Low-wage jobs were often filled by young people. But when the recession hit, many of them were squeezed out by adults seeking any work they could get. As the economy improves, there's hope that some entry-level jobs filled by over-qualified adults will open up to teens.
NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates examines the prospects for this summer's job market.
KAREN GRISBY BATES: This used to be a common summer job experience when you were somewhere between 16 and, say, 20.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen.
After weeks of protests in Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal to step down in 30 days. In exchange, he will get immunity for himself, his family and aides. Opposition leaders have tentatively accepted the deal, but protesters say they won't leave the streets.
Eric Stier is a reporter in Yemen's capital Sana'a. He's a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. Thanks for talking with us today.
Marvin Sapp performs at the How Sweet the Sound national gospel competition September 29 ,2008 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Every Sunday morning since July 1998, I've been a volunteer host on KUNM.org in Albuquerque, N.M., and a show called Train to Glory. Each week, I play three hours of national and local gospel recording artists, soloists, groups and choirs, spanning both traditional and contemporary gospel (including gospel hip-hop). The music is rotated to keep it up to date, dedications are made and requests are played.
Margaret Drabble was named a dame of the British Empire in 2008 for her contribution to contemporary English literature. Her 17 novels have mirrored the changing lives of women over the past 50 years. In 2009, she announced in the Guardian that she would not write another novel, because she is afraid of repeating herself. However, the complete short stories of Margaret Drabble have just been published in a volume called A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman.
On-Air Challenge: You are given the first names of famous people and must figure out their last names. The last two letters of the first name, when reversed, are the first two letters of the last name. For example, given "Brad," the answer would be "Davis," as in Brad Davis, the actor.
On Wednesday, researchers announced that Apple devices regularly record time and location information of iPhone and iPads. Much has been written since then, but Zach Brand, NPR's senior director of technology takes a look at the data recorded by his own iPhone and explores the more than 44,000 entries showing when and where he has been.
The tornados that struck St. Louis this week are the latest in a record-breaking number of twisters that have swept across the country this month. That's in addition to historic droughts and fires in Texas, record low temperatures in Seattle, and snow and flooding in the Midwest. What's going on with the weather? Linda Wertheimer puts the question to John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Why, in this age of Kindles and iPads, do hundreds of people crowd into an exhibit hall in Akron, Ohio, to leaf through the delicate pages of old books? The answer rests as much with touch, smell and memory as it does with the stories of the Civil War, science fiction and topics. M.L. Schultze of member station WKSU takes us on a tour of one antiquarian book fair.
Headlines this week screamed about rising gas prices — as they have many times before. In the past 15 years, Dick Polman, national political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, estimates he's covered spiking gas prices a dozen times. The story, he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer, almost always has the same narrative arc.
St. Louis residents are surveying the damage after a tornado ripped through the west side of the city Friday night. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay about the damage to the Lambert-St. Louis Airport.