All Things Considered for February 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014 — President Obama will be in Mexico on Wednesday to talk about trade and commerce. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has made the economy the cornerstone of his administration's agenda, but security is still a major problem in parts of the country. Nowhere are the challenges more daunting than in the western state of Michoacan, where civilian militias have been fighting a ruthless drug cartel and federal forces have moved in to try to restore calm.
Feb 18, 2014 — On the eve of President Obama's visit to Mexico, Robert Siegel speaks with Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican ambassador to the United States. They discuss the security situation in Mexico, the prospects for immigration reform and the trade agreements shared by the two countries.
Feb 18, 2014 — The AFL-CIO executive committee is meeting in Texas this week to discuss the United Auto Workers' defeat in efforts to organize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant. Committee member hope to decipher what it may mean for other union membership drives across the South.
Feb 18, 2014 — The Congressional Budget Office is projecting job losses as a result of a proposed federal minimum wage increase. The raise to the hourly wage has been a cornerstone of President Obama's recent policy speeches. According to predictions by the non-partisan CBO, approximately 500,000 jobs would be lost by late 2016 due to such a law's implementation.
Feb 18, 2014 — We're so close to spring, we can nearly smell the flowers on the breeze — but we're by no means there yet. Dance out the wait with our Cabin Fever Playlist, 90 songs suggested by listeners and curated by producers at All Things Considered.
Feb 18, 2014 — It used to be easy to buy a light bulb. But the transition to more energy-efficient lighting means choosing from an array of products. We help you navigate the world of the 21st century light bulb.
Feb 18, 2014 — In 2007, Missouri repealed a law requiring gun buyers to obtain a license demonstrating they'd first passed a background check. In the years that followed, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research tracked the results. In the forthcoming issue of Journal of Urban Health, the center will release it's findings: The law's repeal was associated with an additional 55 to 63 murders per year in Missouri between 2008 and 2012. For more on the report, Audie Cornish speaks with Daniel Webster, the director of the center.
Feb 18, 2014 — With so much pressure on schools to improve test scores, music and the arts sometimes fall off the list of priorities. That's led advocates for music education to point out its benefits in the classroom.
Feb 18, 2014 — Ukraine saw a revival of unrest on Tuesday. After some days of relative calm, clashes between protesters and government forces reportedly began again, with demonstrators chanting "shame" and hurling Molotov cocktails at riot police. It remains unclear how many people were killed in the protests. Robert Siegel speaks with journalist David Stern, who is in Kiev, Ukraine, for more on the renewed protests as they happen.
Feb 18, 2014 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed a European communications network that would contain online communications within that continent. David Meyer, senior writer at GigaOM, tells Audie Cornish about the source of this idea and whether or not it's feasible.