Listen

Lead Story

New Jobless Claims Dip Below 1 Million For 1st Time Since March

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the pandemic hit the economy in March. Claims under a special pandemic program for gig workers and others who are typically not eligible for unemployment also fell. The drop may signal an improvement in the job market. Jobless benefits have also become less valuable, since a $600 per week federal supplement expired at the end of July. President Trump on Saturday ordered a temporary...

Read More

Marjorie Taylor Greene's path to Congress has been strewn with controversy. Politico dug up her history of disparaging Black people and Muslims. She's unapologetic about the anti-Semitic tropes she has used to describe George Soros.

It's one of the cheapest ways to help kids in extremely poor countries: Twice a year, give them a 50-cent pill to kill off nasty intestinal parasites. Now, a landmark study finds the benefits carry over long into adulthood — and the impact is massive. But dig deeper and the issue quickly becomes more complicated — and controversial.

To understand why, it helps to start at the beginning, when newly minted economist — and future Nobel prize winner — Michael Kremer says he stumbled into this study by lucky happenstance.

Fresh Air's longtime language commentator Geoff Nunberg died Monday after a long illness. He was 75.

Geoff was a regular contributor to Fresh Air since 1987, when we made the transition from a local radio program to a daily NPR show. I met him even before that, when he was the usage editor at The American Heritage Dictionary, and I interviewed him about the new edition.

Columbus City Schools today announced the suspension of all in-person interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The district says the suspension takes effect Friday, August 14. 

The City of Columbus has secured court orders to board-up a south side drug house, a Franklinton area drug house, and a West Broad Street storefront operating as an illegal after-hours club during the COVID-19 shutdown in April. 

pinterest.com

An injured bald eagle that was rescued in Licking County in June has been released back into the wild. 

Updated 1:18 p.m. ET

While President Trump has long railed against mail-in voting, falsely claiming it leads to rampant fraud, he appeared to confirm Thursday morning that he opposes Democrats' proposed boost in funding for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to make it harder to expand voting by mail.

Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power in Iowa and Illinois, and some roads are still impassable, after a powerful windstorm wreaked havoc in the Midwest on Monday. The violent winds spread from South Dakota to Ohio, topping 100 mph in some places.

A late-night tweet from Kanye West this week strengthened the impression that establishment Republicans are helping the musician and fashion designer in his quest to get on the ballot in some states as a third-party candidate for president.

"I'm willing to do a live interview with the New York Time[s] about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr. Claude Anderson's book Powernomics," the post reads.

"Jared" is Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser.

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the pandemic hit the economy in March. Claims under a special pandemic program for gig workers and others who are typically not eligible for unemployment also fell.

The drop may signal an improvement in the job market. Jobless benefits have also become less valuable, since a $600 per week federal supplement expired at the end of July.

Pages

CCS 2020 Graduation

Listen to WCBE Saturday, August 15 @ 6:30pm for the CCS Summer Graduation Ceremony

Gift of Music

Instruments may be dropped off at WCBE weekdays Aug. 29th-Sept. 6th from Noon to 5PM

Virtual Nelsonville Music Fest

The Nelsonville Music Festival will be occurring virtually this year on August 21st and 22nd at 8PM EST

WCBE Events Calendar

Check out what's happening in Columbus.

Underwrite with WCBE

Live From Studio A

Live From Studio A Pic of the Week

Science and Technology

Eagles And Mockingbirds Catch A Break As Judge Strikes Down Trump Bird Opinion

A federal judge in New York struck down a Trump administration decision to scale back U.S. government protections for migratory birds. The change by the administration would have allowed companies that accidentally kill migratory birds during the course of their work no longer to face the possibility of criminal prosecution. In a 31-page document , U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni cited the novel To Kill a Mockingbird to support her decision. "It is not only a sin to kill a mockingbird, it...

Read More

Arts & Life

Donna Mogavero

Music Journeys: Donna Mogavero

Donna Mogavero has been singing in Columbus and around Ohio for decades. She performs as part of CAPA's ApART Together series Thursday night. Mogavero also has new music coming out soon. Here on Music Journeys, she shares a couple new songs and explains what inspired her to record again. Mogavero also reflects on her Columbus history and takes part in our Fast Five song questions. Thanks for listening.

Read More