All Things Considered for September 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011 — The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, the highest level in 17 years, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The agency's latest poverty report, released Tuesday, shows that the median income dropped last year by more than 2 percent to about $49,445.
Sep 13, 2011 — At a hearing before the bipartisan deficit-cutting panel on Tuesday, the head of the Congressional Budget Office managed to short-circuit partisan bickering over the debt by laying out some facts: Trimming around the edges is not going to be enough to slash the deficit this fall, Doug Elmendorf warned.
Sep 13, 2011 — The tornado that destroyed nearly one-third of the city took out homes, schools and businesses. To mitigate the ongoing impact on the local economy, business owners and the area's Chamber of Commerce are finding ways to re-energize the local market.
Sep 13, 2011 — When lingerie designer Imogene Gilfeather hears that Wally Yez is the perfect guy, her response is telling: "Perfect ... is not my type." Comedy writer Patricia Marx tracks the beautiful — and absurd — relationship that follows in her new novel, Starting from Happy.
Sep 13, 2011 — Film critic Roger Ebert is famous for arguing about movies on TV with Gene Siskel. Now that cancer surgeries have left him without the ability to speak, Ebert has found a new voice online. Melissa Block visits him at his Chicago home to talk about his memoir, Life Itself.
Sep 13, 2011 — The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the median household income went down and the poverty rate increased. Steve Liss, the project director for AmericanPoverty.org, tells NPR's Michele Norris he's seeing firsthand "a tremendous increase in people who would not normally have considered themselves vulnerable."
Sep 13, 2011 — The San Francisco band's latest is called Father, Son, Holy Ghost, but the reverence it displays is more musical than spiritual.
Sep 13, 2011 — Up until recently, most parents accepted the full slate of vaccines that pediatricians gave their children, no questions asked. Now, vaccination rates are dropping in states like Washington and Oregon, and doctors are learning to talk to parents about their vaccine fears.
Sep 13, 2011 — Lightning struck twice in author Brad Meltzer's family — literally. In a piece dedicated to the memory of his father, he examines the familiar, and familial, tale of one fateful summer at Camp Na-sho-pa.
Sep 13, 2011 — A life-or-death competition between two young magicians plays out in Erin Morgenstern's debut novel. Layers of trickery and masterful sleight of hand make it hard to know what's real and what's fake. "My magic is sort of real-world magic," Morgenstern says.