Jan 6, 2012

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The new unemployment figures may be signaling that the economy is finally getting back on track. Kai Ryssdal visits a jobs counselor to see a different side of the job market. Penn State has a new head coach, and the alumni aren't happy. The increase in smartphone usage is clogging up the airwaves. Chinese officials are concerned about the messages pop culture TV shows send. And commentator Reiham Salam explores the economic impact caused by mass incarceration in the U.S.

Segments From this episode

More professionals strike out on their own

Jan 6, 2012
Economists say today's jobless rate of 8.5 percent might have been higher if it weren't for more unemployed professionals starting their own home-based businesses.

Weekly Wrap: American jobs, European economy

Jan 6, 2012
Reviewing the week on Wall Street and beyond. This week: A look at the December jobs numbers and the continuing economic crisis across the pond.

What Now: The crime economy

Jan 6, 2012
Reforming our prison system may, in fact, help the country grow -- economically.

A few big data users slow us all down

Jan 6, 2012
A new study says just 1 percent of mobile users hog half the available wireless capacity.

China cracks down on popular TV shows

Jan 6, 2012
On the orders of the government, Chinese television has had to replace popular shows similar to "American Idol" with more morally uplifting fare.

Penn State choice for Paterno successor draws boos

Jan 6, 2012
An assistant coach from the pros doesn't impress like a star coach from a big-name university, raising questions about Penn State's bottom lines: recruits, wins and revenue.

Letters: Walking drunk and eating junk

Jan 6, 2012
Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: Staying safe behind the wheel, limiting your junk food and saving your fuel economy.

Calling mom can reduce stress levels

Jan 6, 2012
Your mom was right (as usual): It's good for your health to give her a phone call.

Help Wanted: Motivated, dedicated job counselors

Jan 6, 2012
Wilshire WorkSource is one of over 50 jobs training centers in Los Angeles County. But as they economy continues to suffer, layoffs are hitting the one place whose goal it is to help the unemployed find work.

The new unemployment figures may be signaling that the economy is finally getting back on track. Kai Ryssdal visits a jobs counselor to see a different side of the job market. Penn State has a new head coach, and the alumni aren’t happy. The increase in smartphone usage is clogging up the airwaves. Chinese officials are concerned about the messages pop culture TV shows send. And commentator Reiham Salam explores the economic impact caused by mass incarceration in the U.S.

Music from the episode

Dig A Little Deeper Peter Bjorn and John
Pockets Four Tet
Loud Pipes Ratatat