The Treasury department says come Friday, it will not have enough cash on hand to pay the nation's bills, putting in jeopardy everything from defense contract payments to veterans benefits and social security checks.
Last month, Robbie Robertson came out with a previously unheard concert performed by The Band with Bob Dylan. Host Alex Cohen talks to him about the album, about being part of the most well-known rock groups in the world and where he finds his inspiration now.
The past few weeks has been filled with teachable moments for professors of political science and economics across the country. Dr. Raphael Bostic, professor at the Price School of Public Policy at USC, joins the show to talk about how he's teaching the shutdown.
There is a civil war going on inside the world of the Internet currency Bitcoin. Its backers are fighting over the future of the online cash after one of its biggest shopping sites was busted this month for selling illegal drugs and other goods.
Three weeks in many federal services and agencies remain closed, but there are a few that have reopened. The federal government has said states who are willing to foot the bill can open up their National Parks.
Jaime Jarrín is the Spanish voice of the Dodgers, and like his colleague, Vin Scully, he's a Hall of Fame broadcaster who's been at it for a long time. Jarrín has been calling Dodger games on the radio for 55 years.