All Things Considered for February 1, 2013
Feb 1, 2013 — Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
Feb 1, 2013 — Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss new jobs numbers, Chuck Hagel's Senate confirmation hearing, immigration reform and the legacy of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
Feb 1, 2013 — Secretary Chu is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who came into office with high hopes. He was selected to help the president pursue his green energy agenda and fight climate change. It turned out to be a rocky road. Some of the green companies that got big government loans, like Solyndra, ended up going bankrupt, and the president had to drop his plans to get Congress to adopt climate change legislation. Still Chu helped the country make progress in becoming more energy efficient.
Feb 1, 2013 — The fight over the Second Amendment could cost Pennsylvania businesses more than $40 million in lost revenue thanks to the postponement of one of the nation's largest hunting and fishing shows. Event organizers had banned the display of legal assault weapons, leading several vendors to boycott it.
Jan 31, 2013 — William Shakespeare gets two modern takes with the Italian art film Caesar Must Die and the romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies. The quirky, curious reinventions show how the words of the Bard can brighten up any story.
Feb 1, 2013 — Employers added 157,000 jobs to payrolls in January, but the unemployment rate ticked up a notch anyway, to 7.9 percent. The monthly jobs report from the Labor Department also said job growth was much better in November and December than originally reported.
Feb 1, 2013 — Although a fiscal cliff was narrowly prevented at the beginning at the year, there's another budget deadline approaching. If Congress doesn't act, billions in automatic budget cuts will slice military spending, possibly hurting contractors and some personnel.
Feb 1, 2013 — The Spanish newspaper El Pais has published excerpts of accounting logs that allegedly belonged to the former treasurer of Spain's ruling party. Luis Barcenas is accused of handing out envelopes stuffed with cash at party headquarters for years. His notebooks reveal payments to most top Spanish politicians — including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was a deputy party secretary at the time. If the documents are authentic, they are evidence that Rajoy received "black money" for years. The ruling party has denied all charges.
Feb 1, 2013 — Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about gun rights and gnomes popping up in Oakland.
Feb 1, 2013 — In Amity Gaige's new novel, Eric Kennedy, aka East German immigrant Erik Schroder, reveals his true identity to his ex-wife and explains why he kidnapped his own 6-year-old daughter.