August 1st: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the ongoing negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, and Philip Rubio on what we'll lose if we lose our neighborhood post office. In the second hour, sociology professor C.J. Pascoe explains the psychology of humiliation, and the NFL.
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August 1st: What's On Today's Show

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Capitol Hill Sunday, after leaders from both parties reached an agreement on raising the national debt ceiling. Astrid Riecken/Getty Images hide caption

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Debt Deal Q&A
With a deal in hand to lift the debt ceiling and cut spending, congressional leaders now must sell that compromise bill to two very wary houses of Congress today. Top Democrats and Republicans agreed to a plan with the White House that would lock in about $900 billion in federal spending cuts, while raising the debt ceiling a similar amount. Neither conservative Republicans nor liberal Democrats in the House are expected to support the plan and passage is far from certain. The political story will unfold throughout the day as the countdown to possible default hangs over negotiations. NPR's Ron Elving and Tamara Keith will explain the and the potential effects on the economy with guest host Tony Cox.

What If We Lose Our Post Offices?
The United States Postal Service announced last month that up to 3,700 post offices across the country could close as early as January. Facing a more than $8 billion deficit, the Postal Service also says they may have to eliminate Saturday delivery. Philip Rubio carried mail for 20 years and, in an op-ed for The Washington Post, he argues that the Post Office delivers far more than mail. "Losing postal jobs and post offices means losing community," he writes. Guest host Tony Cox talks with Rubio about what we will lose if we lose our post offices, and what the institution means to many communities.

Humiliation has become a form of entertainment, especially on the Internet, Wayne Koestenbaum argues. The author traces the many faces of humiliation in a new book, whether as the victim, the abuser or a witness. Each role plays an important part in how we interpret and understand our most embarrassing moments. Guest host Tony Cox talks with Koestenbaum the many ways humiliation plays out in our lives, in the media and in history. He'll also talk with Colorado College sociology professor C.J. Pascoe about the psychology of humiliation and how the web often amplifies the experience.

Players and team owners accepted a new agreement and the NFL lockout is over. Now, it's off to training camp and a flood of free agent signings. The new 10-year agreement offers players greater work place safety, better health care and fewer practices. Owners get a bigger slice of the money. As training camps get underway, guest host Tony Cox talks with NPR correspondent Mike Pesca about the new contract and how the lockout could change fans views of the season ahead.