So, another month passes with U.S. stuck in a jobless recovery. Yet many major businesses are reportedly doing well. Their stock price is up. They have cash on hand. So why aren't more companies hiring?
I'm joined now by two chief executive officers. Christopher Gorman is the president of Key Corporate Bank and the CEO of KeyBank in Cleveland. He joins us from his office there. Mr. Gorman, thanks for being with us.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Eight-point-two percent, that's the number economists and politicians are looking at closely. It is the unemployment rate for the month of June. The U.S. Labor Department reported that the economy added only 80,000 jobs last month. As the economy continues its very slow recovery, it's worth asking, is the jobs report always the best indicator? NPR's Sonari Glinton has more.
Manju (MAHN-jew) are Japanese dough buns — often sweet — made from pounded rice flour dough and flavored fillings. In Japanese culture, a box of manju is what you'd take to someone's house on a special occasion, like Children's Day. Or you might simply snack on it with a cup of tea. But manju have to be eaten fresh, and they're pretty labor intensive, so nowadays, they can be hard to find.
Abraham Lincoln is not just America's greatest president. To many, his very face is an emblem of America: honest, homespun, strong and sad, haunted, brooding and humorous.
So where does some famous Yale Law School professor get off writing a novel in which President Lincoln is accused of subverting the Constitution?
In Stephen Carter's new novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, the man we know as the Great Emancipator imprisons critics, invokes martial law, suspends the writ of habeus corpus, and throttles the press — all to win the Civil War.
Jesse Reed was convicted of first-degree murder in 1985. He was sentenced to 27 years to life. Now on parole, Reed counsels incarcerated young men through a program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Can a murderer ever be redeemed? That's the question journalist Nancy Mullane takes on in her new book, Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption. Over the past few years, Mullane has made dozens of trips to California's San Quentin prison to interview men locked up for committing the most heinous crimes.
Italian forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring the second goal during Italy's semifinal matchup with Germany in the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Warsaw, June 28. Italy went on to lose in the finals to Spain, but Balotelli has been hailed as a national hero, spurring debate over what constitutes Italian-ness.
A demonstrator holds a placard reading "No to racism" in front of Santa Maria Novella church in Florence, Italy, during a Dec. 17, 2010, anti-racism march in memory of two Senegalese men who were killed four days earlier by a far-right Italian.
Eugene "Boob" Kelton, 80, is an Upton County rancher and brother of Western writer Elmer Kelton: "The cattle would weaken down, and they'd die from lack of food. And there was some wild hogs over there ... A cow'd get down and they'd just start eatin' her while she was alive."
Peggy Kelton, 76, wife of Boob Kelton: "San Angelo had always been a Democratic town. Well, President Eisenhower visited, it was in January 1957, made his speech and then left. It started raining after that. So they soon became Republicans and still are."
Siblings Charles and Nancy Hagood Nunns, who grew up in Junction during the '50s drought. Charles, 59, has been a banker and rancher in Junction since 1979: "I would visit with men that I'd always known as carpenters, painters, merchants. And then visiting with them in deeper detail I'd find out that they were ranchers until the drought. Just like my daddy. The drought drove us to town."
Sandy Whittley, 74, has been executive secretary of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association since 1966. She lives in San Angelo: "The first year it was, 'Nah, not too bad.' And then a little drier the next year. By about the third year, it was beginning to get really interesting — and then it got really serious. And from then on, it was just tough."
"Between 1950 and 1960," according to NPR's John Burnett, Texas "lost nearly 100,000 farms and ranches," and rural residents who had made up more than a third of the population dwindled to just a quarter of the population.