1:54pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed

Students from John Moores' University celebrate graduation.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

It's hard out there for a college grad.

The AP analyzed government data and came up with this stunning figure: "Half of young college graduates [are] either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge."

The whole story is worth a read, so we encourage you to click over, but here is the meat of the AP's analysis:

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1:13pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Announces New Sanctions Targeting Syria, Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
Pool Getty Images

President Obama announced a set of new sanctions that target "Syria and Iran and the 'digital guns for hire' who help them oppress their people with surveillance software and monitoring technology," the AFP reports.

The president made the announcement during a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. His visit was the first as president.

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1:05pm

Mon April 23, 2012
All Politics are Local

Special Session Take

Counting their regular and special session, it took lawmakers 65 days to finalize funding for road construction and to escalate its battle against prescription drug abuse.  Joe Gerschtenson, who directs the Center for Kentucky History and Politics Director at Eastern Kentucky University, says many voters wonder why no agreement could be found during the regular session.  “This is something that…they were so close..during the regular session…why could they not have just finished it at that point in time and..that frustration is probably exasperated by the fact that this seems to be a real ongoing pattern now,” said Gershtenson.

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12:27pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Commonwealth

Coal Shipped by Train has Declined

New data from the federal government shows the amount of coal transported by rail has declined sharply this year: its’s at the lowest level since 1994. That’s partly due to low natural gas prices, increased regulations and an unseasonably warm winter, but atypical export conditions kept the data from being much worse. About 70 percent of coal produced in America is transported by rail. Most of the rest goes by truck—usually just short distances—or by barge.

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12:21pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

DARPA Explains Crash Of Hypersonic Glider

This US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) artists rendering shows the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).
AFP/Getty Images

The forces on the unmanned hypersonic glider tested last summer by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) were so great that large parts of its skin peeled off causing its emergency system to plunge it into the ocean.

As we reported last August, the Falcon HTV-2 "was shot up on a rocket and right at the edge of space, it separated and glided through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph."

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12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Politics

Green Jobs Guru Back To Energize Progressive Base?

Activist Van Jones served as special adviser to President Obama on green jobs. He resigned in 2009 after media reports questioned his beliefs about the 9/11 attacks. Now, Jones is back with a new book, Rebuild the Dream, outlining his vision for the progressive movement. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

11:52am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Space Out With NASA's 'Walking On Air'

From NASA's 'Walking on Air' video, a view of an aurora from space.
NASA.gov

If you're into images of Earth taken from space, NASA has a new video for you. Called Walking on Air, it "features a series of time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station" and is set to the song Walking in the Air by Howard Blake.

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11:28am

Mon April 23, 2012
Planet Money

What America Owes In Student Loans

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 8:42 pm

11:20am

Mon April 23, 2012
Movie Interviews

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 11:59 am

In Bernie, Jack Black plays a local mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.
Deana Newcomb Wind Dancer Films

Actor Jack Black is best known for his comedic performances in films like Nacho Libre and School of Rock. In his latest film, Bernie, Black goes to a darker place: He plays a serious small-town funeral director who uncharacteristically murders his live-in companion, a wealthy widow played by Shirley MacLaine.

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11:00am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S., Afghan Security Pact Is Sweeping But Not Specific

U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan last June.
David Gilkey NPR

While the headlines proclaim that thanks to a new draft agreement the U.S. will continue to defend Afghanistan for a decade after the planned 2014 withdrawal of foreign combat forces from that country, the stories themselves make clear that many of the key details remain to be worked out:

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