Kelly McEvers http://kwit.org en After Factory Layoffs, Struggling To Stay On The Economic Ladder http://kwit.org/post/after-factory-layoffs-struggling-stay-economic-ladder Lynn Eldredge has worked hard for the past three decades. But somehow, it's still not quite enough.<p>Eldredge started his working life in the Air Force, and eventually found a steady job in a factory in Kansas. But then, in 2000, he was laid off — and has had six different jobs since then.<p>Over the past several decades in the U.S., wages have stayed flat or even gone down, while the cost of living has gone up. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 50008 at http://kwit.org After Factory Layoffs, Struggling To Stay On The Economic Ladder At Venice Beach, Rich, Poor And Middle Class Coexist http://kwit.org/post/venice-beach-rich-poor-and-middle-class-coexist <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=At+Venice+Beach%2C+Rich%2C+Poor+And+Middle+Class+Coexist&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMTY5Njg0MDEyMjQ2OTQ4NjVhMTAyZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>If you've ever been to Southern California, you've probably visited or at least heard about Venice Beach. A funky beach town where about 16 million people come to visit every year. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 48311 at http://kwit.org Tommy Ramone, Co-Founder Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://kwit.org/post/tommy-ramone-co-founder-ramones-dies-65 Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, has died at age 65. The drummer was the last living member of the legendary punk band he helped create. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 48274 at http://kwit.org On Calif. Cattle Ranch, Students Wrangle With Meaning Of Manhood http://kwit.org/post/calif-cattle-ranch-students-wrangle-meaning-manhood <em>For </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a>"<em> series, NPR's Kelly McEvers sent this report on Deep Springs College — the all-male college that her husband attended, and where he and McEvers have both taught. </em><p>About a hundred years ago, a man named L.L. Nunn was building power plants in the American West. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 48060 at http://kwit.org Pentagon Decides To Dig Up Remains Of Long-Lost Soldier http://kwit.org/post/pentagon-decides-dig-remains-long-lost-soldier After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has decided to disinter the possible grave of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines.<p>Military officials also plan to disinter the remains of 10 other men in the same unmarked grave, says Navy Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost, a Defense Department spokeswoman. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:52:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 47579 at http://kwit.org Are Life Spans Getting Longer? It Depends On How Wealthy You Are http://kwit.org/post/are-life-spans-getting-longer-it-depends-how-wealthy-you-are While life expectancies are getting longer for those who are well off, life spans for poor women are actually getting shorter. The stories of two women, from two very different places, illustrate the reasons for the gap. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 47056 at http://kwit.org Farm Workers' Low Wages Hinder San Joaquin Valley's Economy http://kwit.org/post/farm-workers-low-wages-hinder-san-joaquin-valleys-economy Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, that's the national picture. Let's zoom in on a region that stands out for its high unemployment, Central California's San Joaquin Valley. NPR's Kelly McEvers went to find out why it's so hard to get a job amid some of the most productive farmland on earth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE RINGING)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: Employment Development Department, work force services.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: It's first thing in the morning. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 46026 at http://kwit.org 17 Primary Candidates Vie For Rep. Henry Waxman's Seat http://kwit.org/post/17-primary-candidates-vie-rep-henry-waxmans-seat When the Democrat from Southern California announced his retirement earlier this year, he opened up a seat that had been occupied for decades. The top-two vote getters will face off in November. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 45746 at http://kwit.org Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage http://kwit.org/post/albuquerque-police-face-federal-scrutiny-local-outrage Kenneth Ellis III was shot and killed by police in a 7-Eleven parking lot in Albuquerque, N.M.<p>He is among the dozens of people local police have shot over the last four years, 25 of whom have died. The U.S. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 45083 at http://kwit.org Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage Spouses Of H1B Visa Holders May Soon Be Able To Hold U.S. Jobs http://kwit.org/post/spouses-h1b-visa-holders-may-now-hold-jobs-us Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>With immigration reform a non-starter in Congress, those advocating reform have been urging the Obama administration to make changes on its own. And the first of those changes was announced this week. It involves the guest visa program known as H1B that allows highly skilled professionals from other countries to come to work in the U.S. The change would allow nearly 100,000 spouses of H1B visa holders to work as well. NPR's Kelly McEvers has the story.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Back in India, Priyancka More got a management degree and an MBA. Thu, 08 May 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 44226 at http://kwit.org