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Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

In today's fractured nation, there's one thing Americans seem to agree on: government is not working. Last month a Gallup poll showed Americans' approval of the way Congress is handling its job dropped to a record low of 9 percent. And the president's approval rating dipped below 40 percent. Political analysts on the left and the right are trying to figure out what's going on. More than a few are asking whether the U.S. Constitution should share the blame. As one analyst put it, the Constitution "guarantees gridlock" and is "virtually impossible to change." Diane and her guests discuss dysfunction in Washington and the Constitution.


From 'Unproud' To 'Hombre,' Election 2016 Is Testing Our Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster noticed the number of unique words coming out of this campaign, and has been using Twitter to report the most searchable words. Lexicographer Peter Sokolowski talks to Rachel Martin.

A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

Republican And Trump Critic Ana Navarro Speaks On Election

Ana Navarro has become a standard bearer for Republican women repudiating Donald Trump. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the GOP strategist about her view of the election, which is only 16 days away.

The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.

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