Courtney Pearson has made history by becoming the first African-American homecoming queen at the University of Mississippi. Host Michel Martin speaks with the young woman about her victory, and what it says about Ole Miss 50 years after riots broke out when the school was forced to integrate.
Critics have pounced on Romney for boasting of making sure a female staffer got home by 5 p.m. to cook for her family. What about the men, they say? But the numbers don't lie: Working women are still doing the heavy lifting in the kitchen.
Two-thirds of graduates left college last year with student loans hanging over their heads. The average amount they owed was $26,600, up 5 percent from the previous year. Nearly 9 percent of the graduates were unemployed and 19.1 percent were working part time or had given up looking for a job.
After Tuesday night's presidential debate in New York, GOP nominee Mitt Romney headed South for a pair of rallies in Virginia. The state is an important swing state in this year's election. Romney went question by question through some of his favorite moments in the town hall debate.
The race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat has been dominated by three things: an independent former governor, third-party spending and a barrage of negative television ads. Among the casualties of the campaign have been the candidates' positions on the issues.
Marshes along streams and estuaries protect land from storm surges. But they're disappearing fast and now scientists have discovered a previously unknown marsh killer: nutrients. Nitrogen from fertilizers and sewage makes marshes grow faster, but the roots grow smaller so the soil can't hold the bigger plants. That means soil banks collapse and marshes turn to mud.
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell about tossup Senate races, and prospects for the Democrats in the presidential election. Rendell works with a group that advocates reducing the national debt once the economy fully recovers.
One day after the second presidential debate of 2012, President Obama campaigned in Iowa and Ohio. The campaign spent much of Wednesday taking Mitt Romney to task for what some regard as out-of-date comments about women in the workplace.
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