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Despite big money, years of organizing and a chattering-class consensus that he’s the "inevitable" nominee, Mitt Romney has failed to connect with two-thirds of Republican voters. Should he be more open about his Mormon faith? How it would shape his conduct in office?  We talk with fellow Mormons and others. Also, the US reaches a $25 billion mortgage settlement with top banks, and Apple stores face protests worldwide.

Banner image: Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney waves to supporters during an election party at the Red Rock Casino February 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News US Reaches $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement with Top Banks 7 MIN, 12 SEC

President Obama announced today what he called "the largest joint federal-state settlement in American history." It's a $26 billion deal involving 49 states to provide relief from foreclosure abuse by five leading lenders: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial/GMAC Mortgage. Lorraine Woellert is finance regulation reporter for Bloomberg News.


Guests:
Lorraine Woellert, Bloomberg News

Main Topic Is Mitt Romney Too Reticent about His Mormon Faith? 37 MIN, 7 SEC

Mitt Romney's been called the "presumed front-runner," since the Republican campaign began, but most party members are looking for somebody else. Has Romney failed to tell them who he really is?  He calls Mormonism key to his character and often mentions his faith in God and loyalty to "the same church," but he's refused to explain how his religion affects his public life. In his one speech on the subject, he used the word "Mormon" exactly once. He seems, "unable to talk about the very subject he seems to care about most, a lifelong source of spiritual, familial and intellectual sustenance." If he were more open, could he shake the impression that he's hiding something? Even some fellow Mormons say raising the question is not religious bigotry. We look for answers.

Guests:
Frank Rich, New York magazine (@frankrichny)
Ron Scott, journalist and author (@BooInBoston)
Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Terryl Givens, University of Richmond

Mitt Romney

Ronald B. Scott

Reporter's Notebook Petitioning for Change at Apple 6 MIN, 11 SEC

The New York Times recently reported harsh working conditions at overseas plants that make products for Apple. Dell, HP and Microsoft use some of the same suppliers, but the world's most valuable company was the target of protests today in London, Bangalore, Sydney, San Francisco and Washington, and petitions with 250,000 signatures were scheduled to be delivered to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Some conceded they were iPhone and Mac users who wanted to "hold their heads high" again. Mike Daisey is an author and performer. His latest show now at the Public Theater in New York is The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

NOTE: After this discussion aired, This American Life discovered that its program, Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory, was partially fabricated, and has since dedicated an entire program to detailing the errors Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn. You can listen to TAL's episode, Retraction, to learn more.

Guests:
Mike Daisey, author and performer

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