The Breakdown: What's Working in the Job Market

As Washington continues to debate jobs legislation, the Labor Department is preparing to release its monthly unemployment report for September. It is arguably the most important economic report of the year. But what does it all mean to everyday people who are working or who hope to work?

To find out, Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team hit the road, visiting communities across the country where jobs have been added, where companies are hiring and where Americans are finding their way back into the labor market. In this new one-hour special, Marketplace will go beyond the headline of the September unemployment report to investigate where the bright spots are and whether they are bright enough to energize the economy.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.

As Democrats Eye Senate Control, GOP Likely To Hold Slim House Majority

Democrats need a wave election to win the 30 seats they need to flip the House. But even with Hillary Clinton gaining in polls, Republicans are likely to hold onto their House majority, albeit a slimmer one.

Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."