Around the Nation
1:00 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

'Mother Nature Has The Upperhand' In Wildfire Fight

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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12:46 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.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

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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12:22 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.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 1:44 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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The Road Back To Work
12:05 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.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 2:09 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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12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

What's Next In Libya?

Rebels in Libya continue to prepare for a final push on Bani Walid, one of the last strongholds of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. As rebel forces continue to topple key cities, questions arise about what happens next. NPR foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid and Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Libya and the country's next steps.

12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

What School District Budget Cuts Mean For Students

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 2:17 pm


NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. For a couple of years, school administrators fended off the full effect of the Great Recession with federal stimulus funds, but in most places that money is gone, and the new school year ushers in some serious changes.

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Arts & Life
12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Work, In Six Words

"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.

The Opinion Page
12:03 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Op-Ed: The Future Of Labor Day

Sept. 5 is Labor Day in name only, E.J. Dionne argues in The Washington Post.

"We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as the real creators of wealth and their honest toil — the phrase itself seems antique — as worthy of genuine respect," he writes.

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All Tech Considered
12:01 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity

The growth in demand for software for smartphones and other apps means companies are fighting over a tightening supply of software engineers.

As people across the country suffer from long-term unemployment, the tech industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. Particularly in software development, employers are waging bidding wars over a tightening supply.

Take the case of Mike Champion. He and his wife, Sandra, live in the Boston suburbs with their 9-month-old daughter, Molly.

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Around the Nation
10:17 am
Mon September 5, 2011

High Winds Whip Up Texas Wildfires

Longhorn cattle grazed as a wildfire burned in the distance in the Texas town of Graford, northwest of Fort Worth.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 6:03 pm

Dozens of wildfires continued to burn out of control across tinder-dry Texas on Monday as calls went out for off-duty firefighters around the region to report for duty.

The Texas Forest Service reported 56 separate fires on Sunday that had burned some 30,000 acres. Neighborhoods across eastern and central parts of the state were reporting widespread damage.

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