If the monthly jobless numbers aren't saying much, the longer-term employment trends in the United States are speaking volumes about the economy.
Those trends aren't often mentioned. The number of people who are long-term unemployed remains unchanged — more than 6 million people. The number of "discouraged workers" also remains the same. Those are people who are not looking for work because they believe there are no jobs.
The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak began this week in Cairo more than six months after the start of anti-government protests that ultimately proved to be his undoing. The ailing 83-year-old Mr. Mubarak was wheeled into court on a hospital bed. From behind the bars of a courtroom cage, he heard and denied charges of corruption and of authorizing the killing of protesters. NPR's Mike Shuster joins us from Cairo. Mike, thanks for being with us.
China, the biggest holder of U.S. treasuries, is reacting strongly to the downgrade of U.S. debt. China's official news agency says the country "has every right now to demand that the United States address its structural debt problems and ensure the safety of China's dollar assets." NPR's Frank Langfitt is following reaction in Asia, and talks with host Scott Simon.
Thirty-one American troops and seven Afghans are reported dead in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. If confirmed, it would be the highest number of Americans killed in a single incident since the war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago. NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman is following the story, and talks with host Scott Simon.
Standard & Poor's has lowered its long-term credit rating on the United States from AAA to AA-plus. It also says the outlook on the long-term rating is negative. The ratings agency says its action comes because of the prolonged controversy over raising the debt ceiling and other fiscal policy. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR business reporter Tamara Keith about the downgrade.
Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. credit puts the country in uncharted economic waters. Host Scott Simon talks to New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera about the implications of the S&P downgrade.
On Friday night Standard & Poor's credit rating agency downgraded its rating of U.S. credit for the first time in the country's history. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Scott Simon about the politics of the decision.
Craig Counsell didn't set a record Friday night, and that's good news for the Milwaukee Brewers infielder. You can bet there's more to come on Alex Rodriguez and his love of poker, but should there be? Host Scott Simon talks sports with NPR's Mike Pesca about the week in sports.
A year after the Chilean miners began their world-famous saga trapped underground for 33 days, a new exhibit on their journey back to their loved ones opens this week in Washington, D.C. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang tours the exhibit with the director of the National Museum of Natural History.
This week, a foreign visitor came to Coney Island, perching along the boardwalk on a sweltering August afternoon. To most of us, the grey-hooded gull would look much like all of the other seagulls that flock to Coney Island, but bird enthusiasts could tell this one was special. Host Scott Simon has more on the buzz among birders.