All Things Considered for Monday, September 30, 2013

Hours From Shutdown, Senate Says No To House Plan

With hours left before a government shutdown, the Senate reconvened this afternoon and promptly said no to the latest House plan to delay the Affordable Care Act in exchange for funding the government.

Rep. Roe: 'We're Not Interested In A Shutdown'

Melissa Block speaks with Congressman Phil Roe, a House Republican and member of the Tea Party Caucus. He says he's no fan of the healthcare law — but he doesn't want to see a government shutdown either.

What Happens To The Economy If The Government Shuts Down?

Most analysts are predicting that a shutdown of the federal government will not last long. But there's no guarantee, and the mere possibility that a shut down might drag on was enough to push down the stock market today. It's one of many possible economic impacts a shutdown might have.

Turkish PM Pushes Reforms For Religious Minorities, Kurds

Turkey's prime minister announced Monday a long-awaited package of democratic reforms for parliamentary approval, including language and political rights long sought by Turkey's Kurdish minority. The package would also end a legal ban on women wearing headscarves in certain state institutions, and make goodwill gestures toward religious minorities. Kurds say the program doesn't go far enough, but analysts hope the moves will keep a fragile Turkish-Kurdish peace process alive.
Lizzie Skurnick has written for and about teens, and now she's venturing into publishing, with a new imprint dedicated to beloved and forgotten young adult novels. Skurnick says classic YA isn't just about fluffy romance; these are books about real life, which deserve to be preserved and celebrated.

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You

NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting are documenting just how vivid the typical person's digital picture has become — and how easy it can be for others to see it.

A History Of Love Gone Wrong, All In One Croatian Museum

From furry handcuffs to a toy bunny that a couple once shared, the Museum of Broken Relationships is filled with artifacts of romances that didn't quite work out.
Hazan, who died Sunday at age 89, helped revolutionize how Americans cook and appreciate Italian food. Ironically, Hazan — a biologist by training — had little interest in cooking until she met her husband, who became an indispensable partner in crafting her cookbooks.

Obama On The GOP: 'I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything'

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."
As the U.S. government braces for a shutdown, the Senate voted Monday to reject amendments to a stopgap spending bill passed by the House of Representatives that would have delayed the healthcare law for a year and repeal a tax on medical devices, and returned a "clean" continuing resolution that would keep the government open until Nov. 15 — and leave Obamacare intact — to the House.

'How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me?' Try Our Calculator

Insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul are expected to open in a few days. Yet many people aren't sure if they'll qualify for subsidized insurance. Many also don't know how much insurance might cost them. Information about premiums is now available in most places, and there's a tool to make use of it.

British Filmmakers Shift American 'Conversation On Race'

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.

FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics

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.
The feeling that your phone is vibrating when it isn't has been around long enough to warrant scientific research. One psychologist recommends taking regular breaks from our phones to keep anxiety down.

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Hiking Trail From Mexico To Canada More Popular Than Ever

A record number of people are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. This year, more than a thousand backpackers applied for permits to complete the entire 2,650 mile trek between Mexico and Canada, though just about half of them are expected to actually finish as the season wraps up this October.

Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together on a law to protect the Federal Helium Reserve. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from the national stockpile.

Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

All Things Considered's Audie Cornish speaks with the teenage New Zealand singer about her new album, Pure Heroine. "Royals" is just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from Lorde's pop peers.
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