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Up First: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

The Los Angeles school strike is over and teachers return to the classroom after reaching an agreement with the LA school district. The Senate will vote on two dueling bills to fund the government — and neither is expected to pass. Meanwhile, FBI agents say they can't pay their bills or do their jobs due to the lack of funding.

Story of the Day : NPR: Shutdown Squeezes IRS Workers Just As The Tax-Filing Season Is About To Start

Tax season is more stressful this year for filers and IRS workers alike, because of tax law changes and the partial government shutdown that has left the agency with roughly half its normal staff.

World Story of the Day : NPR: Yo-Yo Ma Surprises Bystanders In Mumbai With A Mini-Concert

Yo-Yo Ma, the world's most famous living cellist, performed formally and informally in Mumbai this week, part of a long-term project to play Bach's six suites for cello in 36 places around the world.

Business Story of the Day : NPR: During Shutdown, Farmers And Others Lack Critical USDA Reports

The Department of Agriculture publishes the price, sales and inventory of the country's many agricultural products. Because of the partial government shutdown some of those reports aren't happening.

Talk and Interview

Fresh Air: Hosts Of 'Ear Hustle,' A Podcast Made From Inside Prison

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast 'Ear Hustle' when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods' sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life in prison.

1A: Money Moves: The Push For Financial Literacy In Schools

Student loan borrowers in the U.S. collectively owe $1.5 trillion. And less than 16 percent of U.S. students are required to take a personal finance course to graduate high school.<br/><br/>How are we preparing young people to be smart consumers? And why isn't financial literacy a standard in our schools?<br/>We discussed as part of our week of listener-selected show topics.<br/><br/>Want to support 1A? <a href="">Give to your local public radio station</a> and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter <a href="">@1a</a>.

On Point: Private Colleges Turn To Tuition Slashing To Stay Alive In Crowded Market

Some private college are slashing tuition. We’ll look behind the numbers and add up the risks and rewards. Anya Kamenetz, Panayiotis Kanelos, Jeff Selingo and Steven Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti.

On Point: Climate Change Is A Public Health Emergency, Doctor Says. Here's How To Respond

Climate change is a public health emergency and physicians are "morally bound to take a lead role" in confronting the challenges, says the doctor making the claim. Dr. Dr. Regina LaRocque, along with Dr. Mona Sarfaty, join Meghna Chakrabarti.


World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN: When In Glasgow, See Martha Ffion!

We got that advice from many folks on social media when we planned our recent World Cafe trip to Scotland. We met up with Martha Ffion for a chat and performance at "The Hug and Pint", a vegan restaurant and music venue that was instrumental early in her career. She treated us to songs from her debut full-length album, Sunday Best, as well as a new song called "Kennedy Hair". She also talked about drawing inspiration from jokes on American TV shows, and explained the term "curtain twitching".

Fun and Sports