March 28, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics and a pilot sheds light on life in the cockpit. In the second hour, background checks and social media, and the new short biography Hitler.
March 15, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the limits of diplomacy in dealing with Iran. In the second hour, signs that things are looking up in the economy, and advice for former governor Rod Blagojevich as he heads to prison.
March 15, 2012 At 351,000, they remain near a four-year low. The day's other economic news: wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in February.
March 9, 2012 Also, there were 227,000 net jobs added to private and public payrolls last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
March 8, 2012 The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act" passed the Republican-controlled House with the administration's support. The legislation's fate is less certain in the Senate, but Democratic leaders have said they will take it up.
February 29, 2012 Five years ago on the last day of February, he told Congress the economy's fundamentals were strong. On this last day of February 2012, he predicted that inflation will remain in check.
February 22, 2012 The news is being seen as another sign that the housing sector is getting healthier.
February 15, 2012 Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin says the U.S. economic outlook is the most "uncertain" he has seen in his lifetime. Given that he was born during the Great Depression and lived through the Cold War, the 1970s' inflation, and a brutal 1980-82 recession, that may be saying a lot.
February 3, 2012 Private employers added 257,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also says. A slight drop in employment at government agencies brought the overall gain in jobs down to 243,000.
February 2, 2012 First-time applications for unemployment insurance are running at the lowest pace since mid-2008. On Friday, the government will report on the January unemployment rate.
January 25, 2012 President Obama kicked off a three-day re-election road tour Wednesday, starting out at a manufacturing plant in Iowa. The president is promoting job growth in the manufacturing industry while defending the government's bailout of the auto industry.
January 19, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.
January 18, 2012 That's up from 2010's 3.8 percent rate. Not surprisingly, food and energy products were a major reason for the faster pace. Excluding those groups, wholesale prices of finished goods rose 3 percent last year.
January 11, 2012 The language in the central bank's "beige book" look at the economy has gotten more upbeat. It sees "modest to moderate" growth.