7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Sports

Wanna Make A Bet On Horse Racing?

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mike Pesca about betting on the Belmont Stakes and boxing.

7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Economy

How Homes Structure The American Dream

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

Home ownership has long been considered a key part of the American Dream. The dream has taken a beating in recent years, but polls show the desire to own remains extremely high. NPR's Chris Arnold discusses the state of home ownership and reviews the latest housing news with host Rachel Martin.

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Sun June 3, 2012
Politics

The Obama-Clinton Dynamic

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will appear at two glitzy fundraisers in New York. At his side will be former President Bill Clinton, both darlings of the Democrats and both in regular contact with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A natural partnership between two like-minded political giants, you might think - or is it?

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7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Economy

We Got The Jobs Report, Now What?

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

Friday's disappointing jobs report added to worries the recovery is in trouble. Only 69,000 new jobs were added to payrolls, and the unemployment rate moved higher, to 8.2 percent. Suddenly there is more talk about the Fed and what it might do to get the economy moving again. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Economy

The Economy From The People's Perspective

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Disappointing. Dismal. Bleak. These are just a few of the words used to describe the latest employment report. It showed that the U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs in May. That's less than half of what economists had expected. And this was the third consecutive month of weak results, which raises new concerns about the sputtering economic recovery.

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7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Europe

'Theater' On The Thames Marks Queen's 60 Years

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It is indeed a celebration fit for a queen, one who has been on the throne in England for 60 years. Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee celebrations continue today, and NPR's Philip Reeves is following all the festivities.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Queen Elizabeth arrives at the River Thames to begin her journey; the fanfares and cheers and a steam train in full voice.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAIN HORN)

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7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Politics

Enthusiasm To Recall Wis. Governor May Be Waning

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will decide whether Republican Scott Walker becomes just the third governor recalled from office in U.S. history. But as NPR's David Schaper reports, some now wonder whether the intensity of the left has been eclipsed by the resolve of the right.

7:03am

Sun June 3, 2012
Around the Nation

After Deadly Plane Crash, Atlanta Rallied For The Arts

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:09 am

The crash of a chartered Air France flight near Paris on June 3, 1962, took the lives of 122 members of Atlanta's art community.
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Sunday marks 50 years since what was then the world's deadliest airplane accident: a crash that claimed 130 lives outside Paris. The most devastated community was not in France, but in the United States.

It was the worst thing that ever happened to Milton Bevington. He witnessed the crash of the Boeing 707 at Orly Airport, with his wife and mother-in-law onboard.

"The plane went up about 6 feet and came back down and bounced around, zigzagged and finally broke in half," he said.

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5:17am

Sun June 3, 2012
Art & Design

Blacksmiths Forge A New Kind Of Artisanal Future

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 6:37 pm

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Adam's Forge is a dark, high-ceilinged warehouse space in Los Angeles. It's set up with anvils, medieval-looking tools and black ovens that breathe fire.

Recently, about a dozen people gathered for an advanced class taught by master blacksmith Mark Aspery.

Blacksmithing is an ancient trade that, like other crafts, saw a downturn during the Industrial Revolution, when machines took over jobs that humans once did. Now, blacksmithing is having a small revival as smiths build new ways of connecting with customers.

'This Is My Craft'

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5:16am

Sun June 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Congress May Not Be As Bad As All That

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 4:24 pm

Flowers bloom at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., though the same can't be said of bipartisanship.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Washington isn't working. With control of the government divided between the parties and every political incentive working against bipartisan cooperation, Congress can barely pass the minimum amount of legislation needed to avoid a government shutdown, let alone address the most pressing issues of the day.

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