12:53pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

BBC Accuses Iran Of 'Bullying' Its Persian Service Employees

Saying officials have undertaken yet another campaign of "bullying and harassment" of its Persian service staff, the BBC called on the Iranian government to "repudiate the action of its officials."

In a blog post, the BBC's Director General Mark Thompson also called on the international community to "put maximum pressure on Iran to desist in this campaign of intimidation, persistent censorship and a disturbing abuse of power."

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12:45pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Business

January's Jobless Rate Shows Spurt Of Growth

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 12:57 pm

The Labor Department said the economy added 243,000 jobs in January, well beyond many economists' expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.

12:20pm

Fri February 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Rights Group Says Syrian Security Forces Detained, Tortured Children

A young boy carries the Syrian-rebel adopted flag during an anti-regime demonstration in the Syrian village of al-Qsair, not far from Homs.
Alessio Romenzi AFP/Getty Images

Human Rights Watch has a harrowing report out today about what it says is the targeting of children by Syria's government forces.

"Children have not been spared the horror of Syria's crackdown," Lois Whitman, children's rights director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. "Syrian security forces have killed, arrested and tortured children in their homes, their schools or on the streets. In many cases, security forces have targeted children just as they have targeted adults."

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12:00pm

Fri February 3, 2012
BackTalk

Letters From Detroit

Tell Me More is back from the Motor City, but the letters are still rolling in. This week, host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar comb through listener feedback and hear from one woman who was brought to tears after hearing Oscar nominee Demian Bichir's favorite songs.

12:00pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Barbershop

Shop Talk: Did Romney Slow His Roll?

The Barbershop guys discuss whether Mitt Romney put the brakes on his momentum when he said he was not concerned about the very poor. Host Michel Martin checks in with freelance journalist Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre, and National Review contributor Neil Minkoff.

12:00pm

Fri February 3, 2012
NPR Story

Something For The Fashionista Football Fan

Women make up a large portion of the National Football League's fan base. The NFL has made great efforts to better engage female fans. Host Michel Martin speaks to NFL Director of Apparel Rhiannon Madden about the women's apparel line and the "Fit For You" campaign.

12:00pm

Fri February 3, 2012
NPR Story

Contraception Provision Sets Off Firestorm

The Obama administration reaffirmed its position that certain religious institutions have to provide health coverage that offers free contraception. U.S. Catholic bishops are vowing to fight this rule in Congress, in courts, and in churches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times.

12:00pm

Fri February 3, 2012
NPR Story

Las Vegas Principal Hopes To Beat The Odds

Nevada has the lowest high school graduation rate in the country. But now a multi-million dollar federal grant is helping one district turn its schools around. Host Michel Martin speaks with a principal who spent last Saturday knocking on the doors of students who dropped out, encouraging them to come back to school.

11:46am

Fri February 3, 2012
Politics and Government

Eliot Spitzer on the Campbell Conversations

Perhaps no one is better suited to evaluate President Obama’s new investigative and prosecutorial unit on abuses in the mortgage industry than former governor and attorney general Eliot Spitzer.  As a prosecutor and attorney general, he was known for his aggressive pursuit of financial abuse; he warned us about the ultimate financial collapse; and he has written about these topics extensively since the crisis in 2008. 

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11:37am

Fri February 3, 2012
The Swing State Project

Battered By The Bust, Nevada Voters Search For Slivers Of Hope

Las Vegas resident Jillian Batchelor, 29, voted for Obama in 2008 but says now, "I'm voting Republican all the way this time."
Becky Lettenberger NPR

The brutal recession has wracked Nevada, where soaring unemployment and foreclosure numbers tell the story of the state's misery. But its importance as a swing state in the 2012 presidential contest has only been enhanced in the four years since it went for Democrat Barack Obama.

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