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Roundtable Considers Philosophical Implications Of Government Shutdown

The Capitol Building On First Day Of Federal Government Shutdown


More than 800,000 federal employees have been sent home, WIC benefits are dwindling, and the Center for Disease Control lacks the full ability to respond to outbreak investigations. As we enter day four of the government shutdown, roundtable guests discuss the political and philosophical implications of the government halt. What does it mean for a nation if our governing body can just cease work? Host Frank Stasio talks with Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Duke University philosophy professor; Shorlette Ammons, the Community Food Systems Outreach Coordinator at the Center For Environmental Farming Systems; and Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat, public policy and economics professor at Duke University.

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.