All Things Considered for December 5, 2012
Dec 5, 2012 — The president and House Republicans continued to snipe at each other Wednesday over the impending set of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner later spoke briefly by phone for the first time in a week, according to reports.
Dec 5, 2012 — The way Texans speak, from using words like "y'all" to that old Texas twang, is iconic in American culture. But linguists say the twang is fading — and that, in a few decades, "talking Texan" may sound quite different than it does today.
Dec 5, 2012 — The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters and helping to provide All Things Considered's soundtrack. It's the first (and perhaps only) time the show has had its own in-house band playing interstitial music live.
Dec 5, 2012 — High-level diplomacy helped avert a disaster last month, in a dispute over the unpaid water bill of one of Christendom's holiest sites. The water company that supplies the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem said it owed $2.3 million. Eventually, the bill was waived — but the church now promises to pay going forward.
Dec 5, 2012 — Washington state decriminalizes possession tonight. Colorado does so next month. Chong, one half of the stoner duo Cheech and Chong, is all in favor of the new laws. There isn't anything funny about being busted, the comic says.
Dec 5, 2012 — Citigroup has announced it's eliminating 11,000 jobs — about four percent of its work force. It's the first major step of new CEO Michael Corbat, who's under pressure to trim fat from the unwieldy bank.
Dec 5, 2012 — One of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the postwar era — the piano player whose "Take Five" was a pop hit — died Wednesday, one day shy of 92.
Dec 5, 2012 — Cheatgrass is about as Western as cowboy boots and sagebrush. And until recently, scientists didn't realize that the yellowish plant is making Western wildfires much worse.
Dec 5, 2012 — A nurse who certainly didn't seem suspicious rather cheerfully told the faux queen (and a fake Prince Charles) that the pregnant duchess is doing better. Kate is being treated for severe morning sickness. The hospital is apologizing for sharing the information.