All Things Considered for January 3rd, 2014
Jan 3, 2014 — It's been more than a month since leaders of the House and Senate budget committee worked out a broad agreement for federal spending, and their staffs are still working furiously to flesh out the outline before the deadline of January 15. So for many on Capitol Hill, there's been no holiday break.
Jan 3, 2014 — So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.
Jan 3, 2014 — The December 2004 Asian tsunami left nearly a quarter of a million people dead. Indonesia's Aceh province was among the hardest hit. But nine years on, the province is home to a largely successful reconstruction effort, a peace deal between separatists and the government, and economic progress.
Jan 3, 2014 — Oscar is not your typical health insurance company. The New York City startup — the first new health insurer in years — is run by veterans of many of Silicon Valley's biggest names. And the way the company's founders see it, your insurance should play a bigger role in your life — not just handling claims, but using technology to keep medical life organized.
Jan 3, 2014 — An Alameda County ordinance puts the responsibility for drug disposal squarely on the companies that made the medicines. States and the federal government have considered similar measures, but none has passed.
Jan 3, 2014 — Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They discuss newly minted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to deliver on his populist campaign agenda, the political implications of the latest revelations in last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, and David Brooks' op-ed on pot-smoking.
Jan 3, 2014 — Ezra Klein, founder of The Washington Post's Wonkblog policy website, is planning to leave the Post, according to a report in Friday's The New York Times. The Times says the Post's new owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and the Post's publisher turned down Klein's request for a dollar amount in "eight figures" to launch a new explanatory journalism venture. It's a boom time for so-called "content verticals" among news operations, with new projects being launched by the Times, The Wall Street Journal and ESPN, among others.
Jan 3, 2014 — Just as the passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy thought they had escaped the Antarctic ice, word came that the Chinese ship that rescued them might be stuck as well. Poet Jynne Martin recommends a book to put the situation in perspective, one that tells the story of an expedition that was doomed from the start.
Jan 3, 2014 — The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishly dressed folk musicians — with their guitars, trumpets and violins — right down to the front of the church, where they play liturgical music.
Jan 3, 2014 — People are digging out after the year's first big winter storm dumped snow and dropped temperatures from Michigan to Maine. Flights were delayed, roads were closed, and several deaths were reported. But most residents seem to feel that it could have been much worse.