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As the government endures a partial shutdown, we hear stories from people around the country whose lives have been affected. For additional perspective, host Michel Martin is joined by NPR business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Sudeep Reddy, of The Wall Street Journal.

Soon after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, some states tightened voting regulations. But the U.S. Department of Justice says North Carolina went too far, and has filed a lawsuit against the state. Host Michel Martin learns more.

In his interview with President Obama on Monday, NPR's Steve Inskeep says some of the president's remarks were reminiscent of what he said in 2011, during the debt ceiling crisis. One stark difference, however, was the president's firmness. "Absolutely I will not negotiate," the president said.

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with President Obama about the fight in Congress over the Affordable Care Act and funding the federal government, as well as the coming debt ceiling battle.

During a wide-ranging interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Obama talked about negotiating with the GOP, his relationship with its leaders and his hardened stance in regards to the upcoming battle over the debt limit.

As people around the world live longer, many nations are having to find new ways to care for their aging populations. In China, a new law requires adult offspring to visit and look after their elderly parents. China's one-child policy complicates the issue further, and some dismiss the law as another attempt to legislate morality by a government that is riddled with corruption.

As Congress raced toward avoiding a shut down of the government, it was John Boehner vs. Steny Hoyer on the House floor. The Republican speaker and the Democratic whip gave two incendiary speeches, as the shutdown seem inevitable.

An expert advisory committee recommended Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration allow the use of some personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing. But while many passengers are eager to use their tablets and music players all flight long, it may be months before any rules are changed.

In an interview with NPR, President Obama said Republicans can still avert a government shutdown, but when asked if the House has come up with a bill he would approve of, he answered flatly, "No."

Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave was one of several films featuring black British actors to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Black British filmmaking is on the rise on the global stage, and the worldwide focus leaves filmmakers and actors to navigate conversations on race and identity.

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