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Working Late: Older Americans On The Job
12:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Series Overview: More Americans Working Past Retirement Age

John David, 73, chats with one of his students after his exercise class at the 92nd St Y in New York.
Shiho Fukada for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:58 am

The top financial worry of Americans is that they won't have enough money when they retire, according to a recent Gallup poll. And the average age at which Americans expect to retire keeps rising — from age 60 in the mid-1990s to age 67 now, the survey showed.

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Kitchen Window
12:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Porridge: A Just-Right Meal To Fight Winter's Chill

Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:50 pm

Porridge doesn't get a lot of love and respect. It's the fairy tale stuff of Goldilocks, or the pauper gruel of Oliver Twist. But really, porridge can be a beautiful thing, especially during the cold slog of winter. It's a comforting way to start the morning, a nice warm hug of a breakfast. And, dare I say, it actually can be kind of exciting.

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It's All Politics
12:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Obama To Congress: With Or Without You

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 12:09 am

President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

As is traditional for a State of the Union speech, Obama called on Congress to send legislation to his desk addressing not just immigration, gun control and the budget but a range of policy areas including women's rights, industrial policy and relief for homeowners.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Hot Dog: Affenpinscher Banana Joe Wins Best In Show

Ernesto Lara presents Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, during the Best in Show competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 10:34 pm

He's America's top dog: An affenpinscher named Banana Joe was named best in show Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"Affectionately called a monkey dog because he looks just like one, Banana Joe made up for near misses the last two years at Madison Square Garden.

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It's All Politics
12:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rubio, A New Face, Delivers A Familiar Message In Response To Obama

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at his Capitol Hill office on Feb. 7. On Tuesday night, he delivered the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 10:48 pm

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio drew on his own humble beginnings and the continuing struggles of his West Miami neighbors — many of them immigrants like his Cuban-born parents — in the Republican response Tuesday to President Obama's State of the Union address.

In a speech delivered from the Speaker's Conference Room in the U.S. Capitol, Rubio strove mightily, and somewhat nervously, to transform the perception — cemented during last year's presidential race — that his party's embrace excludes those who aren't rich and white to one that has middle-class interests at heart.

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It's All Politics
12:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

What Were All Those Ribbons At The State Of The Union?

Vice President Biden wore a green ribbon in honor of the Connecticut elementary school shooting victims during President Obama's State of the Union address.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:50 pm

Green ribbons were on prominent display at President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, worn in honor of the victims of the Newton, Conn., elementary school shooting.

Plenty of other ribbons and lapel pins gave visual support to causes. But ribbons in the green and white colors of Sandy Hook Elementary — including one worn by Vice President Biden, who was positioned behind the president on the live television coverage — were the most prominent.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Transcript: GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 12:06 am

  • Listen to Sen. Marco Rubio's Response

Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):

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Politics
12:43 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 12:05 am

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Feb. 12, 2013:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:

Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress...It is my task," he said, "to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all."

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Planet Money
12:42 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Planet Money: Why Buying A Car Is So Awful

David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:48 pm

In survey after survey, people rank buying a car as one of their least favorite experiences.

Why hasn't anyone figured out a better way to sell cars? Why can't you just go to a car store and shop for cars from a bunch of different manufacturers? Why don't cars have real price tags — with real prices, that people actually pay?

Today on the show: Why car buying is so unpleasant, and what your local legislators may be doing to keep it that way.

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It's All Politics
12:42 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Obama: It's Not Bigger Government We Need, It's A 'Smarter' One

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 11:43 pm

In his State of Union address on Tuesday, President Obama set forth a sweeping vision for his second term, tackling not only monumental issues such as entitlement and tax reform but also everyday ones like raising the minimum wage and providing universal preschool.

Coming off an inaugural address that many saw as a powerful embrace of a liberal agenda, President Obama opened the speech with a nod to bipartisanship.

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