I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, it's time to head into the Beauty Shop. That's where we get a fresh cut on some of the week's news. The ladies are going to weigh in on the president's State of the Union address, and reaction from Capitol Hill and the Tea Party.
We'll also talk about a comprehensive new survey about how black women see themselves and their place in society. This is the first time this has been done in years, if at all - very interesting findings.
The economy was such a focus of the president's speech last night that we thought it was appropriate to check in with NPR's senior business editor, Marilyn Geewax. Marilyn, thanks for coming in once again.
MARILYN GEEWAX, BYLINE: Hi.
MARTIN: Now, you just heard from Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett. And the president said that, quote, "the state of the union is getting stronger," but I think you heard Ms. Jarrett say that a lot more is yet to do. So where are we, really?
Now we'll talk prizes for a different type of storytelling: children's books. And you might remember those special books in your school library, the ones with the shiny gold, silver or bronze seals. Those books were winners of the John Newbery Medal or Randolph Caldecott Medal for excellent writing and illustrations in children's books. The awards are given out each year by the American Library Association.
Lego's new play sets, which are geared toward girls, include a beauty shop, cafe and pool. Critics say the toys are too focused on image and gender stereotypes. Others, including Lego, say they're simply what girls want to play with. Host Michel Martin and a diverse panel of moms explore gender-focused marketing.