There was a scene at this year's Sasquatch music festival that truly caught me off guard. I went to see Foster the People — I'd heard a few of the band's songs, and we'd posted "Pumped Up Kicks" on the All Songs Considered blog last summer — but I'd missed how many people had fallen in love with the group. The greeting Foster the People received felt like a homecoming.
Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 6:53 am
By Ari Berman
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President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style meeting on Aug. 17, 2011 in Alpha, Illinois. President Obama was on the last day of a three-day bus tour of the Midwest during which he will discuss ways to improve the economy and create jobs, and hear directly from Americans.
Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.
After a year of embracing austerity economics—emphasizing cutting spending and government over creating new jobs—Barack Obama belatedly tried to change the conversation with his big jobs speech Thursday night.
A giant sign reading "jobs" hangs outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
In the 2012 election cycle, "Job No. 1" for any political candidate will be to lay out persuasive plans for generating more middle-income jobs.
In the more than two years since the Great Recession ended, job growth has been exceptionally slow. Today, 14 million U.S. workers cannot find jobs and the unemployment rate hovers at 9.1 percent. That's nearly twice the level that would reflect a healthy labor market.
Signs above Highway 15 indicate two routes to Mecca, Islam's holiest city: one for Muslims and one for non-Muslims.
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A group of Saudi youth make an early morning stop at a Jeddah Dunkin' Donuts after spending the night partying on the beach.
The road to Sept. 11 began here on Highway 15 in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, which stretches from Mecca into a barren desert landscape and up into the winding, rocky passes of the Asir province bordering Yemen.
Osama bin Laden's father, a Saudi construction magnate, built this highway in the 1960s connecting the kingdom to his ancestral homeland of Yemen, and it was along this same stretch of asphalt that Osama bin Laden recruited 12 of the 15 Saudi youths who were among the 19 hijackers to carry out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.