President Obama says if America wants a strong, growing economy, it needs robust, growing factories. In Pittsburgh Friday, Obama launched a new partnership with businesses and universities. It's designed to give a boost to the manufacturing sector in hopes that factories will then offer more, good-paying jobs. The announcement capped a week in which Obama also began winding down the war in Afghanistan and tip-toed around the fight over same-sex marriage. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Despite the pressure to draw down troops in Afghanistan quickly, President Obama was being tugged in the opposite direction. His military advisers wanted to keep more of the "surge troops" for a longer period of time. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman, reporting from Afghanistan, about the president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops.
Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured this week after 16 years as a fugitive. His years in hiding were aided by corrupt FBI agents who protected him in exchange for information. Host Scott Simon talks to former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr, author of Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the relationship between Bulger and his contacts.
Baseball players are cursing the sun, football players are still cursing the owners, and basketball players may join them. Host Scott Simon and NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman discuss Wimbledon, the NBA draft and labor talks in the NFL and the NBA.
In some neighborhoods, the drone of lawnmowers is the soundtrack of summer. Sean Hurley hears them bright and early in his New Hampshire town, and in this essay, he says he tries to make the best of the serenade.