12:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Unemployment Rate Up, Recovery Hopes Down

The Labor Department announced Friday that only 18,000 net jobs were generated in June. The unemployment rate has risen to 9.2 percent, which disappointed many economists. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about why so few jobs were created, and what the new numbers mean for the recovery.

12:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Africa

South Sudanese Rejoice On Eve Of Independence

After decades of brutal civil war with the north, South Sudan will become its own country on Saturday. But challenges related to illiteracy, infrastructure and oil remain ahead. Host Michel Martin discusses the secession with Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, West Africa correspondent for NPR, and Rebecca Hamilton, author of Fighting for Darfur.

12:00pm

Fri July 8, 2011
News

Minnesotans Frustrated As Shutdown Hits Day Eight

Governor Dayton and the Republican-controlled legislature are at odds about resolving the deficit. Thousands are out of work and many state services have halted. To learn more about how locals are affected, host Michel Martin speaks with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Catharine Richert, the Council on Black Minnesotans' Lester Collins, and Life Track Resource's TrixieAnn Golberg.

11:58am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Endeavour Astronaut Weighs In As Atlantis Gets Set

The crew was strapped in for the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis, set to blast off at 11:26 ET on a 12-day mission that will end NASA's shuttle program. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk with NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce, who has a view of the launchpad and an eye on the sky at Kennedy Space Center. She gets a visit from astronaut Mike Fink, who flew on the shuttle Endeavour's final mission just last month. The hosts also check in with NPR's Greg Allen, who's among the thousands gathered on Florida's Space Coast to watch the final launch.

11:35am

Fri July 8, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Inspiration Gap And The Shuttle's Last Launch

The Rotating Service Structure (L) swings back to reveal the space shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 7, 2011. The U.S. space program has served as a source of inspiration to generations of Americans.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Back in 1972 the library in my hometown wasn't very big. But its size didn't matter much to my 10-year-old sensibilities. That was the year I discovered their collection on the U.S. space program. Those few books where big enough to help change my life.

I spent the whole summer poring over images taken by NASA astronauts and space probes. I decided one day, no matter what, I was going to be a scientist too.

That experience turns out to be almost universal for the last three generations of U.S. scientists.

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11:15am

Fri July 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama On Job News: 'We Still Have A Big Hole To Fill'

Reacting to this morning's news of weak job growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate, President Obama just said that the report "confirms what most Americans already know — we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security they deserve."

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11:13am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama On Job News: 'We Still Have A Big Hole To Fill'

Reacting to this morning's news of weak job growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate, President Obama just said that the report "confirms what most Americans already know — we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security they deserve."

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11:10am

Fri July 8, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: News' Top 'Journalism' Moments

Various front pages of London newspapers report on the closing of the national tabloid newspaper News of The World in London, England.
Stewart Stanley Getty Images

Robert Zeliger is an editor for Foreign Policy.

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10:38am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Report Dampens Hope For Near-Term Jobs Growth

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 1:26 pm

NPR

If employment is going to improve in the second half of the year, as many economists had forecast, there was no hint of it when the Labor Department released June's employment report Friday.

"It's a very discouraging report. It's much worse than expected and it's really hard to see any silver lining," said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight.

The department said hiring last month nearly ground to a halt, slowing to a pace not seen in nine months. The unemployment rate pushed up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May.

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10:20am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

As U.K.'s Hacking Scandal Widens, Some Advice About Passwords

If her password's too easy to remember, it also might be too easy for someone else to figure out.
Edward J Bock III iStockphoto.com

As was expected, "Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief and a former royals reporter for the News of the World tabloid were arrested Friday, the latest to be swept up by Britain's rapidly evolving media scandal over phone hacking and bribing police," The Associated Press writes.

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