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All Things Considered
Thursday, August 4, 2011

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  • Double Dip: Is U.S. Headed For Another Recession?
    The economy is already skirting the razor's edge that separates recession from recovery. Current numbers are less than encouraging, and the country faces a number of challenges just a little further in the future, including another decision about raising the debt ceiling.
  • White House Sets Sights On Job Creation
    Now that the debt ceiling debate is over, the Obama administration is promising a renewed effort to create jobs. But what's the best way to stimulate hiring? Melissa Block talks with economists Russell Roberts and Jared Bernstein about their views. Roberts is a professor at George Mason University and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Bernstein is a senior fellow at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a former member of President Obama's economic team.
  • President Obama Celebrates 50th Birthday
    President Obama turns 50 Thursday. Melissa Block talks about how he's marking the milestone — and who else shares his birthday.
  • Calif. May Take L.A. County To Court
    Los Angeles County supervisors are refusing to turn over subpoenaed records involving the deaths of youngsters under supervision by the Department of Children and Family Services. The state auditor, who is also looking at child deaths in Alameda, Fresno and Sacramento, says L.A. county's refusal is a crime. The Legislature ordered an investigation into the L.A. county deaths earlier this year after a Los Angeles Times report found that more than 70 children have died since 2008 of abuse or neglect after coming under the purview of county social workers.
  • In Miami-Dade, Economic Upheaval Ushers In Change
    Carlos Gimenez was sworn in as mayor in July after a recall campaign that ousted his predecessor. That election was part of a national wave of voter anger over taxes. Now, the new mayor proposes a layoff of county workers, slashing pay and benefits, and closing libraries.
  • Reid Announces FAA Deal
    Congress has found a way to reopen the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has been partially shut down for almost two weeks with more than 4,000 employees and tens of thousands more contractors sent home. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday afternoon that he has reached a compromise with Republicans. But, it's a temporary fix and does not deal with the underlying problem. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Brian Naylor.
  • After FAA Shutdown Ends, Lobbying Battle Continues
    Even as Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a bipartisan compromise to end the shutdown at the Federal Aviation Administration, a legislative struggle — and some high-powered lobbying — continued behind the scenes.
  • Traded NFL Free Agents Want To Keep Their Numbers
    NFL free agents are changing old uniforms for new — but many go to great lengths not to change their numbers. But there is a high price of keeping a favorite number.
  • Letters: FAA; Air Conditioner; Garmin; Pool
    Melissa Block reads letters from listeners.
  • On Location: Mansfield, Ohio's 'Shawshank' Industry
    The Ohio city where the prison drama The Shawshank Redemption was shot is home to an abandoned reformatory, a century-old oak tree, and now a cottage industry built up around the annual pilgrimages that fans of the movie make to see the locations.

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