All Things Considered for January 2nd, 2014
Jan 2, 2014 — More than 1 million people lost their unemployment benefits as 2014 began. Whether or not those benefits get extended, economists say there are ways to change the program that will make it work better. One suggestion is work sharing, which has helped reduce Germany's unemployment.
Jan 2, 2014 — Housed in an old elevator shaft off a Manhattan alleyway, the Museum's 18 small shelves hold random objects like bootleg Sharpies and prison dice made of bread. Co-creator Josh Safdie says the Museum's roots lie in its founders' outlandish stories.
Jan 2, 2014 — Scandinavian crime novels have become so popular that some publishers even have a name for the genre — "Scandi-crime." Many of these books keep readers right on the edge of their seats. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll takes a more subtle approach.
Jan 2, 2014 — For the past three decades, the state averaged about 50 quakes a year. Last year, there were almost 3,000. Some geologists say the state's oil and gas industry might be to blame for the increase.
Jan 2, 2014 — The Florida congressman, who was arrested in November for cocaine possession, said he's returning to Congress. But the Republican hasn't said yet whether he'll seek another two years in Congress when his term expires this year.
Jan 2, 2014 — The proceeds from corruption, and legal and ethical gray areas, are a daily fact of life in China. The practice of gray income, which shows no sign of abating, may make political reforms more difficult.
Jan 2, 2014 — The widening gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. has become a central touch point for economists, pundits and politicians across the U.S. New York City's newly sworn-in mayor, Bill deBlasio, was elected after campaigning against a city divided between the haves and have-nots. President Obama has called tackling inequality the defining challenge of our time, saying that growing inequality and a lack of upward mobility jeopardizes the American dream. But what, exactly, is income inequality? Audie Cornish puts that question to Drew DeSilver, a senior writer for the Pew Research Center's Fact Tank blog.
Jan 2, 2014 — The first major snow storm of the new year is expected to hit 22 states Thursday and Friday. About 100 million people are expected to be affected.
Jan 2, 2014 — From the journal Nature, so-called "super Earths" that orbit distant stars are among the most common planets in the galaxy. Now scientists have done a detailed analysis of one super Earth's atmosphere. They say it looks like this planet must have exotic clouds.
Jan 2, 2014 — Egypt's government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that backed recently deposed president Mohammed Morsi. Last week, the government designated the brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Now, Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered a 15-day detention for several journalists on suspicion of joining the brotherhood, including two producers and a correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, who are accused of "tarnishing Egypt's image abroad." For more on Egypt's beleaguered press freedoms, Audie Cornish talks with Sherif Mansour of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which found Egypt to be one of the top jailers of journalists in its most recent census.