All Things Considered for February 23, 2012
Feb 23, 2012 — The economy is the top issue for most voters this election year. In Michigan, the political debate over the economy is especially intense. It centers on the federal government's 2009 bailout of the auto industry.
Feb 23, 2012 — Step 1: Find a little company that's lost inside a big company. This is the second of two stories we're doing today on Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney helped found.
Feb 23, 2012 — Representatives from more than 40 governments gathered in London on Thursday to devise a new international approach to Somalia. The Horn of Africa nation has slid into poverty, hunger, anarchy and terrorism in the two decades since the overthrow of President Siad Barre. The gathering will talk about how they can step up efforts to tackle the root causes of the problem.
Feb 23, 2012 — After protests, the GOP governor asked legislators to revise a bill that would have mandated an invasive procedure before a woman could have an abortion. The bill had become a political liability for Bob McDonnell at a time many see him as a potential GOP vice presidential candidate.
Feb 23, 2012 — Several thousand residents of Utica, NY, are watching events in Myanmar with particular interest. They're Burmese Karens who came to upstate New York from refugee camps after waves of violence forced them out of their homeland.
Feb 23, 2012 — Why do astronauts lose their sense of smell in space, and what's this got to do with their preference for fiery condiments? No one is sure, but NASA food scientists have some plausible ideas.
Feb 23, 2012 — You may have seen the ads for the energy shot 5-Hour Energy — maybe you've even knocked one back yourself. But you probably don't know much about the man behind those little red and yellow bottles. His name is Manoj Bhargava and he's managed to fly under the radar — until now. Forbes staff writer Clare O'Connor tells host Audie Cornish about Bhargava — as Audie downs her own 5-Hour Energy shot.
Feb 23, 2012 — Two U.S. troops were shot dead by an Afghan soldier in a day of riots and protests across the country over Qurans that were burned. U.S. forces and Afghan authorities are braced for more trouble following Friday prayers at mosques nationwide.
Feb 23, 2012 — Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about segments on the 'other' Jeremy Lin and the Academy Award for 'Best Original Song.'
Feb 23, 2012 — The Syrian army has reportedly cut off all escape routes from the rebel-held neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs. Syrian tanks were seen moving closer to Baba Amr on Thursday, as efforts continued to negotiate a cease-fire to evacuate the wounded, including two Western journalists.