Morning Edition for January 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014 — Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives his State of the State speech on Tuesday. His administration faces lingering questions about politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. And now Christie faces another high-profile investigation. This one focuses on how his administration spent millions of dollars of Superstorm Sandy relief funds on a marketing campaign.
Jan 14, 2014 — The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Jan 14, 2014 — Robert Goins was tracing his genealogy when he found his ancestors' names listed among livestock and farm implements in a plantation ledger. With that painful discovery, he kept digging until he found a very different story: that of a great-great-great-grandfather who lived as a freeman.
Jan 14, 2014 — The semi-official FARS News Agency repeated a conspiracy theory on the web. The story claims space aliens have taken over the U.S. They have run America since 1945, having previously run Nazi Germany.
Jan 14, 2014 — Getting through a tough winter can be especially challenging for elderly or disabled people living in rural areas. There aren't always next door neighbors who can pop by to check on them. One county in Maine has devised a way to make sure these people are alright.
Jan 14, 2014 — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has staked out a more moderate tone internationally, but he hasn't yet kept his campaign promises domestically. At the same time, nuclear talks with the West are encouraging. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran Bureau Chief for The New York Times, for the latest on the mood on the ground in Iran.
Jan 14, 2014 — Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about whether Boeing's restructuring of employee benefits was inevitable given global competition. Kirkegaard co-authored a book called U.S. Pension Reform: Lessons From Other Countries.
Jan 14, 2014 — The satellite broadcaster dropped the channel after the two companies couldn't agree on a new distribution deal. The Weather Channel has diversified its programming from continuous weather coverage to include reality TV shows and documentaries. It's a change DirecTV said its subscribers were concerned about.
Jan 14, 2014 — On Monday, Google announced it had purchased Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Nest is focused on the "automated home" concept, making smoke detectors and thermostats that connect to the Internet. Google's purchase signals a strong interest in this arena.
Jan 14, 2014 — The redesign of the Ford F-150 resets the dial for the truck and car world. In a bid to gain more fuel economy, it's expected to lose a half-a-ton of weight. Technological advances in materials have made it possible to build cars and trucks out of aluminum. Though aluminum is a third the strength and three times the cost.