Planet Money
10:36 am
Fri April 20, 2012

When Lobbyists Pay To Meet With Congressmen

Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:49 pm

Yesterday, we reported on the fundraisers that lobbyists hold for Congressmen every day in Washington. Today, we hear what happens inside those events. The stories are part of our series on money in politics.

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Planet Money
10:24 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?

Robert Benincasa NPR

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:53 pm

Our story begins last month inside a busy Washington, D.C. subway station plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them says: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." Another asks: "Do you heart the dollar?"

Political fights in the nation's capital normally involve billions or even trillions, not single dollars. What's going on here?

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of April 23rd

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with one of our favorites from the Exchange archive vault.  We bring you our "Boys Left Behind" show and ask with all this attention to the advancement of girls in schools have we forgotten about the boys?

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

A Tussle over Town Meetings

More than fifteen years ago, voters were given the option of changing their local democratic process and ditch the all-day gatherings through a new system called SB2, named after the senate bill that introduced it. Town have gradually adopted this system which some feel undermines the democratic process while others believe it is a far more manageable system given the typically busy schedules of the citizens.


Dennis Delay: Senior Economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

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Presidential Race
8:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Working Moms' Challenges: Paid Leave, Child Care

Many working mothers say their employers don't support them when they need to tend to a sick child. In this file photo, a single mother holds her child at a health clinic in Colorado.
John Moore Getty Images

The past week's political firestorm in the presidential race focused on stay-at-home moms, but two-thirds of women with young children now work. Nearly half are their family's primary breadwinner. What some feel is being lost in the political debate are the challenges they face in the workplace.

When Kids Get Sick

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The Record
8:33 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Levon Helm, Drummer And Singer In The Band, Dies

Levon Helm performing with The Band in 1971.
Jan Persson Redferns

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It's All Politics
7:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Ann Romney Takes Center Stage In Tug Of War For Female Voters

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaks at his Nevada caucus victory celebration in Las Vegas on Feb. 4.
Gerald Herbert AP

For the past two weeks, the campaigns of both President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney have accused each other of waging a war on women. But what's really going on is a war for women's votes.

The president, like Democrats before him, has an advantage with female voters — who make up 53 percent of the American electorate. Romney is trying to close the gender gap by using his most powerful and popular surrogate: his wife.

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Research News
7:37 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Justin Knapp Makes History On Wikipedia



Around the Nation
7:14 am
Fri April 20, 2012

N.J. Gov. Christie Challenges 'New York Post' Story



NH's Immigration Story
7:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Immigrant Integration in New Hampshire- The Conference

Panelists discuss regional efforts of immigrant integration in New Hampshire
Photo Credit: Mary-Catherine Jones

This past Saturday, about 200 people came together for the Immigrant Integration in New Hampshire Conference. The intent of the gathering was to highlight the positive benefits immigrants have on New Hampshire’s business and communities. It was also to share ideas on what works well for integrating new comers to the state. As part of NHPR’s ongoing series New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, I spoke with Kelly Laflamme, the Program Director of the Endowment for Health, and an organizer of the event. She said the conference brought together a diverse set of people and agencies.

Photos: Mary-Catherine Jones, you can view her work here.