Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.

Norris also leads the "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that she created after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grace of Silence. In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.

4:06pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Science And Medicine

Why Black Women, Infants Lag In Birth Outcomes

Originally published on Wed July 20, 2011 3:52 pm

The overwhelming majority of babies in the U.S. are born healthy, and their growth brings joy and comfort to their parents.

But across the country, there is a whopping disparity in birth outcomes based on race. Black women fare worse than white women in almost every aspect of reproductive health.

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4:06pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

Dreams And Danger: Notes From The Migrant Trail

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:40 am

NPR reporter Jason Beaubien walks on railroad tracks while reporting a story about the dangers that face Central American migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico.
David Rochkind for NPR

NPR's Jason Beaubien has traveled from Central America through Mexico in recent weeks, following a route that many migrants take trying to reach the U.S. It's a journey that has grown increasingly dangerous as some of Mexico's most brutal drug cartels strengthen their control over the smuggling and extortion of migrants. He sent these reflections from the migrant trail.

Flores, Guatemala

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3:52pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Politics

Obama Scrambles To Respond To Bleak Jobs Report

Obama discusses the new monthly jobs report in a cloudy Rose Garden on July 8.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

After a terrible unemployment report in May, people hoped for a change of direction in the latest numbers. But the jobs report that came out Friday morning shows that the situation is even worse today. The economy created only 18,000 jobs in June. Unemployment rose for the second month in a row, hitting 9.2 percent. The Obama White House tried to put the best face on a dismal situation as the stalling recovery provided an opportunity for Republicans to continue hammering the president's economic policies.

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3:39pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Dozens of Crashes Close Down I-75

A series of at least 30 car crashes in a short period closed Interstate 75 in Lexington on Friday afternoon. The northbound and southbound lanes were closed and heavily congested between mile markers 110 and 116, officials said. Police and fire officials warned motorists to stay away from the area, which is between exit 110, at U.S. 60/Winchester Road, and exit 115, at Newtown Pike/Ky. 922. That stretch of I-75 is likely to be congested well past rush hour, police said.

3:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Analysis

Week In Politics: Unemployment Numbers; Debt Ceiling

Michele Norris reviews the week in politics with our regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.

3:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
NPR Story

Sen. Whitehouse Discusses Debt Talks

Michele Norris speaks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, about the debt ceiling talks. He has said that the White House may not have the Democrats, depending on what is being proposed.

3:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
NPR Story

Jobs Report Offers Disappointing Numbers

The unemployment rate notched up again in June, and the number of new jobs created was far less than what was expected. Payrolls increased by just 18,000 — less than the prior month and way below the level of job creation earlier in the year.

3:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Tries To Put Good Face On Bad Job Numbers

The White House tried to put as good a face as possible on bad jobs numbers: The private sector added 57,000 jobs in June. Republicans jumped right in and said no "job killing" tax hikes. Did threading the needle get even more complicated?

3:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Politics

In Minn. Government Shutdown, State Parks Suffer

Afton State Park is one of the victims of Minnesota's government shutdown.
David Schaper

In Minnesota, the state government shutdown is in its second week, with no end in sight.

The state's Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, and Republican legislative leaders remain divided over how to balance the budget. The two sides did not meet today and no new budget negotiations are scheduled.

Among the many state facilities that are closed are state parks, in the midst of peak season for camping, fishing and swimming. Outdoor enthusiasts in Minnesota aren't happy about it.

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