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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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Meet The Health Care First-Timers

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Several months into its implementation, the Affordable Care Act remains hobbled by politics, moving deadlines and confusion. But for many Americans, the ACA has provided a way to get health insurance for the first time — or, at least, the first time in a long while.

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The Minnesota Orchestra's Labor Dispute Is Over. What's Next?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Musicians and management ended a 15-month standoff on Tuesday night, with each side offering some concessions. Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr found out what people are saying on the ground.

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Fed Vice Chairman Nominee Taught Bernanke And Many Others

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama has nominated Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. Fischer trained outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and he spent much of the last decade running Israel's central bank. If confirmed, Fischer would take over the position being vacated by Janet Yellen, who was recently confirmed as Bernanke's successor.

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Bangkok Protests Roil The Thai Economy

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

The prime minster of Thailand says she plans to go ahead with next month's elections, despite opposition protests that have blocked much of the center of Bangkok. The anti-government demonstrators want the current, caretaker prime minister to step down, to be replaced with an unelected "people's council". The political turmoil is also impacting the local economy.

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Justices Appear Divided On Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. In the courtroom, Chief Justice John Roberts' silence seemed to indicate that he likely will be the deciding vote in the case.

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New Cubs Mascot Gets The Cold Shoulder From Some Fans

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Who could hate a mascot? Well, apparently some Chicago Cubs fans hate their new one. Clark the Cub was introduced this week, and social media roiled in anger — but why? Melissa talks to Chicago-based sportswriter Wayne Drehs for some answers.

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Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Officials say that more than half of the households and businesses affected by last week's chemical spill in West Virginia now have access to safe tap water. But some residents in Charleston, where the ban has been lifted in most areas, are wary of using tap water and are still stopping by bottled water distribution sites.

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Cure Our Cabin Fever, Please — Send Us Some Songs!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

We're looking for music to snap us out of a winter funk. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish ask listeners for tracks to add to an All Things Considered cabin fever playlist — songs that get your blood pumping and body moving, despite weeks of cold, gray days.

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Reports Of Arrests And Torture Under Nigeria's Anti-Gay Law

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Under a shroud of secrecy, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Jan. 7. In Nigeria, the law has become known by many as the "Jail the Gays" law. Melissa Block speaks with Michelle Faul, the Associated Press Chief Africa Correspondent, about the law's ramifications.

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Obama Unveils New Plans To Encourage Manufacturing Jobs

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Touting a rebound in manufacturing jobs, President Obama announced a public-private partnership to expand that momentum. He unveiled a manufacturing innovation institute in North Carolina, the first of three similar hubs he proposed in last year's State of the Union address. Though factory jobs are being added, economists say it's highly unlikely that manufacturing can become a significant source of future employment.

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Charleston Mayor: Company Behind Chemical Leak Run By 'Renegades'

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:58pm

Mayor Danny Jones says he's not "even sure they cared what happened to the public." Jones adds the West Virginia capital is considering taking legal action.

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Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits

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

The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage.

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In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels

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

The drought in California has become so severe that cities are preparing to impose restrictions on water use in homes. In Northern California, the water level in Folsom Lake is so low that remnants of Gold Rush life, which have long been underwater, are now exposed and being collected.

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On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution

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

Celebrations in Tunisia on Tuesday are marking the third anniversary of the revolution that led to the ouster of its dictator and set in motion the regional uprisings of the Arab Spring. As huge crowds gather in the streets of the capital, members of the National Assembly are voting on a new constitution that has the approval of both secular groups, which are popular in the capital, and Islamists, whose strongholds are in the countryside. New parliamentary elections are expected later this year.

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Doubt And Insecurity Loom As Egypt Goes To The Polls

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

Beginning Tuesday, Egyptians are going to the polls in a two-day referendum on a draft constitution. The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups are boycotting the vote, and fears of violence have meant heavy security at polling centers.

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Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny

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

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address on Tuesday. The address came at an awkward time for Christie, who faces a widening investigation into politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the scandal but tried to steer the conversation toward education and other second-term priorities.

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Blogger Reveals Cracks In Codes Onscreen

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

Computer programmer John Graham-Cumming began the blog, "Source Code in TV and Films," several weeks ago. The blog points out the frequent misuse of computer code in shows and movies.

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Open Internet Rules

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

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that would prevent Internet service providers from restricting usage on their networks and charging companies and users more for faster service. Critics say that this will create a two-tiered Internet that will favor those who can pay.

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Obama's NSA Panel Testifies Before Senate Committee

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

Members of a special panel of advisers assembled by President Obama are testifying on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In December, the panel recommended changes to the way that the National Security Administration conducts surveillance.

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Dying In The Digital Age: When Should The Conversation End?

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

An active conversation — and a hefty dose of outrage — is swirling on social media about the proper boundaries between public and private when it comes to illness and death. Lisa Adams, a stage 4 cancer patient, has been tweeting her experiences with the disease. Writers Bill and Emma Keller have derided her tweets as akin to "deathbed selfies." Melissa Block talks with Meaghan O'Rourke about how we treat dying in the digital age.

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