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National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Economy Adds Jobs; Unemployment Drops
Employers added 128,000 jobs to their payrolls in August, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent. The Labor Department's monthly employment report presents a picture of an economy that is still expanding, but at a more moderate pace.
In Real Estate, Mind over Market Momentum?
The possibility that the U.S. housing market has overheated -- and is due to explode -- has been the subject of much speculation. Robert Siegel talks with William Wheaton, professor of economics and former director of the Center for Real Estate at MIT, about the role of psychology in the current slide.
New York Outlines Treatment of 9/11 Syndrome
New York City health officials begin mailing guidelines to doctors in the city on how to diagnose illnesses related to the World Trade Center explosions. But some, including those with health problems, are asking why it took the city nearly five years to issue the first guidelines.
Spanish Classes for Latino Immigrants
Many Spanish-speaking immigrants try, but fail, to learn English, because they're not even literate in their native tongue. So, the Mexican government is sponsoring literacy courses for migrants in the United States.
Going the Vegetarian Route, for a Bit
Recently Andrew Lam tried to be a vegetarian for a month -- not because he wanted to be healthier or wanted to be kind to animals, but in honor of his grandmother, who was a lifelong vegetarian. Andrew Lam's Perfume Dreams just won the Pen American "Beyond the Margins" Award.
Allen's 'Macaca' Gaffe, and Politicians' Errors
All politicians say things they regret, but some say things they really regret: ill-advised remarks that change the trajectory of their careers in an instant. The most recent example is Virginia Sen. George Allen, who has dropped off most short lists for president in 2008 after calling a dark-skinned man in his audience "macaca."
'Holy Vote' Analyzes Religion in U.S. Political Life
In his book, The Holy Vote, veteran journalist Ray Suarez explores the politics of faith in America. Suarez writes about gay marriage, intelligent design and other aspects of a fault line that often divides religious people from other religious people.
NASA's Orion Capsule Will Fly in Seven Years
NASA has announced that Lockheed Martin will build America's new space capsule, called Orion. Expected to orbit Earth by 2014, Orion is expected to reach the moon by 2020. Although the capsule design has not been deemed to be especially exciting, unlike earlier capsules, Orion will be reusable. Melissa Block talks with U.S. Air Force Chief Scientist Mark Lewis about the spacecraft.
Negroponte Hopes to Prevent Intel 'Fiasco'
Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte says he hopes that U.S. attempts to gather intelligence on Iran's nuclear weapons program are productive -- and accurate. In a post created after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Negroponte's job is to give U.S. policymakers information about al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.