Christmas To You; Changing Wages; Politics Here and There

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Over 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. We’ll hear about the different ways you and your family celebrate the Yuletide holiday. Plus: WNYC’s Charlie Herman on the difference between the living wage, the prevailing wage, and the minimum wage – and what’s changing. And we’ll hear political updates from Washington with Susan Page of USA Today, and Azi Paybarah of Capital NY on the local mayoral transition.

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Washington Politics: ACA, NSA, Not Okay

Today is the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act for coverage starting January 1, 2014. According to enrollment numbers released Friday, one million Americans have signed up for the program, still short of the projected figures for the end of the year. Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today, updates the situation in Washington. Plus: how the Obama administration will react to two strong rebukes of the NSA last week, one from a federal judge and one from an all-star panel.

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Local Politics Round-Up

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, discusses the headlines in local politics, from the latest mayoral appointments to the City Council Speaker selection process.


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Etan Patz, Confession, and Mental Illness

In May 2012, the NYPD finally brought resolution to the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz when it announced that Pedro Hernandez had confessed to his murder. That confession has now been called into question. WNYC investigative reporter Robert Lewis and ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien discuss why the NYPD's failure to record Hernandez's interrogation might complicate a guilty verdict.

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Minimum Wage Changes

Minimum wages are going up by nearly a dollar in New York and New Jersey on January 1. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC News, reviews the details and explains who's exempt and who's eligible for a higher "living wage.”


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Evangelicals Falling

Jim Hinch, reporter/columnist at The Orange County Register and contributor to The American Scholar, tells about a shift in fortunes for the U.S. evangelical movement through one Orange County mega-church.

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Christmas Is Changing

Abby Ohlheiser, writer for The Wire, discusses two new studies from the Pew Research Center and the Public Religion Research Institute that look at how Christmas celebrations and attitudes toward the holiday change over time and as people grow up. 

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