National | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

Obama Leads In Nevada Despite State's Poor Economy

Nevada is one of the eight most hotly contest battleground states of the 2012 election. President Obama carried it by a wide margin four years ago. But since he took office, the Nevada unemployment rate has gotten significantly worse and is now at 12.1 percent. Still, polls continue to show the race is very close there, with Mr. Obama holding a narrow lead, while Mitt Romney has so far been unable to capitalize on the state's deep economic woes.

Young Illegal Immigrants Seek Work Permits

It's been more than a month since the government began accepting requests for its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a new policy for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. It means that for two years they can avoid deportation and get a work permit.

Freddie Mac Didn't Harm Homeowners, Inspector General Says

A federal Inspector General's report says there is no proof that Freddie Mac "obstructed homeowners' abilities to refinance their mortgages" to boost profits at the government-sponsored enterprise. Some of Freddie's investments rise when homeowners remain stuck in high-rate loans.

Human Trafficking Still A Problem In The U.S.

Federal prosecutors and law enforcement are working to eliminate human trafficking. How that happens and how they help victims, from the sex trade to agricultural work, differs. Writer Noy Thrupkaew, WGBH reporter Phillip Martin and Amy Bennett Williams of The News-Press explain.

Romney's Nevada Problems Explained By A Political Scientist Who Voted For Him

Nevada political scientist Eric Herzik, who twice voted for Romney in caucuses, told NPR's Don Gonyea that Mitt Romney isn't doing as well in the state as might have been expected, despite Nevada's nation-leading unemployment rate. He's failed to personally connect with voters and hasn't given enough details about his economic proposals, Herzik says.

School Segregation Persists, New Report Says

Nearly 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared separate schools to be inherently unequal. But new research suggests that segregation in public schools continues. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses what these findings mean with John Kucsera and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, the group that published the report.

Weighing Candidates' Foreign Policies

Given the unrest in the Middle East and meetings at the U.N., there's been a lot of campaign talk about foreign policy. Guest host Celeste Headlee takes a look at how each candidate is addressing issues in the Middle East and Africa. She speaks with the Hisham Melhem of Al Arabiya and Mvemba Phezo Dizolele of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Librarians Reach Out To Spanish Speakers

Librarians are facing a need to adapt to the rapidly changing makeup of America. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with international librarian consultant Loida Garcia-Febo about what it's going to take to make libraries more accessible to Spanish speakers, and the significance of serving a multicultural landscape.