WBUR News 'Fiscal Cliff' Was Meant To Spur Compromise November 8, 2012 Listen Pause Loading Error / Download Embed Code Copy/paste the following code Donate Robert Siegel and Melissa Block examine what makes up the so-called "fiscal cliff." Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Copyright NPR. View this article on npr.org.