October 26, 2013 The Guardian, citing a 2006 memo, reported this week that the NSA monitored the phone calls of 35 foreign leaders. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel leveled her own wireless tapping accusation against the U.S. Chip Bok reflects Merkel's anger, while Jeff Danziger questions the sincerity of her outrage.
October 25, 2013 This week, New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage — made final when Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn't fight a state court ruling. Jimmy Margulies thinks the governor's decision could hurt his chances for a 2016 presidential run, while John Cole doubts that neighboring Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania will follow in Christie's footsteps.
October 25, 2013 In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps, we revisit Danny and Annie Perasa's story. Danny's big personality and deep love for his wife drew listeners in since their first interview in 2004. He died in 2006. "Danny didn't go," Annie says. "He's not gone because of StoryCorps."
October 24, 2013 Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say that the Obama administration's drone program may "constitute war crimes," and many countries are upset about reports of U.S. government spying within their borders. Schot thinks the American drone program is based on a fiction, while Arend Van Dam doubts anyone is safe from the NSA.
October 24, 2013 To celebrate the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps, we revisit Laura Greenberg, who told her daughter Rebecca about her gregarious parents — and her awkward first kiss with Rebecca's father, Carl. Now, it's his turn to share his side of the family story.
October 23, 2013 In the years since lawmakers bailed out the financial system in 2008, have we moved beyond "too big to fail"? Or would taxpayer money still have to come to the rescue in another financial crisis? A group of experts debates the wisdom of breaking up the largest banks for Intelligence Squared U.S.
October 23, 2013 President Obama says that "no one is madder than me" about the health insurance exchange snafu. Nate Beeler senses desperation from the White House, while Jen Sorensen has little patience for critics of the troubled roll-out.
October 23, 2013 In celebration of the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps we hear again from Wil Smith, a single dad who took his infant daughter, Olivia, with him when he went to college. Now, Wil is helping Olivia with her school search, a role he says he's happy to have after a battle with colon cancer.
October 22, 2013 The shutdown/default crisis wasn't resolved; it was just put off to another day. Rick McKee sees debt as the main issue and blames President Obama and Congress for failing to deal with it, while Dave Granlund believes the budget is paramount and thinks the problem can be resolved with a little bit of sole.
October 21, 2013 Problems still abound with the federally run health care exchanges. Chip Bok thinks it's far from accidental, while Gustavo Rodriguez reminds us of the alternative.
October 20, 2013 Senator Ted Cruz championed an unsuccessful strategy to defund the Affordable Care Act, which led the federal government to a partial shutdown and the edge of default. Now, Cruz vows not to back down from trying to kill Obamacare. John Darkow floats the accusation that it was all about the senator's self-interest, while Jeff Danziger doubts House Speaker John Boehner can stomach another effort.