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As Obama Visits, Charlotte, NC Asks: Where Are The Jobs?

President Barack Obama looks at some material during a tour of Celgard, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. (AP)
President Barack Obama looks at some material during a tour of Celgard, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. (AP)

President Obama visits a factory in Charlotte, North Carolina today to tout the latest job numbers, which show the largest gain in three years. The White House says the severely distressed labor market is beginning to heal. However, an editorial in today's Charlotte Observer says Mr. President, "we're not feeling it." We speak with Taylor Batten, editorial page editor for the Charlotte Observer.

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Do You Believe In God?

Antonio Monda, a critic for the Italian newspaper “La Republica” posed that question to 18 well-known cultural figures including Saul Bellow, Grace Paley, Elie Weisel and Jane Fonda. We talk with Monda about the answers he got and wrote about in his new book: “Do You Believe?: Conversations on God and Religion.”

Sports Fans Anticipate A Big Weekend

Sports fans have a plentiful menu to choose from this weekend. It's Final Four time for men's and women's college basketball, and the Yankees and Red Sox open the Major League Baseball season Sunday night at Fenway Park in Boston. Only a Game host Bill Littlefield will be watching and joins us with his thoughts.

Romania Considers A 'Fat Tax'

The BBC's Nick Thorpe reports on the heated debate over a so-called fat tax in Romania. The government is pushing the tax as a way to combat obesity and disease, but fast food restaurants and their customers are crying foul.

Listener Letters: Mortgage Walkaways, Africa's New Diva

Oh boy, did we hear from listener's after our interview with Jon Maddox of the firm, You Walk Away. He counsels people on how to walk away from their mortgages. Listeners had happier thoughts for Angelique Kidjo, the West African singer, who in her new CD honors the late Miriam Makeba.

Peter Wolf Jams As A Renaissance Rocker

Peter Wolf, the former J. Geils Band frontman, practices some air guitar. (Courtesy Tracy Berglund)
Peter Wolf, the former J. Geils Band frontman, practices some air guitar. (Courtesy Tracy Berglund)

Former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf is out with a new CD, Midnight Souvenirs, that includes a number of new songs and a few collaborations with Merle Haggard, Neko Case and country singer Shelby Lynn. We talk with Wolf about his long career in Rock and Roll, the unusual road that took him there.

Music From The Show

  • Nathan Milstein, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin"
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • Herbie Hancock, "Watermelon Man"
  • Jimi Hendrix, "Crosstown Traffic"
  • The J. Geils Band, "Freeze Frame"
  • Peter Wolf with Shelby Lynn, "Tragedy"
  • Peter Wolf, "Overnight Lows"
  • J. Geils Band, "I Must Of Got Lost"
  • Peter Wolf with Neko Case, "The Greenfields Of Summer"
  • Peter Wolf with Merle Haggard, "It’s Too Late For Me"
  • Peter Wolf, "I Don’t Wanna Know"

This program aired on April 2, 2010.

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