There was mixed news from the Labor Department Friday. On the one hand, the unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent in July, its lowest level since December of 2008. But job growth fell short of expectations.
Audie Cornish talks with political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and Amy Sullivan of the National Journal. They discuss Friday's job numbers; the speculation over who President Obama will appoint to replace Ben Benanke as Fed chairman; and the intra-party sniping between Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
Even before the city's recent bankruptcy filing, Detroit was often viewed with scorn and even contempt. And you'll find as much, if not more, of that attitude toward Detroit in the state of Michigan itself. But how did Detroit get such an intensely bad reputation? And how might it affect the city's ability to rebuild itself in bankruptcy?
Summer nights — for a small few in the South — are a time for wading through yucky ponds with a flashlight in one hand and a frog gig in the other. It's a good way to pass the time, hang out with friends, and find some yummy frog legs for a cookout later in the summer.
Cleveland officials released details Friday from a review of the 19-mile pursuit that ended in two deaths last fall. City leaders say 74 officers acted outside of the rules in the chase, in which the police fired 137 shots.
There's little research objectively measuring the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. In one study, people were considered by outside observers to be no more attractive after having face-lifts and other procedures, though they were judged to look a bit younger.
While the number of jobs did increase last month, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans. "The labor market begins the second half of 2013 with a fizzle," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute.
Pope Francis made headlines with his recent comments about gay priests. But many Catholics thought what he said about politics, poverty and women during his Brazil trip were just as ground-breaking. Host Michel Martin gets perspective from Father Leo Patalinghug and Professor Anthea Butler.
Army Private Bradley Manning was convicted after turning over thousands of sensitive documents to Wikileaks. He may now face more than 100 years in prison. Host Michel Martin talks about what comes next with NPR's Arun Rath.
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