European Union officials are spending the weekend preparing a massive bailout package to deal with Ireland's debt crisis. Meanwhile, protesters took to the streets of Dublin to denounce the painful public spending cuts heading their way.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Washington is bracing for the official release of recommendations from President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
And if an unscientific survey of people at a suburban Maryland is any indication, we could use a primer on the differences between debt and deficits.
There's a lot of work to do on Capitol Hill before the Republicans take the House majority in January: offices to move, signs to paint, agendas to write and calendars to build.
In the midst of that flurry, the GOP says it is implementing its campaign promises to make the House more transparent and accountable to the voters it represents. The man who is tackling that job is Oregon Rep. Greg Walden.
This year, competition for those holiday shopping dollars has retailers going to new lengths to try to reel in customers. Host Scott Simon talks with David Friedman, senior vice president of marketing for the Sears Holdings Corporation.
Fifty-eight members of the House of Representatives lost their seats on Nov. 2. Before they depart and the new Congress is sworn in, they may get the chance to vote on issues like tax cuts. This period is known as the lame-duck session. Host Scott Simon speaks with Rutgers University Professor Ross Baker.
Boise State's loss Friday against Nevada dashed their hopes of playing in a national title game this year. It's been a matter of debate in the college football world about whether the Bowl Championship Series is even fair to a school like Boise State. Host Scott Simon talks with Boise State University President Robert Kustra, who says the current BCS system makes it difficult for a team like his to ever win a national championship. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.
Marc Chagall's America Windows is a love letter cast in stained glass. The great modern artist created it in his own hand to honor Chicago, America's bicentennial and Mayor Richard J. Daley, who died in December 1976. Host Scott Simon talks with curator Stephanie D'Alessandro about the piece, newly cleaned, restored and put back on display in the Art Institute of Chicago.