. They were coming for him next.

Lingering violence from an 11-year civil war sent Muhammed fleeing his village in Sierra Leone. He escaped to the coast and paid smugglers to sneak him into the cargo hold of a ship at port. He had no idea where he was going.

"There was no light, no food — nothing for 10 days," he recalls. "I was very hopeless. I'd been in the darkness for 10 days."

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Around the Nation
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Texas Gun Advocates Prepare For New Alamo Showdown

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. In San Antonio on Saturday, 1,000 activists are expected to rally at the Alamo. They are gun owners gathering to protest what they say have been illegal efforts by police to restrict their right to openly carry guns. To help make the point, they will be protesting armed. Ryan Lloyd of Texas Public Radio reports.

RYAN LLOYD, BYLINE: Earlier this week in the central Texas town of Temple, C.J. Grissom(ph) was outside firing off a few rounds.

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Around the Nation
2:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling

Pastor Jamie Coots holds a snake at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church of Middlesboro, Ky.
NGO

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 8:09 pm

Two weeks ago, NPR reported on a group of Pentecostals in Appalachia who handle snakes in church to prove their faith in God. The story got us thinking: Why are the handlers bitten so rarely, and why are so few of those snakebites lethal?

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