Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.6 Percent, Lowest Level Since 2007

Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.As NPR's Marilyn Geewax notes, 4.6 percent unemployment is what most economists consider "full employment," which she says is "when the number of people seeking jobs is roughly in balance with the number of openings. It doesn't mean the unemployment rate is zero because that's not realistic." (It's worth noting that...
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An Interview With Artist Terese Nielsen

Heroes, Villains, Monsters is a showcase of comic book and fantasy art on display at the Crisp Museum at Southeast’s River Campus. Terese Nielsen is among the artists who are featured in this exhibition, and she was present for the launch event in November. Nielsen is perhaps best known for her artwork in the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Her figures have a striking beauty to them, and are powerful, by way of their physicality, or perhaps with a cunning look. Heroes, Villains,...
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Trying to understand the Trump Organization is a daunting task. President-elect Donald Trump has not released tax documents, so the best clues about his privately held business interests come from a financial disclosure form he released in May.

The document covers scores of pages with small type, and suggests he is financially involved with hundreds of companies, including some that simply license his name.

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in his incoming administration.

"Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement released Monday. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities."

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North Dakota Congressman Addresses Pipeline Controversy

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You can re-enact that scene in the old movie Christmas Vacation.

A family goes into a forest and cuts down a ridiculously tall tree.

The U.S. Forest Service is selling Christmas tree removal permits for $5 in the Green Mountain National Forest of Vermont.

You go into the forest. You cut down the tree yourself. There's only one catch: the tree you choose cannot be more than 20 feet tall.

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The Politics Of Trade Under Trump

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Left Of The Dial #239 - Our Favorite Music of 2016

10.) Freakwater - Scheherazade Americana with a punk sensibility is no longer reason enough to pay attention, but Freakwater have been doing it since the late ‘80s, playing open-mic gigs in strip clubs in their hometown of Louisville, KY. The urgent harmonies of Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin coupled with the dark and turbulent psych-country music form into what is truly a rebellious soundtrack for rural America. 9.) Deerhoof - The Magic Deerhoof have been at this game since the late ‘90s,...
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Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets Wednesday that he will be taking himself "completely out" of his business operations to avoid potential conflicts of interest as president. The president-elect did not offer details of the plan or say that he would divest financially from his businesses, but he did promise a news conference in the coming weeks that would address the issue.New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that because of a "quirk in the...
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Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace.About Andrew Solomon's TED TalkWriter and psychologist Andrew Solomon describes how he hid from — and eventually confronted — his own serious depression.About Andrew SolomonAndrew Solomon writes about politics, culture, and psychology. His most recent book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, tells stories of parents who have children coping with deafness, Down syndrome, schizophrenia and many other challenges — and...
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