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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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December Jobs Report Disappoints

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

The monthly jobs report released Friday morning was a disappointment. Economists were expecting 200,000 new jobs. Employers actually added just 74,000. The unemployment rate did fall to 6.7 percent, but it was mainly because many people dropped out of the labor force.

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John Wooden: An English Teacher Who Happened To Be A Hoops Legend

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. His teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and '70s. They accomplished a run of 10 NCAA championships in 12 seasons and an 88-game winning streak — records that stand to this day. Seth Davis, a writer for Sports Illustrated, speaks to Robert Siegel about his biography of Coach Wooden.

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Week In Politics: Christie Scandal & The War On Poverty

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and The Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, for the latest in political news. They discuss the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of war on poverty and the state of income inequality in the country today. Also, they take on the political repercussions for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after recent revelations that his staffers orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

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In Christie Scandal, A Question Remains: Who Was The Target?

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lengthy mea culpa has not put an end to the scandal surrounding lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. He continues to face the fallout from a scandal that has received national coverage.

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Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 3:00pm

Raising the minimum wage has become a focus for Democrats both in Congress and in statehouses around the nation. But anywhere it's on the ballot, expect an aggressive campaign to defeat it.

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In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings'

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:54pm

Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the best-selling The Secret Life of Bees, takes on both slavery and feminism in her novel The Invention of Wings. It's a story told by two women: Hetty, a slave, seeks her freedom, while Sarah, her reluctant owner, rebels against her family to become an abolitionist.

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Two Long-Time Braves And A Slugger Go To The Hall Of Fame

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:53pm

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are the Baseball Hall of Fame's newest inductees. Last year, baseball writers pointedly left some of the biggest stars off the list due to links with performance-enhancing drugs, and this year has been no different. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were again denied induction.

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McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:42pm

Al-Qaida has gained control in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq War. Troops who came home are now wondering whether it was all in vain, the Arizona Republican says. He says the total withdrawal of troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.

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Pregnant Woman On Life Support Draws Attention To Texas Law

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:18pm

One man is battling with a Texas hospital that refuses to remove his wife from life support because she is 19 weeks pregnant. The hospital says Texas law won't permit it because of her pregnancy, but others say that the hospital is misinterpreting the law.

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Rubio Questions LBJ's Legacy On Poverty

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:12pm

On the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of a war on poverty, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio delivers a speech declaring the war a failure and outlining a plan of his own to help those living in poverty.

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News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:07pm

The New York Times' new Web redesign includes "native advertising": articles written by people working for the paper's advertisers. BuzzFeed and other outlets have already embraced the ads, but critics say the lines between paid and original content are sometimes just too blurry.

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As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:45pm

The country is producing more natural gas than it can burn, but frigid weather has made it harder for companies to deliver that gas to those who need it, especially in densely populated areas in the Northeast. As a result, prices have skyrocketed.

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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:11pm

Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.

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Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds'

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:11pm

Residents of Martin County, Ky., where President Johnson traveled to promote his War on Poverty in 1964, say they need jobs more than government aid. Coal mines are shutting down, and many local college grads say they have to leave the county if they want to make a living.

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Obama Administration Has Little Love For 'Zero Tolerance'

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

The Obama administration wants public school officials to rethink how they discipline and punish students who misbehave. In the mid-1990s, states put in place harsh "zero-tolerance" policies in response to a rise in violence, bullying, drug use and school shootings. But studies show that too often kids are being punished just as harshly for minor offenses. Black, Latino and disabled students are disproportionately affected. Now the departments of Education and Justice are issuing new guidelines to help schools re-evaluate their disciplinary policies.

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Fethullah Gulen: Turkish Scholar, Cleric — And Conspirator?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

Al-Jazeera America reporter Jamie Tarabay interviewed Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen in his home last spring. It was published in The Atlantic last August. Gulen is a Turkish spiritual leader to millions of Turks, both in Turkey and around the world, and the head of the Gulen movement. His network of followers spans the globe, and it has opened academically-focused schools in 90 countries, including the U.S. Robert Siegel speaks with Tarabay about the interview.

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Political Feud In Turkey Makes For Unlikely Allies

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

Turkey's ruling AK Party teamed up with the powerful Gulen movement over a decade ago to strip the country's secular military elite of its political clout. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan strengthened his hold on power with years of controversial legal proceedings that landed generals and their allies in jail. But now that an AKP-Gulen feud is erupting into the headlines, some of those convicted generals are calling for re-trials, claiming that the pro-Gulen prosecutors fabricated evidence. Prime Minister Erdogan, whose government is under attack from those same prosecutors, says that the generals might be right — or, at least entitled to new trials. Will this feud lead to a military rehabilitation?

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Between U.S. And India, One Diplomat Stirs Dispute

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

The diplomatic dispute between the U.S. and India over allegations of visa fraud continued on Wednesday. U.S. prosecutors plan to indict an Indian diplomat on charges that she lied on a visa application for her domestic servant; the diplomat denies the allegations. The Indian government has objected to the way the matter has been handled and has introduced a number of restrictions on the activities of U.S. diplomats in India.

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Five Decades Later, Time To Change The Way We Define Poverty?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

The U.S. government's official measure of poverty hasn't changed much in 50 years: It's still based on what it took to feed a family in the 1950s. There are new efforts underway to find a more accurate gauge of families in need.

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The (Email) Thread That Tied Up The George Washington Bridge

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:38pm

An email thread released Wednesday is raising more questions about whether lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge as political payback. The emails indicate that top officials in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration are involved in the closures — motivated more by politics than a traffic study, as originally claimed.

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