All Things Considered for December 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013 — Colorado enacted several tough gun control measures after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. — and then voters ousted two lawmakers who backed those laws. One former senator says he has no regrets, while the man who helped remove him is now focused on other gun rights supporters.
Dec 11, 2013 — In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last year, there was a call to enhance restrictions on gun purchases. One of the groups leading the charge was Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Melissa Block talks with Mark Glaze, executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, about what he sees as his groups successes and failures over the past year.
Dec 11, 2013 — The justices ruled unanimously that the Kansas Supreme Court should not have overturned the murder conviction and death sentence of a man who said he was high on crystal meth when he killed a sheriff near Wichita. The high court says the state can use a psychiatric exam as evidence to refute the defendant's case.
Dec 11, 2013 — California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
Dec 11, 2013 — Clothes donated to charity in the U.S. often wind up for sale in African markets. Here's the story of one shirt that started out at a bat mitzvah in Michigan and wound up in a market in Nairobi.
Dec 11, 2013 — Michael Hartnett joined the Marines because he wanted to be a tough guy. But deployments to the first Gulf War and Somalia left him haunted by nightmares. He turned to booze; after a bad-conduct discharge he fell into drugs for more than a decade. Three years ago, he convinced a military board to upgrade his discharge. That change in status gave him the chance he needed. Now he's studying to be a social worker so he can help other vets.
Dec 11, 2013 — On Wednesday, Chaz Stevens' beer can-covered pole joined a number of other displays in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. There are also a religious Nativity scene and an atheist display. Stevens says he's protesting what he sees as a flagrant disregard for the separation of church and state.
Dec 11, 2013 — Deceptive Cadence host Anastasia Tsioulcas talks with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about three essential classical and world music releases from 2013 from very different parts of the globe: Bartok's Hungarian dancing, a percussion epic from Alaska and sweaty Nigerian funk.
Dec 11, 2013 — The White House released some upbeat enrollment numbers for the troubled health care law Wednesday, just as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headed back to Capitol Hill to face skeptical lawmakers.
Dec 11, 2013 — Reaction to the budget deal announced last night is rolling in, and it is mixed. Many Democrats don't like what they see and conservative Republicans are voicing concerns as well.