Lawmakers convene in the nation's capitol today to decide whether to let taxes rise and possibly hurt the economy, or cancel the tax increases and add to the deficit.; The increasingly important role central banks are playing in the lives of investors.; Jody Agius Vallejo's new book, "Barrios to Burbs," examines middle-class Mexican Americans.; Why the NFL has only been using replacement refs so far.; Author D.T. Max talks about his meticulously researched new biography on writer David Foster Wallace.; Chicago's 25,000 public school teachers went on strike today after contract negotiations broke down.; NPR's Ina Jaffe joins the show to talk about her story on the fight over property on the campus of the VA Hospital in Los Angeles.; The plight of Syrian refugees.; A host of new cell phone apps let parents monitor their kids' movements around the clock.; A Los Angeles-based company is pumping water from under the Mojave and selling it to city slickers in the West.; At the beginning of each Mars day, Curiosity wakes up to a different song.
Brand & Martinez for September 10, 2012
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