"General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC posted double-digit sales increases in September, defying the prevailing malaise in the economy," The Detroit News reports. "GM reported U.S. sales of 207,145 vehicles last month, a 20 percent increase over September 2010. Chrysler's domestic sales were up 27 percent."
I wanted to have a word about that cupcake sale the Berkeley College Republicans hosted last week at their school, the University of California, Berkeley. You know, the one where they priced the cupcakes differently according to who was supposedly going to buy them. According to the pricing plan the Berkeley Republicans came up with: white kids were to pay the most ($2), Native Americans the least (25 cents), with Asians, Latinos and Blacks all paying different prices in between, and women got an additional 25 cents off.
In 'The Latino List,' Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa profiles 15 high-achieving individuals who share their struggles and triumphs as Hispanics in America. Those profiled include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and actors America Ferrera and John Leguizamo. Hinojosa and Michel Martin discuss the film and touch upon immigration news.
Radical U.S.-born cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed Friday in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. He inspired plots to attack Americans, including the Fort Hood shooting and the 2009 Christmas plot to blow up an airplane. But author and human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar says al-Awlaki represents an extreme minority, and a majority of Muslims prescribe to a peaceful side of Islam. He speaks with Michel Martin about his new book, Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era..
George Junius Stinney, Jr. was 14 years old when South Carolina executed him, making him the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20th century. He was convicted of murdering two girls. Now there's a move to clear his name. Host Michel Martin speaks with Frank Wu, chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Wu has been an outspoken advocate for clearing Stinney's name.
The U.S. Supreme Court opens its 2011-2012 session Monday, in what could prove to be one of the most notable terms in years. The court is expected to hear cases about immigration, Medicaid and President Obama's landmark health care law. Michel Martin discusses the cases with George Washington University Law Professor Paul Butler and Eva Rodriguez, a Washington Post editorial writer who specializes in legal affairs.
A new charismatic Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and Jesus' return is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role. Several apostles affiliated with the movement helped organize or spoke at Rick Perry's August prayer rally, The Response.
Ever wonder where your food came from? No, I mean where it really came from — as in, where did humans first find the plants that we now depend on for survival, like potatoes or wheat or corn, and what made those plants such generous providers of food, anyway?
Neither reports signals a sharp turnaround for the sluggish economy, but:
-- The manufacturing sector "expanded in September for the 26th consecutive month," the Institute for Supply Management says. An index it calculates that measures such things as orders, production and employment stood at 51.6 in September vs. 50.6 in August. A reading above 50 is supposed to signal an expanding factory sector. The index has been at 50 or above for those 26 months.