Michele Norris speaks with Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy. They talk about the latest developments in the debt ceiling negotiations.
The U.S. Postal Service released a list Tuesday of 3,700 post offices it is considering closing as part of an effort to become leaner and more competitive. For some ideas on what could become of vacant post office buildings, Michele Norris talks with Sarah Belhasen, a family physician who bought the old post office in her town of Paintsville, Ky., a decade ago. Belhasen turned the building into her home.
A fifth of the nation's public school students attend rural schools, but nearly a third of those kids don't graduate. In fact, many schools that researchers have labeled "dropout factories" are in rural communities. No state has more than South Carolina, which has 50. In this state, lots of teenagers just don't think they need a high school diploma.
Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. With his band, The Commotions, he made an album now heralded as a classic of the U.K. post-punk era, 1984's Rattlesnakes.
Cole subsequently moved to the U.S., and has released a steady stream of records since the 1980s. To release his latest album, Broken Record, Cole reached out to his fans and funded the record entirely through pre-sales.