All Things Considered for February 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014 — The gulf between GOP House leaders and Tea Party-aligned conservatives is growing ever wider. Speaker John Boehner says even Mother Teresa couldn't deliver 218 GOP votes, given the party's current divisions.
Feb 14, 2014 — Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of . They discuss House Speaker John Boehner's role in raising the debt ceiling, this week's Democratic retreat and a federal judge's decision to strike down Virginia's gay marriage ban.
Feb 14, 2014 — American skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace took silver in Sochi on Friday. The medal was the first for the U.S. in the event since the Salt Lake City games in 2002, when Americans got the gold and silver.
Feb 14, 2014 — NASA has reactivated a mothballed spacecraft to look for big objects that might strike Earth. It's part of an increased effort to find potential hazards — but some scientists sizing up the sky think we should try harder.
Feb 14, 2014 — Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to host Robert Siegel about the latest developments in the Dolphins bullying investigation. Carried out by attorney Ted Wells on behalf of the National Football League, the investigation found a "pattern of harassment" on the team, including texts and voicemail abuse targeting Jonathan Martin.
Feb 14, 2014 — Penguin Books, India, withdrew Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternate History after a Hindu group's court challenge. The group said the book denigrated Hinduism. Doniger defended the publisher but said the Indian law that makes offending religious sentiment a crime should be changed.
Feb 14, 2014 — Scientists have made some attempts to link mollusks to increased libido. There's even evidence that consuming heavy doses of an amino acid found in oysters can increase sperm count - in rabbits. But do any of these findings actually prove that oysters can — ahem — amp up arousal? Not so much.
Feb 14, 2014 — Film critic Bob Mondello finds himself feeling deja vu as he look's at this week's releases, a trio of '80s reruns: RoboCop, About Last Night and .
Feb 14, 2014 — When the pint-sized actress and the tap-dancing legend performed their "stair dance" in The Little Colonel, it was considered the first interracial dance performance. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores the offscreen friendship of "Little Miss Sunshine" and Bill Robinson — both icons in their fields.
Feb 14, 2014 — California's drought is reigniting a political debate about how to manage the state's limited water resources and who should take priority.