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The 'Skills Missmatch': Failing To Meet Job Demand

News this week about the unemployment rate wasn't good. The U.S. economy created slightly less than 100,000 new jobs, less than what many economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped slightly, possibly because of people who stopped looking for work. NPR's Steve reports on whether the jobs lost during the great recession will ever come back.

Will Convention Give Obama A Boost In N.C.?

Organizers of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., planned for it to be a massive organizing and registration opportunity for voters in the state, a key battleground. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

What To Do In Case Of A Zombie Apocalypse

In a tongue-and-cheek move to get more Americans prepared for "real" emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are urging citizens to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Host Scott Simon has the story.

The Burn Of Unemployment Still Stings New Hampshire

Both presidential candidates were in New Hampshire Friday. Even though the state has weathered the recession relatively well, you might not know it from talking to voters. Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

Some Ga. Schools Make Mandarin Mandatory

Among the many sea changes enacted in one struggling school district is a mandate no one expected. All students, of all grade levels, are being enrolled in Chinese language classes. The superintendent says being familiar with Asian culture is crucial to students' future success.

Forget The Heels: What It Takes To Be Miss Navajo

Think moccasins, turquoise jewelry and sheep butchering. The competition tests Miss Navajo hopefuls on their knowledge of traditions and language, connecting them with a heritage many of their parents were removed from. "It's an essence of who you are ... who your community is," one contestant says.

As Election Nears, Keeping Donors A Secret Is Trickier

Some of the groups paying for ads haven't had to disclose where their money comes from — until now. For certain types of ads, that legal window has closed. Now, keeping donors under wraps is a riskier business.

Wikipedia Irks Philip Roth With Reluctance To Edit Entry About His Novel

Wikpedia has had to deal with accusations that its entries were edited too easily. But this week, the online encyclopedia is dealing with charges that its entries are too tough to edit — and the accuser is author Philip Roth, who wanted to correct a mistake about his novel The Human Stain.