Book Reviews
2:00 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Book Review: 'Triple Crossing' By Sebastian Rotella:

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

Sebastian Rotella has written about the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border as a journalist. And with his new book, he returns to the subject through the lens of fiction. His novel, "Triple Crossing," is set on the border against the brutal backdrop of drug trafficking and government corruption.

Alan Cheuse has our review.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

'Housewives' Death Not Unprecedented

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" returns for a second season tonight on Bravo. This was in doubt because one of the people on the show — the estranged husband of one of the housewives — recently committed suicide. Bravo has re-edited the first few episodes to take him out. But this isn't going to prompt the reality TV industry to take a hard look at its practices.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Wildfires Destroy 300 Homes In Texas

A tinderbox landscape and unusually windy conditions have caused more than 60 wildfires to explode across Central and East Texas — creating a hellish Labor Day for thousands of Texans. Two people have been killed so far.

The worst fire is in Bastrop County, just southeast of Austin, where the blaze has been burning out of control for more than a day.

No one in Bastrop has ever seen anything like it. The tall, pine forests that were a favorite getaway for campers and city commuters have erupted into an inferno.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Obama Urges Congressional Action On Jobs

President Obama traveled Monday to Detroit for a Labor Day event. His visit to the union stronghold comes the same week he's expected to address a joint session of Congress describing his plan to create jobs. Robert Siegel Scott Horsley His comments came at a Labor Day rally in Detroit.

Economy
1:46 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Obama: Time To End Washington 'Games' Over Jobs

President Obama speaks during Labor Day celebrations Monday outside General Motors' headquarters in Detroit.
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President Obama said Monday that congressional Republicans must put their country ahead of their party and vote to create new jobs as he used a boisterous Labor Day rally to aim a partisan barb at the GOP.

In a preview of the jobs speech he will deliver on Thursday to Congress, Obama said there are numerous roads and bridges that need rebuilding in the U.S., and over 1 million unemployed construction workers who are available to build them.

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Asia
1:22 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Pakistan Says It Has Captured Senior Al-Qaida Leader

An undated photograph purportedly shows senior al-Qaida leader Younis al-Mauritani, who was arrested by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency in Quetta.
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Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 2:44 am

Pakistan's military announced Monday that the country's main intelligence agency has captured a senior al-Qaida leader responsible for planning and conducting international operations.

Younis al-Mauritani, also known as The Mauritanian, was among three suspected al-Qaida operatives captured in the city of Quetta, which is the capital of southwest Baluchistan and has long been a transit point for militants crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Tamara Keith is a NPR White House Correspondent. She is especially focused on matters related to the economy and the Federal budget.

Prior to moving into her current role in January 2014, she was a Congressional Correspondent covering Congress with an emphasis on the budget, taxes and the ongoing fiscal fights. During the Republican presidential primaries she covered Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, and traveled with Mitt Romney leading into the primaries in Colorado and Ohio, among other states. She began covering congress in August 2011.

The Road Back To Work
1:05 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Bumps On The Road Back To Work

Casaundra Bronner returned to work in July and says being able to walk her daughters to the bus in the morning is one of the benefits of her new job at a small company.
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Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 3:09 pm

Part of an ongoing series.

Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series The Road Back to Work started the year unemployed and searching for a job.

Back in January, we gave six people, all living in St. Louis, Mo., digital recorders and asked them to document their experience as they went through the process of looking for a job.

Working, Still Struggling

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Arts & Life
1:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Work, In Six Words

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 1:03 pm

"I'm in it for the money." "It's a holiday. I'm still here." Summing up your work can be difficult — especially in six words. Smith Magazine has published a string of successful books in recent years with six-word memoirs. Contributors offer their life stories, brushes with fame, tales of love or pregnancy — and now their work story — in exactly six words. Magazine co-founder Larry Smith joins us as listeners share their six-word memoirs of work — from lessons learned to terrible bosses.

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