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Every weekday, All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel, Melissa Block and Audie Cornish present the program's trademark mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features.
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The Young And Restless May Cause Drama For ACA

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Young people account for less than one quarter of those who have enrolled in the health care exchanges. Their participation is considered crucial for the success of the Affordable Care Act, and so far it's low. The administration had been hoping for a higher figure, but it predicts that more 18- to 34-year-olds will sign up in the next three months. If that doesn't happen, insurers will likely raise premiums for 2015, and that could spell deep trouble for the health care program.

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Mistrust And Miscommunication Stand In The Way Of Afghan Deal

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. and Afghanistan are mired in an ongoing standoff over a proposed long-term security agreement. Analysts say that part of the reason the two countries can't close the deal is because of a trust and communications gap. Despite 12 years of fighting the Taliban together, the two countries still have trouble understanding each other's politics and interests. And that could result in the U.S. withdrawing all troops by the end of this year.

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Amid Resistance, Iranian Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

A six-month deal to negotiate a limit to Iran's nuclear program and loosen Western sanctions is set to go into effect on Monday. But resistance from hardliners in both the U.S. and Tehran could mean trouble for negotiations. Melissa Block talks with Iran analyst Robin Wright. Wright is just back from a reporting trip to Iran.

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Federal Judge Rejects The NFL Concussions Settlement

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a preliminary settlement between the National Football League and retired players and their families over concussion-related injuries. The judge doubted that the $765 million settlement would adequately cover all of the retired players potentially eligible to be paid.

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Not Everyone's Onboard With The Omnibus Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Most of Washington expects that the massive omnibus spending bill to pass House and Senate before the week is out, but some House Republicans and Democrats are still fighting a rearguard action to delay or stop it. What do the opponents have to say about the bill?

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 6:47pm

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 6:47pm

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?

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Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 4:56pm

A new study adds to the evidence that among everyday coffee drinkers, the old wives' tale that coffee will lead to dehydration is really just that: a tale. Another study found that caffeine may help to consolidate memories in the short term, but may not help retrieve old memories.

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Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 4:53pm

Some analysts say that Nintendo's days are numbered because sales of its new console, Wii U, have been lackluster. But since Nintendo still offers some of the most popular game franchises, the love of Zelda and Mario may keep the company going for a long time.

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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:55pm

Organizers of the Winter Games are preparing to serve up quite a bit of the hearty deep-red Russian staple soup. Which is kind of ironic, says Russian food writer Anya von Bremzen, since borscht carries with it complicated political implications. And not all borschts are created equal, Bremzen warns.

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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:40pm

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.

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Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

In Detroit, a group of local and national foundations has pledged more than $330 million to keep the city from auctioning off assets from the Detroit Institute of Art. The purpose of the deal is twofold: to preserve the collection and to raise money for the city's underfunded pension plans.

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Mexican Self-Defense Leader Recovers Under Threat From Cartels

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde, the leader of more than a dozen self-defense groups in Mexico, remains hospitalized after a plane crash. While the crash has been ruled an accident, federal police have been stationed outside the Mexico City hospital where he's recuperating. The doctor heads up the armed citizen groups that are taking on organized crime and the feared Knights Templar drug cartel.

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With TV And Games, Sony's Head Is In The Cloud

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, Sony amped up its talk of "transforming the living room" with its announcement of cloud-based gaming and television services.

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At Trade Show, Microsoft's Absence Looms Large

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Microsoft did not make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, nearly absent from the trade show for the first time in many years. Audie Cornish talks with David Linthicum, a blogger at InfoWorld, about where things stand with Microsoft.

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How The Hackers Did It: A Dicussion About Target's Data Breach

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.

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Mysteries Persist Surrounding West Virginia Chemical Spill

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

West Virginia officials told residents Monday to flush out their home water systems before using the tap water again. Tests at the affected water treatment plant show almost no contamination. However, some toxicologists say, the spill shows how little is known about many chemicals in common use.

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West Virginia Tap Water Ban Awaits A Good Flush

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The ban on tap water is slowly lifting in and around Charleston, W.Va., where a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been living without clean tap water for five straight days. With schools and many businesses closed, many local residents have had to change their daily routines.

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An American Diplomat In Paris — And A Russian One, Too

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, are holding a series of talks in Paris in anticipation of an upcoming Syrian peace conference. They are trying to persuade the Syrian government and opposition leaders to allow unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid. There are still doubts, however, about whether exiled Syrian opposition leaders will even agree to attend the peace conference.

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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.

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