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All Things Considered
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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  • Record Low Poll Numbers Spell Uncertain Future For Both Parties
    Voters are sour on just about every leader and political institution in America. Everyone from the president to Congress is experiencing record-low ratings.
  • Despite Low Ratings, Obama Remains A Democratic Money Magnet
    Already the president has raised tens of millions of dollars for Democrats running for office in 2014.
  • One-Fifth Of Norwegians Tune In To Watch Rock Star Chess Champ
    Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen is competing in the 2013 World Chess Championships. Melissa Block speaks with Joran Jansson, president of the Norwegian Chess Federation, for more on his rise to a number one ranking and what his popularity means for the game of chess.
  • Cautious Optimism As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume
    Envoys from Iran and six world powers are set to resume talks in Geneva Wednesday on Iran's suspect nuclear program. Considerable progress was made in the last round on an interim deal that would temporarily freeze Iran's nuclear program while easing some of the international economic sanctions. There are cautious hopes on both sides that the interim deal can be finalized at this session.
  • Robert Conley, First Host Of 'All Things Considered,' Dies
    It was Conley, who on May 3, 1971, set the tone for NPR's flagship newsmagazine. As one of the show's current hosts Robert Siegel explains, Conley established that the program would be different.
  • Illinois, Chicago Residents Sue Over Refinery Soot
    The oil-refinery residue known as 'pet coke' may have a funny nickname, but few residents are laughing about open-air storage practices. They've filed a class-action lawsuit against companies involved in storing pet coke, saying the substance is blowing into and contaminating their neighborhoods. The state's attorney general has also filed suit against one company.
  • New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21
    New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so.
  • Mixed Messages On Cancelled Health Plans Leave Consumers Confused
    Millions of Americans are trying to figure what to do now that their health insurance policies have been cancelled. The policies were cancelled because they didn't comply with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The president now says insurers who offered substandard policies can continue offering them for one more year. But most insurance companies are still figuring what to do, so it's very difficult for individuals to get reliable information, let alone make a decision.
  • Short Speech Still Resonates: The Gettysburg Address Turns 150
    Tuesday marks the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg address. President Abraham Lincoln delivered these 278 words at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg. Melissa Block talks with Civil War historian Harold Holzer about the address.
  • JPMorgan, Feds Finalize Record $13 Billion Mortgage Settlement
    A long-awaited deal between JP Morgan Chase and the Justice Department was finalized Tuesday. The bank — one of Wall Street's largest — agreed to pay a total of $13 billion to resolve a number of legal issues stemming from mortgage securities sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.

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