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Any Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Most economists say "no" as they crunch the latest dismal numbers from the Labor Department. Unemployment hit a 25-year high of 8.1% in February, as cost cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at Global Insight, says as bad as the numbers are, they were not a surprise.

Not Your Father's N.B.A.

Ear-piercing music selections, T-shirts shot into the crowd by air guns, on-court promotions, and oh yeah, 48 minutes of basketball. That's what you'll get if you attend a professional basketball game these days. The Boston Globe's Shira Springer reports on game presentation and the fan experience in the 21st century world of sports.

Truckin' And Listener Letters

Jeff Clark, a trucker who is on the road in Texas today, comments about a conversation we had about moving freight from trucks to rails. We also hear from other listeners.

Migrant Mother in Nipomo, California, 1936.
Migrant Mother in Nipomo, California, 1936.

Looking at Dorothea Lange's Photography

MIT Professor Anne Whiston Spirn, whose book is called "Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange's Photographs & Reports from the Field," writes about how Dorothea Lange, the photographer hired in the New Deal to document the plight of migrant workers, revealed much more than meets the eye about the poverty-stricken people in her photos.

Professor Spirn traveled to the areas that Lange photographed, and compares then & now.

Lange’s original caption for her photo of the migrant mother in Nipomo, California: “Destitute peapickers in California; a 32 year old mother of seven children. February 1936.”

Music from the Show

  • Bon Jovi , "Livin' on a Prayer"
  • Uncle Tupelo, "Sandusky"
  • Joan Osborne,“One of Us” written by Eric Bazilian
  • Beyonce, “If I Were a Boy” written by Toby Gad and BC Jean

This program aired on March 6, 2009.

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