All Things Considered for February 7, 2014
Feb 7, 2014 — The U.S. Labor Department reported disappointing hiring numbers on Friday. In January, employers added just 113,000 jobs, though the unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.6 percent.
Feb 7, 2014 — Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the lackluster January jobs report, the debate surrounding a new report from Congressional Budget Office and the renewed debate over immigration policy.
Feb 7, 2014 — Emily Bazelon recommends a memoir about facing the danger and squalor of addiction and eventually overcoming it, while Abigail Deutsch ponders the love story at the heart of Edward St. Aubyn's novel Bad News: The one between a man and his drugs.
Feb 7, 2014 — The 2014 Winter Olympics officially opened Friday with a ceremony celebrating Russian culture and introducing Olympic athletes from around the world. NPR's Robert Smith was at the ceremony in Sochi and joins us to recount the pomp and pitfalls on display.
Feb 6, 2014 — A George Clooney project based on the true story of a World War II mission to rescue stolen art from the Nazis, the new film is a long-winded, lackadaisical look at a fascinating real-life story.
Feb 7, 2014 — Pakistan's government and the Pakistani Taliban are holding a first round of peace talks in Islamabad. Expectations are low for any substantial progress toward ending what has been a particularly bloody insurgency. Some analysts believe that the Pakistani military will soon launch a major offensive against the militants in their strongholds along the border with Afghanistan.
Feb 7, 2014 — The Afghan presidential campaign is under way, and on the surface it looks like what you'd see in any other democracy. But underneath the decorations and sloganeering lies the shadowy practice of wooing tribal elders, warlords and other influential Afghans who can "deliver" votes or, in some cases, prevent opponents' voters from making it to the polls.
Feb 7, 2014 — Communication breakdowns can be fatal for firefighters, but are all too easy when crews are shrouded in smoke and a blaze is moving fast. Florida, with its millions of acres of forest and grassland, has rolled out a new system that can pinpoint crews without relying on voice communication.
Feb 7, 2014 — According to Spotify data, 20 percent of its songs have never been listened to. Thus was born: Forgotify, a new music streaming service that plays only those forgotten songs.
Feb 7, 2014 — NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Cedella Marley about her new off-Broadway musical, Three Little Birds. It's adapted from her children's book — which itself was inspired by the song written by her father, the late reggae superstar Bob Marley.