Planet Money
10:47 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Jobs: Things Are Getting Better, Faster

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 9:57 am

Today's big jobs report is full of good news. A few key details:

* The U.S. added 243,000 jobs last month. Manufacturing, the sector that got hit hardest during the recession, added 50,000 jobs. Construction, which also got walloped, added 21,000 jobs.

* The unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent — the lowest since February, 2009.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

The Accordion Family

For centuries, that transition between teen-hood and adulthood has been accompanied with a newfound independence, where young men and women leave the roost, go to college, buy a house and raise a family.  But according to author Katherine Newman, high unemployment rates, the rise of short-term employment, longer life expectancies and the high cost of living have forced many a young adult back home to live with mom and dad.  They are called 'Accordion Families' and depending on the culture, they're met with a variety of acceptance.  Today we look closer into this new phenomenon called Accord

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Something Wild
8:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Antlers in the Snow

Dave Anderson

While following deer trails in snow you'll find pellets of scat and tufts of hair – coarse grey and white hair, hollow in cross-section. A more coveted souvenir are "sheds” – cast-off antlers.

After breeding ends in December, deer antlers loosen at the base. Once-formidable weapons of territorial defense drop with testosterone levels in January. The shed antlers cast by bucks and bull moose each winter are often promptly buried by snow.

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Presidential Race
7:35 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Romney Again The Front-Runner, But At What Cost?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Brady Industries on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 12:01 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's decisive win over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Florida returned him to the front-runner's spot in the Republican presidential race. Romney emerged from that battle with his strengths, but also his weaknesses, on full display.

Sometimes hard-fought nominating contests produce a more formidable general-election candidate. That's what happened to Barack Obama in 2008. But Dan Schnur, a former Republican strategist, thinks it's too soon to tell if this Republican primary battle will have the same effect.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

NH this Weekend: Game? What Game?

It's not all about sports bars and Bowl parties; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has a few suggestions for those who want a little art this weekend, including a new exhibit at The Currier, a trio of one act plays, and some opera

All Tech Considered
3:16 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Facebook's Early Investors May Have Much To Like

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who famously created the site at his Harvard dorm room in 2004, owns 28.2 percent of the company. After the IPO, he could be worth $28 billion.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:03 am

Facebook filed to go public this week, and many analysts expect that it will be valued between $75 billion and $100 billion on the day of its initial public offering. That would make Facebook more valuable than GM, Ford and even Goldman Sachs.

What's most remarkable is that the company has barely 3,000 employees, and many of them are about to become very, very rich.

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Your Money
12:01 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Cheap Chic: Couture Comes To Discount Retailers

A design by Jason Wu, who will launch a limited-edition line for Target on Feb. 5. Wu is among the latest high-end designers to work with a discount retailer.
Target

On Feb. 5, fashion designer Jason Wu is launching a limited-edition line for Target. Wu became famous for designing Michelle Obama's inaugural gown. He's the latest high-end designer to partner with a mainstream retailer and offer his chic couture at cheap prices for the masses.

On a bitterly cold morning in Washington, D.C., last November, hundreds of fashionistas flooded the street in front of the low-priced fashion chain H&M. Italian luxury label Versace was launching a collection there, and customers were waiting for the doors to open.

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Fine Art
6:05 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

The Mona Lisa's Twin Painting Discovered

The original Mona Lisa is on permanent display at the the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
Jean-Pierre Muller Getty Images

The Mona Lisa is one of the most enigmatic and iconic pieces of Western art. It has inspired countless copies, but one replica at the Madrid's Museo del Prado is generating its own buzz: conservators say that it was painted at the same time as the original — and possibly by one of the master's pupils, perhaps even a lover.

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Bone marrow settlement
6:02 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

State Wraps Up Bone Marrow Investigation: Slams UMASS Memorial

Taking a cell sample at a bone marrow donor drive.
Flickr Creative Commons

A little over a year ago, a Massachusetts bone marrow registry made headlines for hiring models in blue wigs and black skirts to attract prospective donors.  To make matters worse,  the registry was part of a scheme to charge insurance companies extremely high fees for lab tests.

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NH News
5:43 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Court Ruling Protects Some Public Workers

Last year, lawmakers made huge changes to the state’s public pension system.

The plan cuts benefits and forces employees to pay more for their retirement.

But Wednesday’s Superior Court ruling found some of those changes go too far.

The ruling has left lawmakers and workers claiming victory.

The best news for employees in this decision is that people with at least 10 years of service are more or less untouchable.

The court struck down language that required the senior workers to kick in more for their retirement.

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