- The debate over the debt ceiling
After narrowly averting a government shutdown, the fight over the debt ceiling now looms for Congressional leaders and President Obama. Should the debt ceiling be raised, or has the government borrowed enough?9:06 a.m.
Damian Paletta: Economic policy reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Ethan Pollack: Senior Policy Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute.
Brian Riedl: Lead budget analyst at The Heritage Foundation.
- Instability reigns in Somalia
Somalia is one of the world's most lawless countries, one of the reasons why piracy thrives there. Midmorning speaks with a reporter who's recently spent time there.9:45 a.m.
Frank Langfitt: NPR's foreign correspondent in East Africa. He recently spent time reporting from Somalia.
- A singer, and the struggle for civil rights
A new production at the Penumbra Theatre examines the significance of the Nat "King" Cole Show, one of the first network TV programs hosted by an African American, and the role it's star played in the modern civil rights era.10:06 a.m.
Lou Bellamy: Founder and artistic director of Penumbra Theatre Company. He directs the new Penumbra production "I Wish You Love."
Dominic Taylor: Associate artistic director of Penumbra Theatre and author of "I Wish You Love."
Dennis Spears: Singer and actor. He stars as Nat King Cole in Penumbra Theatre's "I Wish You Love."
You can follow Kerri Miller on Twitter at @KerriMPR
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