IT workers largely shielded from economy's woes While thousands of Minnesotans are still struggling with unemployment, some lucky workers are entertaining multiple job offers. That's the world of tech jobs these days, where demand for talent is so great that workers seem to be enjoying a seller's market.4:49 p.m.
Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time
New Orleans residents are using Neighborland.com to post ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Initially a local public street art project, Neighborland tries to democratize city development by creating instant civic feedback. But the digital divide has left the city's computer illiterate out of the conversation.
The Sound Of Your City
We've been asking the NPR audience to send photos and sound from the heart of their cities. All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block hear from around the country what some of our listeners sent in.
Factories Scaling Back Amid Economic Slide
Manufacturing, seen as a recent bright spot in the economy, contracted in June. It was the first monthly downturn in three years. Analysts cited several factors for the surprising downturn, including recession in Europe and slower growth in China. A pullback in factory activity could spell trouble for the U.S. economy unless another key sector — construction — gains true momentum.
In Mexico, The Old Is New Again
The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is again back in power in Mexico after a 12-year hiatus. PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto claimed victory after exit polls showed a clear lead over his rivals in Sunday's election. The PRI ran Mexico for much of the 20th century with a mix of corruption and coercion until being ousted in an election in 2000. Pena Nieto called his victory a "fiesta of democracy."
With Problems Egypt, Will Morsi Play Role In Region
Hours after Mohammed Morsi's naming as president-elect of Egypt, the Iranian news media praised what it called Morsi's desire to warm ties with Tehran. Such a move would enrage Gulf Arab states and cause problems with Israel and the U.S. With a long list of domestic problems on his plate, will Egypt's new Islamist leader wade into regional disputes?
Online Classes Cut Costs, But Do They Dilute Brands?
More colleges are using online classes as a way to cut costs and maximize registered students. But the quality and benefits of an online education have come into question, since universities such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT offer their courses online free of charge.
Place Me App Places You ... Everywhere
Place Me is a mobile app that automatically checks users into locations and keeps a running history of where they've been and gone. Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, takes it for a spin around the block to see how accurate the app really is.
Lack Of Electricity Dims Afghan Economic Prospects
Despite billions of dollars in projects over the past decade, only about one-third of the Afghan population has access to regular power. The country imports electricity, but existing distribution lines aren't adequate. The lack of a reliable power supply is severely limiting economic growth.
Millions Remain Without Power As Heat Rises
Some two million customers from North Carolina to New Jersey and Illinois again woke up to no power Monday, following severe thunderstorms on Friday that left at least 18 dead. Meanwhile, the region faces more blistering heat.