All Things Considered for January 14th, 2014
Jan 14, 2014 — Mayor Danny Jones says he's not "even sure they cared what happened to the public." Jones adds the West Virginia capital is considering taking legal action.
Jan 14, 2014 — When a chemical called MCHM leaked into the water supply of thousands of West Virginia residents, public health officials wanted to know: Is the chemical dangerous? The answer: Nobody knows. It has hardly been tested. In fact, the majority of chemicals commonly used by industry have had little or no safety testing either.
Jan 14, 2014 — Most of Washington expects that the massive omnibus spending bill to pass House and Senate before the week is out, but some House Republicans and Democrats are still fighting a rearguard action to delay or stop it. What do the opponents have to say about the bill?
Jan 14, 2014 — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a preliminary settlement between the National Football League and retired players and their families over concussion-related injuries. The judge doubted that the $765 million settlement would adequately cover all of the retired players potentially eligible to be paid.
Jan 14, 2014 — In Vancouver four years ago, athletes who grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York accounted for about 1 in 10 medals won by the U.S. In this region, the Olympics don't seem like a pipe dream, and they don't seem like ancient history — they're just sort of what people do.
Jan 14, 2014 — A six-month deal to negotiate a limit to Iran's nuclear program and loosen Western sanctions is set to go into effect on Monday. But resistance from hardliners in both the U.S. and Tehran could mean trouble for negotiations. Melissa Block talks with Iran analyst Robin Wright. Wright is just back from a reporting trip to Iran.
Jan 14, 2014 — The U.S. and Afghanistan are mired in an ongoing standoff over a proposed long-term security agreement. Analysts say that part of the reason the two countries can't close the deal is because of a trust and communications gap. Despite 12 years of fighting the Taliban together, the two countries still have trouble understanding each other's politics and interests. And that could result in the U.S. withdrawing all troops by the end of this year.
Jan 14, 2014 — Young people account for less than one quarter of those who have enrolled in the health care exchanges. Their participation is considered crucial for the success of the Affordable Care Act, and so far it's low. The administration had been hoping for a higher figure, but it predicts that more 18- to 34-year-olds will sign up in the next three months. If that doesn't happen, insurers will likely raise premiums for 2015, and that could spell deep trouble for the health care program.
Jan 14, 2014 — An active conversation — and a hefty dose of outrage — is swirling on social media about the proper boundaries between public and private when it comes to illness and death. Lisa Adams, a stage 4 cancer patient, has been tweeting her experiences with the disease. Writers Bill and Emma Keller have derided her tweets as akin to "deathbed selfies." Melissa Block talks with Meaghan O'Rourke about how we treat dying in the digital age.
Jan 14, 2014 — Members of a special panel of advisers assembled by President Obama are testifying on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In December, the panel recommended changes to the way that the National Security Administration conducts surveillance.