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7:46 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Ferry Operator Sidelined By Government Shutdown

Passengers board the ferry to Fort Sumter. (Fort Sumter Tours)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

With the partial government shutdown, some 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed and more than a million others will be asked to work without pay.

But there are hundreds of private businesses that contract with the government that are also affected by the shutdown.

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NPR Story
7:33 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tom Daschle Looks Back At 1990s Shutdowns

Former Democratic Senate leader Tom Daschle talks about the current state of homeland security and other issues during an internet webcast at the Center for American Progress in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

In 1995 and 1996, the government shut down twice, for a total of 26 days.

During those years, it was President Bill Clinton who clashed with Republicans, led not by a freshman like Ted Cruz, but Newt Gingrich, the House Speaker at the time.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers were furloughed, and the whole ordeal cost $1.4 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service.

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NPR Story
7:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Merck Plans More Layoffs

Merck Research Laboratories in Boston. (Kate Hannon/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

The pharmaceutical giant Merck says it will cut 8,500 jobs in its global workforce. This comes after an earlier layoff of 7,500 employees.

The move is part of a major restructuring plan: the company has been losing money as other drug companies have become strong competitors.

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All Songs Considered
7:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

New Mix: Fuzz, Danny Brown, Linda Thompson, More

Clockwise from upper left: Danny Brown, Fuzz, The Blow, Tom Brosseau
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:47 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen has a confession: everything in the world is actually a dream in his mind. (Just listen to the podcast, it will make sense.) If that's true, co-host Robin Hilton is grateful that Bob has at least imagined some great new music. You'll hear some of it on this edition of the program, including rapper Danny Brown, Swedish electronic duo Jonsson & Alter, and the beautiful voice of singer Tom Brosseau.

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NPR Story
7:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Kate DiCamillo's Tale Of A Girl And A Squirrel

An illustration from "Flora & Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell. (Candlewick Press)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

Kate DiCamillo is the Newbery Medal winner for “The Tale of Despereaux,” the story of an adventurous mouse. Now, in her new new book “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” DiCamillo gives us Flora, a 10-year-old girl who loves to read comic books.

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NPR Story
7:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Sisterhood Of The Traveling (Cancer) Coat

Vicci Recckio, Anne-Marie Chang and Elaine Ducharme are pictured at the Here & Now studios. (Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

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NPR Story
7:03 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Colorado Rockslide Kills Five Hikers, Injures One Other

Agnes Vaille falls in Colorado. (shiningpolarisix/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

Rescuers are beginning to search through a wreckage of boulders for the body of five hikers who were killed in a rockslide in Colorado.

The rockslide yesterday morning crashed down on a popular trail that offers views of Agnes Vaille falls and the Chalk Creek Canyon.

It killed five hikers and injured one, who was airlifted to a Denver hospital, according to the Associated Press.

Rescuers were unable to begin their search on Monday because conditions were still considered too unstable.

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NPR Story
7:02 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A Short History Of Government Shutdowns

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

History professor Julian Zelizer joins Here & Now to look at the history of government shutdowns, which have occurred since the 1880s.

Since the 1980s, there have been nine shutdowns. Zelizer says the strategy of shutting down the government over a political battle has roots in the 1960s.

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NPR Story
7:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Reporter's Notebook: Steve Inskeep On Obama

President Obama is interviewed Monday in the Oval Office by Steve Inskeep for NPR's Morning Edition. (The White House)

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:35 pm

Last night, Congress was unable to come to an agreement on a government spending bill. So at midnight, for the first time in almost two decades, parts of the government officially shut down.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep sat down with President Obama yesterday to hear his thoughts on the crisis.

Inskeep joins Here & Now to open up his reporter’s notebook from the White House.

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Food
7:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

300 Sandwiches: The Secret To Boyfriend's Heart?

"Weekend Productivity" Mozzarella and Homemade Pesto BLT
Courtesy of Stephanie Smith

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:56 pm

What makes a guy put a ring on it? New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith hopes 300 sandwiches will be her answer.

It all started after one particularly tasty turkey sandwich she made for her boyfriend. Smith says that the sandwich was so good, he said, "You're, like, 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring."

So Smith got cookin' and is sharing her journey of food and love through her blog, 300sandwiches.com. It features a daily gourmet sandwich recipe.

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