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Job-seekers, Flight and Breaking Boundaries

Megan Sukys

Northwest libraries are more popular in tough economic times. But, Boeing's legacy in the Northwest is challenged. This hour we also get a multi–racial perspective on Black History month.

At 2:05 p.m. – Library Use Up in Tough Economic Times

Here's one sure sign that economic times are tough across the Northwest: people are visiting their public libraries more often. Inland Northwest Correspondent Doug Nadvornick found that's true in Coeur d'Alene..

At 2:10 p.m. – Unemployed Veterans

Coming back after serving overseas in a combat zone can be hard enough. Coming back to a slow job market can be even worse. U.S. Army Vet, Stephen Kraft left the army four years ago and talks of his ongoing struggle to find a steady job. From American Public Media producers Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler, we get his story.

At 2:15 p.m. – Boeing Future

The future of the Boeing Company in Washington State is once again a growing topic of concern. There's a long list of reasons Boeing might look elsewhere to build its next generation of airplanes: The company is now headquartered in Chicago; the recent machinists strike; the cost of doing business in Washington; and the fact Southern states are aggressively courting Boeing. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

At 2:20 p.m. – Jay Spenser: Recapturing the Wonder of Flight

Every day dozens of commercial, private, military, and passenger aircraft make their way across the skies over Puget Sound. We mostly take these flights for granted. And when we travel on commercial airliners, the experience often lacks the civility and romance that air travel once held. Seattle writer and aviation expert Jay Spenser wants people to rediscover the marvel of human flight. Jay, a former curator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and at Seattle's Museum of Flight, is the author of "The Airplane: How Ideas Gave us Wings" In an archive interview from December 7, 2008, he tells Dave Beck why the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright vividly reminds him of the passion we all hold for flying.

At 2:40 p.m. – Gary Faigin

Lucinda Parker is considered by many the most prominent painter in Portland, but her multi–decade career hasn't won her as much recognition locally as in our sister city to the south. Our art critic Gary Faigin thinks that a big reason for that might be the tough, uncompromising quality of her work — polite and discreet, it's not. Gary joins us with his observations on Ms. Parker's current exhibition in Pioneer Square.

At 2:50 p.m. – Multi–Racial Black History

People have been trying to think, and identify themselves, outside of "racial" boxes since even before W.E.B. DuBois called the color line the problem of the 20th century. Well, this is Black History Month in the 21st century and some people who aren't just Black, Brown or Yellow might wonder, "where's their place in that Black history mix?" Will Wright in an independent reporter/producer in Minneapolis. He shares a multi–racial perspective on Black History month.

At 2:50 p.m. – Writer's Almanac

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