Obama's Jobs Plan Versus GOP Rivals' Plans
President Obama and two GOP presidential hopefuls have laid out their ideas to turn the economy around. NPR's Scott Horsley joins Robert Siegel to compare and contrast the plans.
Week In Politics: Obama's Jobs Speech
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss President Obama's jobs speech, and how the jobs issue is playing on and off the campaign trail.
D.C., N.Y. On Heightened Alert
Washington, D.C., and New York are on heightened alert Friday. That's because of a new terrorism warning that comes just ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston has been looking into the details of the new threat — and tells Melissa Block the latest.
Susquehanna River Drenches Small Pa. Towns
Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River is spilling over its banks, leaving serious flooding in its wake. The city of Wilkes-Barre's levies have held up, sparing it from a worst-case scenario flood. But small towns throughout south-central Pennsylvania are covered in water.
MLB Teams Sew Up Division Titles, Wild Card Slots
Summer is just about over. That usually means Major League Baseball fans are feverishly checking the standings as the playoff races tighten up in the last weeks of the season. But this year, virtually every division title and wild card slot have been sewn up. Could an unexciting September lead to a dramatic October? Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.
Battles For Survival, Small-Scale And Huge
Critic Bob Mondello looks at two new films — the domestic drama Warriors, and the viral-epidemic thriller Contagion — that get the fall moviegoing season off to a pleasantly substantial start.
Earlier Stimulus Offers Lessons For A Second Round
As President Obama proposes more infrastructure spending to create jobs, the earlier stimulus offers lessons of what worked, and what didn't, for temporary construction jobs. In some cases, the 2009 stimulus didn't create new jobs, an expert says.
HUD Secretary Discusses Refinancing Plans
While President Obama's speech Thursday night focused on jobs, the president also touched on homeownership. The president talked about helping people refinance mortgages, in turn putting more money in families' pockets. Robert Siegel speaks with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan about what the president has in mind.
Australian Wins Surfing Competition
Australian Owen Wright won the first ASP World Tour surfing competition held in New York. Wright beat out Kelly Slater, a ten-time world champion surfer, for the $300,000 prize.