All Things Considered for March 15, 2013
Mar 15, 2013 — Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the crowd on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He appeared to be a different man than the one who campaigned in 2012.
Mar 15, 2013 — Audie Cornish 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 the Conservative Political Action Conference, budget negotiations and the new pope.
Mar 15, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission said it has obtained the largest settlement ever in an insider trading case. Two affiliates of the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors have agreed to pay $614 million to settle charges of participating in insider trading schemes. The SEC alleged that a portfolio manager at one of the firms obtained confidential details about an Alzheimer's drug trial from a doctor who was presenting final results to the public.
Mar 15, 2013 — Audie Cornish talks to reporters Marin Cogan and Karin Tanabe about the pop-culture stereotype of the female political reporter who trades sex for access. The Netflix show House of Cards inspired Cogan to write an article in The New Republic, condemning the trope. She says female reporters are actually much more likely to be sexually harassed by the men they cover than to try to seduce them. Her former colleague Tanabe agrees — but her new novel nonetheless has an affair between a reporter and a senator as a central storyline.
Mar 15, 2013 — China's new president has vowed to crack down on corruption. One widespread practice involves paying bribes to get high-level positions in politics or the bureaucracy.
Mar 15, 2013 — Major League Baseball's answer to Soccer's World Cup is the World Baseball Classic. In the U.S., the television ratings have been pretty awful. But there's been plenty of excitement and surprises nonetheless. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.
Mar 15, 2013 — Activists attending the CPAC convention were among those responding to Rob Portman on Friday after the Ohioan became the first Republican in the Senate to support gay marriage.
Mar 15, 2013 — Alan Cheuse reviews Where Tigers Are At Home by Jean-Marie Blas de Robles.
Mar 15, 2013 — Lloyd led a jazz quartet into The Fillmore, San Francisco's legendary rock venue, in the 1960s. He backed Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King and hit the road with The Beach Boys. The charismatic musician is 75 this week.
Mar 15, 2013 — The Pentagon announced plans on Friday to beef up missile defense along the West Coast, in part to defend against the threat from North Korea. The Pentagon plans on adding 14 interceptor missiles to a base in Alaska, supplementing the 30 that are already there.