The White House and military brass are calling for the development of alternative energy. One goal is cutting dependence on foreign sources. Another is reducing the carbon footprint of the largest fossil fuel consumer in the world. But now some on Capitol Hill are blocking the effort to green the military. Audie Cornish talks with Juliette Kayyem of the Boston Globe about the fight.
President Obama seemed blissfully oblivious during a news conference to the problems he caused himself Friday when he said that "The private sector is doing fine." Republicans pounced, accusing him of being out of touch, among other things.
Host Michel Martin looks at the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was voted down this week. Disappointed supporters say the bill would have helped close the pay gap between genders. Plus President Obama enlists celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintours. Martin speaks with columnists Mary Kate Cary and Connie Schultz.
American Catholic nuns are outraged over federal government budget cuts to programs that help the poor. They're taking their fight to the streets, on a bus tour. This comes at a critical time because of a conflict with the Vatican over "serious doctrinal problems." Host Michel Martin speaks with one road tripping nun, Sister Simone Campbell.
All the interpretations you ever wanted to hear about the Wisconsin recall results are in this week's podcast: what it means for labor, what it means for November, and, most importantly, what it means for your podcast hosts. Plus, a look at Tuesday's primaries. And what is Bill Clinton up to, anyway?
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