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Here's something you haven't heard in years: The U.S. economy had a great week, with reports showing jobs being created in several sectors, new-home sales surging and factories humming. Oh, and unemployment is the lowest it's been since 2008.
The transition from one role to the other is difficult, and many have failed making the attempt. Nelson Mandela was a rare example who succeeded in both jobs. In addition, he willingly stepped down after one term in office, setting an example for a...
It's worth pausing to consider not only the legacy and achievements of former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, but also the rich musical associations of his life.
This week — inspired by our brand new book app — we're sharing some of our hosts' and journalists' favorite books of the entire year. Audie Cornish, David Greene, Michel Martin and Deb Amos are just a few of the app's staff contributors.
That difference translates to about $550 a year, according to a new meta-analysis of studies evaluating the retail costs of food, grouped by healthfulness. It's chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families. Researchers...
by NCPR News
May 31, 2007 — Every week in churches across the North Country, people gather to pray for miracles. The idea that faith can heal broken bodies and cure disease isn't just found in evangelical congregations. More main-line Protestants, and even some physicians,are experimenting with prayer as a form of therapy. Today and tonight, the Rev. Nigel Mumford will conduct healing services at the Episcopal churches in Canton and Potsdam. Mumford is now the director of the healing center at Christ the King Spiritual Life center in Greenwich, New York. Brian Mann attended one of Mumford's healing sessions at the Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake last fall. Go to full article
May 31, 2007 — Ethanol fuel is grain alcohol blended with regular gasoline. The most common blend, 10% ethanol, 90% gas, accounts for about a third of the gas sold in America. The alcohol is now made mostly from corn. It's big business for American corn farmers. But some people are warning there are costs to the drive for ethanol, and we will all pay. Yesterday, dairy market forecasters warned that consumers can expect a sharp increase in dairy prices this summer. The milk futures market predicts that by June, the price paid to farmers will have increased 50% this year, partly due to increased costs of corn to feed their cows. But it's more than just cheese and milk. Rebecca Williams has the first of a two-part series on the hidden consequences of ethanol. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
May 31, 2007 — National Trails Day, this Saturday, is an annual nationwide day of public events. It's considered the country's largest celebration of the outdoors. The Adirondack Mountain Club is also celebrating its 85th anniversary and its first trail program, the 133-mile long Northville-Placid trail. Todd Moe spoke with Wes Lampman, ADK Director of Field Programs, who says about a hundred volunteers are expected to help with trail maintenance work on Saturday. Go to full article
by Lucy Martin
May 31, 2007 — Canadian Inuit artist Shirley Moorhouse's textiles are shaped by intrinsic Inuit traditions and collective experiences and memories of living on the land. She produces... Go to full article