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The October unemployment numbers cast a brighter picture than economists expected. NPR's Senior Business Editor, Marilyn Geewax talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about what the strengths and weaknesses of the economy are right now, and why it's been so difficult to read.

For women in the military, serving can present its own set of challenges, especially when they have to balance duty to their county and duties at home. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with two women veterans, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato and Miyoko Hikiji, about their devotion to helping other military women and veterans navigate those challenges.

On April 18, 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier on a secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, the men became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. On Saturday, three of the four remaining Raiders met for what is probably the last time.

It is "worse than hell" in the areas that were leveled by the powerful storm, a survivor says. Rescue efforts are under way, but getting to the stricken areas is proving to be difficult.

Alex Sugiura says he understands why people ask. "I have always thought I've had a particularly strange face," he explains. And the query, he says, gives him a chance to really talk about what it means to be mixed-race in America.

A New Jersey fire department has hired 43 military veterans on to the force this year. The fire chief says their background makes them well-suited to the job, and the recruits say firefighting gives them the sense of camaraderie and responsibility they've missed.

It takes more than a decisive vision to solve intractable world problems, says Harvard leadership expert Ronald Heifetz. Instead, he advises his students — including budding heads-of-state — to think less like surgeons and more like psychiatrists.

Self-employed workers are some of the people who could benefit most from insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but figuring out how much coverage will cost can be tricky. Well, we've got answers for them, and also for people wondering about what happens if they don't have any insurance at all.

Conspiracy theories continue over the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and polonium is suspected as the weapon of the alleged assassin. Whatever happened to Arafat, there is a case from 2006 that shows just how destructive the radioactive element can be. It all started with a sip of green tea.

The U.S. share of international shipping has been shrinking ever since World War II. The latest threat comes from a proposed change that would allow the U.S. to buy a large percentage of its food aid in local markets, instead of from the U.S. That would mean less shipping from the U.S., and possibly fewer jobs.

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