Economy
3:51 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

Can Fed's New 'Twist' Prevent Another Recession?

Is the United States on the verge of a double-dip recession?
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Originally published on Sun September 25, 2011 4:26 am

The economic news has been nothing but grim lately: weak expansion, sluggish consumer spending and unemployment holding steady at just over 9 percent.

Overseas, the picture isn't any rosier, with Greece expected to default on its debts — possibly followed by Portugal and Ireland — and the International Monetary Fund predicting a global economic slowdown.

So is the U.S. heading for a double-dip recession? Or are we there already? And what can we do about it?

Operation Twist

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Around the Nation
1:00 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

The Fight To Save Troy Davis

Troy Davis was executed in Georgia on Wednesday night. He'd been convicted of killing an off-duty police officer 22 years ago in Savannah. Amnesty International's Laura Moye talks with weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the campaign she led that transformed Davis from a nameless convict on death row to a household name.

World
1:00 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

U.S. Sells Bunker Busters To Israel

Two years ago, the Obama Administration secretly authorized the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs — or bunker busters — to Israel. That's according to an investigation by Newsweek magazine. The bombs could potentially be used in Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Eli Lake, the reporter who broke the story.

Around the Nation
1:00 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

Week In News: Another Shutdown, An Execution And Putin Runs Again

Another government shutdown could be looming, the state of Georgia goes ahead with the controversial execution of Troy Davis and overseas, Vladimir Putin announces he's taking another run at the Russian presidency. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz and the Atlantic's James Fallows get behind the headlines of the week's biggest news.

World
12:34 pm
Sat September 24, 2011

World Powers Seek To Contain Europe Debt Crisis

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 10:14 am

World stock markets tumbled this week amid fears about Europe's debt crisis, and the subject dominated the discussions at the fall meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund held this weekend.

Europe's sovereign debt problems, including the growing possibility of a default by Greece, have been festering now for more than a year. Investors in the financial markets are questioning the will and capacity of European governments to solve the problem. In the seminars and salons surrounding the meetings, financial heavyweights sounded the alarm.

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

Fla. Straw Poll Generates Heat, Not So Much Light

It decides nothing, and may be totally meaningless, but like many other political events, the Florida straw poll gets a lot of attention from candidates and the media. This year, the poll is expected to draw 3,500 party activists to take part in Orlando, where NPR's Greg Allen reports from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

NPR Story
6:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

On The West Bank, Cheers For Mahmoud Abbas

Tens of thousands of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank took to the streets Friday night to celebrate their formal bid for statehood at the United Nations. Watching on large television screens set up in city squares, Palestinians reacted with joy at the uncharacteristically impassioned speech given by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. From Ramallah, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with host Scott Simon.

NPR Story
6:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

Nations Duel Over Palestinian Statehood Bid

The UN Security Council now has before it an application from the Palestinians to join the United Nations as a full member. The U.S. is promising to veto the bid as diplomats try to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the parties sound very far apart.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat September 24, 2011

Palestinian Kids' Art Deemed Unsuitable For Children

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 11:50 am

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

There's going to be usual art exhibit this afternoon in Oakland, California. Unusual because it features art made by Palestinian children living in the Gaza Strip, and also because the art exhibit will not be shown inside the museum that had originally scheduled the show.

NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.

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