October 2013: Month in Sound

1. The US Government Shuts Down

The US government was partially shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years. The shutdown means that up to a million federal workers are on unpaid leave. KCPW's Roger McDonough spoke to Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch and State Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis, to hear about how this happened, and to try to get a sense of what comes next.

2. How Politics Set the Stage for the Obamacare Website Meltdown

The easy answer is that computer glitches stalled the launch of the Affordable Care Act health exchanges. But it's not as simple as that. The Obama administration lost valuable time waiting for a Supreme Court decision, a presidential election and state health exchange plans.

3. Peter Higgs & Francois Englert Awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

Scientists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics for their quest for the Higgs boson – the so-called “God particle.” The European Organization for Nuclear Research proved its existence last year with a massive particle accelerator. But as KUT reported shortly after the particle’s discovery, some Texas physicists say the discovery could have been here made years ago.

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