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Analysis: Republican Bill Would Pay At-Work Furloughed Employees

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Federal employees who are working through the shutdown could get their paychecks on time. That's if Congress passes a bill that Republican lawmakers are working on in the U.S. House. The bill would require the government to pay workers who aren't currently furloughed during the usual pay period, even as the shutdown continues.

Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper joins WAMU All Things Considered host Jonathan Wilson to discuss the bill and its prospects.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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