Economic Recovery Still A Long Way Off
The unemployment rate grew in August from 9.5 percent to 9.6 percent. But that's mostly because 114,000 temporary Census jobs ended. The job decline is less than most economists expected as the private sector added 67,000 new jobs last month.
Week In Politics: Economy, Midterms
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the economy and the campaign season.
Castro Appearance Adds To Speculation About Role
In his first public speech in four years, a military-clad Fidel Castro stood on the steps of the University of Havana and addressed thousands of students. He warned them U.S. and Israeli tensions with Iran are pushing the world toward nuclear war.
Economy Threatens Ohio Democrat's Re-Election
The Stark County Fair in northeastern Ohio features poultry and pie, a headless lady and a midway. Fairgoers this year were also treated to a good bit of politicking, as freshman Democrat Rep. John Boccieri fights to hold onto the 16th district. His vote for the president's health care bill is one point of contention.
A Roving Revolution On London's Streets
London Mayor Boris Johnson, is a great believer in the idea of cycling to work, and since taking office, he's done a lot to encourage Londoners to take their commute on two wheels. NPR's new London correspondent, Philip Reeves, also likes the idea of riding his bicycle to work -- but is finds his fellow cyclists seem to take the whole thing far too seriously.
Rwanda Condemns U.N. Report On Congo 'Genocide'
The United Nations has delayed the release of a report detailing a decade of gruesome attacks against civilians in the Congo after Rwanda protested the findings. Drafts of the report leaked to the media last week and accused Rwandan troops of slaughtering Hutus in Congo in the 1990s.
Aid Worker: Congo Rapes A Strategy To Force Exodus
Melissa Block speaks with Miel Hendrickson, regional coordinator for International Medical Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hendrickson's team has treated more than 200 women who were raped in rebel attacks a month ago. The area is known for its gold and mineral deposits, and attacks on villages in the area is frequent.
Army Transformed By Iraq War
The war in Iraq has entered a new phase, as U.S. forces move toward an advisory role. Among the legacies of the conflict is the effect it had on the U.S. military and the Army in particular. The years-long fight in Iraq strained the Army almost to the breaking point. The Army has also been forced to reinvent itself and is now fighting a brand of warfare -- counterinsurgency -- that it had been reluctant to embrace.
Now We Are Alone: Living On Without Our Sons
A year ago, the author and his wife were part of a happy family with a bright future. Then their two sons were killed in a car crash. Now they feel a certain bond with other parents who understand that children die a second time "when no one speaks their name."
Obama To Offer Plan To Spur Job Growth
As summer comes to an end this weekend, "Recovery Summer" too sputters to an end. The Obama administration's hopes that the spring's jobs growth would continue were not realized. On Friday, the president said he'd be proposing new plans to give the economy a bit more juice.