Politics
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

As Democrats Unveil Budget, Obama Continues Charm Offensive With GOP

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

The lines are now starkly drawn between Republican and Democratic approaches to the nation's finances. President Obama met with House Republicans today about the budget - they released their budget plan yesterday - and in the other chamber today, Senate Democrats unveiled their proposals.

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The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

First Latin American Pope Known As A Humble Leader

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Sylvia Poggioli about the scene at the Vatican after a Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected as pope on Wednesday.

The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

New Pope Criticized For His Association With Argentina's Dirty War

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Ian Mount, a freelance reporter in Buenos Aires, for more on Catholicism in Argentina, the home country of Pope Francis I.

The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Catholics Around The World React To Announcement Of New Pope

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

We have reaction from around the world to the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as pope.

The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Pope Francis I Was 'Runner-Up' At Previous Conclave

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 8:55 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Matthew Bunson, senior correspondent of the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor, for some more background on Pope Francis, who was chosen Wednesday.

The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio Becomes First-Ever Jesuit Pope

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

At the Vatican on Wednesday it was announced that Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be the first-ever Jesuit pope. Melissa Block speaks with Father Robert Ballecer of the Jesuit Conference of the United States about the significance of the first Jesuit pope.

The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

New Pope's Selection Of 'Francis' Name Surprises Some

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

More now on the direction of the Catholic Church under the new Pope Francis. I'm joined here in the studio by theology professor Chad Pecknold of the Catholic University of America. Thanks for coming in.

CHAD PECKNOLD: Thanks for having me, Melissa.

BLOCK: You know, when we were listening to this announcement and the name Pope Francis came forth, you said wow. You read a lot into just that choice. He is Pope Francis I. Talk a bit more about the symbolism of that.

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The Papal Succession
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Pope Francis: Cardinals 'Found One All The Way At The End Of The World'

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

Cardinals elected a new pope on Wednesday — Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more on the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis I.

Afghanistan
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Troops In Afghanistan Receive Hagel As Someone Who's Walked In Their Boots

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:44 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Chuck Hagel is freshly back this week from his first trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary. For the 66,000 American troops in Afghanistan, the distance that separates them from their Pentagon superiors can feel enormous. They received Hagel as one who has walked in their boots. NPR's David Welna was along on the trip.

(SOUNDBITE OF MILITARY CADENCE)

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Around the Nation
4:17 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Health Problems Compound For Aging Homeless

Tony Lithgow, 49, and Andrea Mayer, 51, live together on the streets of Baltimore. Researchers say the aging homeless population is due to younger baby boomers who came of age during the 1970s and '80s, when there were back-to-back recessions.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:27 pm

Tony Lithgow and Andrea Mayer have been living under a highway overpass in downtown Baltimore since last year. He's 49 and has been homeless on and off for eight years. She's 51 and has been homeless for 10 years.

Living on the streets has clearly taken a toll on the couple, both physically and mentally. While they're standing at a corner waiting for a free city bus to take them to a soup kitchen, Tony shouts at a passenger staring at them from a car stopped at the light.

"We're homeless!" he calls out to the man.

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