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American Folk Singer Peter Seeger Dies

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:00am

Pete Seeger died Monday night in New York at the age of 94. The most prominent folk music icon of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist and a major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo.

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Broad Issues Galvanize Ukraine Protesters' Stand

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:00am

The political unrest in Ukraine is spreading. Steve Inskeep talks to Steven Pifer, senior analyst at the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, about the issues behind the upheaval in Ukraine.

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Grammy Sbow: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Over the years, the Grammy awards have become less and less about music and more about an entertainment spectacle. The nominations were even announced on an hour-long TV show on a Friday night.

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Is The Dream Of Democracy Still Alive In Egypt?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Three years ago, the popular uprising in Egypt was considered a democracy movement. But now the military is in control of the government and the freely-elected president is in jail. To discuss the state of Egypt, Steve Inskeep talks to Issandr El Amrani of the International Crisis Group.

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Deaths, Arrests Mark 3rd Anniversary Of Egypt's Uprising

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

The third anniversary of Egypt's revolution was marked with violent clashes across the country between pro and anti-government protestors. By Sunday morning at least 49 people had been killed and more than 1,000 arrested.

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HR 2 Return (0:29)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

IRS Wants To Tighten Its Rule On Social Welfare Groups

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

The IRS is asking Americans to comment on how it should regulate social welfare groups. Under the tax code, they are known as 501(c)(4) groups. They are the new players in politics — heavily financed but done so anonymously.

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Politics In The News

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

As President Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union message Tuesday night, members of his team are making media appearances to talk about why they think the president will be able to accomplish more this year than last. But the president faces strong headwinds, according to public opinion polling.

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The Last Word In Business

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Former Wonkblog Team To Create New Site For Vox Media

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Ezra Klein and the team behind the Wonkblog at The Washington Post have found a new home. They are joining Vox Media, a digital outfit with sites serving sports fans, foodies and gamers — but little in the way of news about politics. The creation of the new site, tentatively called Project X, demonstrates the pull of digital media for entrepreneurial journalists.

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Federal Reserve Officials To Evaluate Stimulus Easing

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Federal Reserve officials are meeting this week to decide whether to continue easing up on economic stimulus measures. The pullback by the Fed so far is being felt around the world, especially in some emerging markets.

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Business News

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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Crowd-Funding Website Helps Olympians Achieve Their Dream

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Many athletes go into debt funding their Olympic dreams, and the vast majority will never earn enough from sponsorships or endorsement deals to cover their expenses. Bill Kerig started a crowd-funding site — RallyMe — to help those athletes. He tells Renee Montagne about the problem and the personal stories of some Sochi hopefuls.

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HR 1 Return (0:29)

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Bribery Trial To Begin For Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

A high-stakes public corruption trial starts in New Orleans on Monday. Former Mayor Ray Nagin faces federal criminal charges in what prosecutors describe as a series of schemes to profit from his position. He's accused of taking more than $200,000 worth of bribes from businessmen who won lucrative city contracts when he was in office.

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Political Turmoil In Ukraine Spreads Outside Capital Kiev

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

The protests began last fall in the capital when the country's president refused to sign a trade deal with the European Union because of pressure from Russia. Demonstrations are now occurring in cities normally supportive to the governing party.

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As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:35am

Intel planned to open a massive chip plant in Arizona, and President Obama even visited it and called it "an example of an America that's within our reach." But demand for PCs has slowed, and it's left the company rethinking its next moves.

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Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.

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Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered).

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Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:00am

Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity the president gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal.

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