Economy
2:56 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Job Trend More Than A Blip, But U.S. 'Can't Stop'

President Obama speaks after touring Rolls-Royce Crosspointe engineering plant in Virginia on Friday. Obama declared America "will thrive again" after another encouraging report on jobs growth.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 11:49 am

The American job market is still a long way from healthy, but its pulse feels a lot stronger now than it did six months ago. The Labor Department says employers added 227,000 workers to their payrolls in February, a solid — if not spectacular — performance. It continues a trend that suggests a genuine recovery, not a temporary blip.

The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, even as nearly 500,000 people joined the workforce.

Improvement in the job market is a boon for President Obama as he tries to hold onto his own job in November.

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Three-Minute Fiction
10:01 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book...

Luis Alberto Urrea was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction in 2005.
Nicole Waite Little, Brown & Co.

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 9:06 pm

Ready for some creative competition? Weekends on All Things Considered is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. Here's what we look for: original, short fiction that can be read in less than three minutes — that's no more than 600 words.

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Animals
9:27 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Stubborn As A Mule's Knot: Chiropractor Eases Pain

Mules have carried people and supplies in Grand Canyon National Park for more than a century. Now they have a chiropractor to soothe their aching muscles.
John Moore Getty Images

The famous pack mules that carry supplies and people in and out of the Grand Canyon have back pain, as you might imagine. One man is on a mission to make the lives of these beasts of burden a little less painful.

When Rene Noriega retired a few years ago after a long career as a Border Patrol agent, he took what — for him — was the next natural step.

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The Conservation Beat
5:44 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Price's Dairy Refuge Could Benefit from Senate Vote

An amendment to the federal transportation bill could help secure the future of a proposed Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

more conservation news on our blog: earth air waves

The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

VIDEO: Chilling New View Of The 1986 Challenger Explosion

Challenger explosion.
Huffington Post

Today, The Huffington Post released what it says is a never-before-seen video of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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Radio Theater
4:41 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

The First Woman by Lynn Miller

 

Sun. 3/18 6p: As a contribution to Women’s History Month, we travel with Lynn C. Miller on an excursion into the Archive of Forgotten Women where we encounter Victoria Claflin Woodhull, a suffragist and reformer from the late 19th century and the first woman to run for President of the United States. 

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The Environment Report
4:38 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Documentary - Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future

Sun. 3/18 11a: Brew the coffee, turn on the radio, and check your electronic mail – you’re on your way to burning 20 pounds of coal for the day. 

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New Dimensions
4:36 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Unleash Your Brain Power as You Age with Michael J. Gelb

Photo by user Vincent van der Pas Flickr

 

Sat. 3/17 6a: Research has shown that unlike our knees and hips, our brains improve with age.

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Afropop Worldwide
4:27 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Afropop Scenes from Mali and Senegal

Photo by Ji-Elle Wikimedia Commons

Fri. 3/16 10p: Two favorite Afropop destinations are Mali and Senegal. We have enjoyed the active club scene in Senegal and marveled at the powerhouse singing of Thione Seck and other local stars.

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Native America Calling
4:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

The Right to Choose Emergency Contraception

Photo by Nate Grigg Flickr

Fri. 3/16 11a: A new report by the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center was issued this week calling on the right to have access to emergency contraception referred to as “Plan B.”

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