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On ATC: NWA mechanics agreement, resurrecting the reuse mentality and the Roe Family Singers

Posted at 4:19 PM on October 9, 2006 by Bill Wareham

It's been more than a year since Northwest Airlines mechanics went on strike, but they've finally reached a tentative agreement with the airline. It isn't, however, the kind of agreement the mechanics probably envisioned when they walked off. On All Things Considered, Martin Moylan will report on what's in the package for a workforce that NWA more or less successfully replaced.

It has been said that ours is a throwaway society, but that hasn't always been the case. And there's a movement afoot to revive the philosophy that before we throw something into a landfill we ought to consider whether we can find a second use for it. Dan Olson reports that this is happening on a large scale in some places.

Except for their Midwestern accents, you might thing the Roe Family Singers came from Appalachia, and another time - maybe a century ago, give or take a few decades. Chris Roberts reports that the music maybe "old time" but some of the lyrics have a modern edge.