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A Different Road To Work, Bypassing College Dreams

With college costs rising and student debt mounting, some high school graduates in Charlotte, N.C., are opting for an alternative route: European-style apprenticeships. One straight-A student has shifted her sights from an international relations degree to becoming an engineer.
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Part 1: 'It's Complicated': The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

The D.C. area's many ties to the federal government make the local debate about federal spending particularly complicated — but residents in the region are willing to have that deeper discussion. 


The Disagreement Behind Our Economic Platform

Getting economists of different stripes to agree on Planet Money's six policy proposals wasn't easy — and panel member Dean Baker says the disagreements matter.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Syrian warplanes bombed Aleppo as rebel forces fought for several neighborhoods in the commercial capital. Violence in more than a dozen Iraqi cities killed 100 people. European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi vowed to defend the euro. North Korean officials confirmed for the first time that dictator Kim Jong Eun is married. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson of NPR, Warren Strobel of Reuters and Elise Labott of CNN join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Barack Obama spoke out forcefully against gun violence for the first time following the Colorado movie theater shooting. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined his plans for a more aggressive foreign policy just before he began a weeklong trip to Britain, Israel and Poland. The Senate narrowly passed an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, which House Republicans have said they will not accept. Ari Shapiro of NPR, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and syndicated columnist Steve Roberts join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


Jobless Claims Drop, Previous Week's Increase Erased

The decline was a surprise. Economists say the Labor Department has been having difficulty applying "seasonal adjustments" to the figures because of changes in the timing of annual shutdowns at auto plants.

Drought Threatens Small Town's Big Boat Race

For more than 25 years, a tiny town in northern Illinois has hosted a national powerboat competition. It attracts thousands of people who spend much-needed money in the sleepy village of DePue. But the ongoing drought is threatening this year's competition: To get enough water on the lake, the town needs to pump 650 million gallons out of a nearby river. Mike Moen reports from member station WNIJ.

For Temp Workers, 'Temp' Looking More Permanent

The temp industry has done well in the economic recovery. But while temporary work used to be considered a steppingstone to a full-time job, some experts argue that employers may be less inclined than in the past to shift away from temp staffers when the economy rebounds.