Economy
1:56 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 10:49 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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Fresh Air Weekend
9:05 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Maya Rudolph, William Shatner

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 8:44 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Three-Minute Fiction
9:01 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 8:06 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
8:27 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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NW Man's Tsunami Documentary
5:33 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Washington Man Directs New Japan Disaster Documentary

A documentary about last year’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan is showing in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
Photo credit: Chris Noland Northwest News Network

An Everett, Washington, man is excited for the U.S. premiere Friday of his documentary about last year’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. The first-hand account will also get its Canadian premiere in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday night, almost precisely one year after the disaster. Correspondent Anna King has his story.

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Oregon Bald Eagle Recovery
5:21 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Oregon Removes Bald Eagles From Threatened List

Bald eagle in flight. Oregon's population has recovered in recent years.
Photo credit: USFWS USFWS

Bald eagles are no longer considered threatened by the state of Oregon. The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to remove the iconic bird from the state list of endangered species.

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Umatilla Depot Closing
4:25 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Umatilla Chemical Depot Employees, Nearby Communities, Celebrate Its End

A chemical operations crew from the Umatilla Chemical Depot separate rocket motor and warhead sections on nine M55 rockets.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency

RICHLAND, Wash. – There’s one less chemical weapons cache in the world today. The U.S. Army has certified to the international panel in The Hague that the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot is free of all chemical agents in compliance with international treaties. An end-of-operations celebration is planned for March 15. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Doomsday Prophet Camping Says Predictions Were 'Incorrect And Sinful'

Harold Camping inside the Family Radio compound in Oakland, Calif.
Brandon Tauszik

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 2:51 pm

Famously, Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio, blanketed the country last year with warnings on bilboards and pamphlets that the world would end on May 21.

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It's All Politics
2:32 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Romney Mocks Pro-Obama 'Infomercial" And Its Celebrated Filmmaker

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Friday. He had more than a couple of negative things to say about President Obama.
Rogelio Solis AP

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 3:26 pm

Campaigning in Mississippi on Friday, Mitt Romney took a pre-emptive swipe at a new 17-minute video about President Obama to be distributed next week by Obama's re-election campaign.

"The Road We've Traveled" was created by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who won an Academy Award for the 2006 Al Gore climate-change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

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Performing Arts
2:09 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Mike Nichols: 'Salesman' By Day, Artist Always

In the course of his career, director Mike Nichols has won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, an Oscar and a Grammy.
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 3:13 pm

Film and theater director Mike Nichols doesn't talk — he sells.

"The producers want us to sell, sell, sell," Nichols tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "That's my little joke. That's what we do by day; by night, we're artists."

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