There is a growing sense of emergency about the Syrian refugees who continue to pour into neighboring countries. According to UN estimates, the number of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq, could soon reach 1 million. Nancy Lindborg has seen the needs of Syrian refugees firsthand. Earlier this year, the USAID Assistant Administrator, traveled to refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan to learn more about the crisis and the problems facing the refugees.
Dr. Steven Zeitels is a world-renowned throat surgeon who has treated hundreds of singers and performers including Adele, James Taylor, and many others who have developed successful careers with their powerful voices.
Drawing back lapsed Catholics to the church, has been a concern of Pope Benedict XVI, who will officially resign from office on February 28. The Takeaway considers the success of efforts to reach those who have left the Church, including the "Catholics Come Home" initiative.
There are many ways to tell the story of what has happened in Egypt since the start of the revolution two years ago. Journalist Christopher Lydon chose the art created by Egypt’s leading novelists, architects, poets, musicians, and painters.
Millions of people around the world suffer from Parkinson’s disease, but not everyone who has the neurological disease has easy access to a diagnosis. Mathematician Max Little has been obsessed with trying to find a simpler way to detect Parkinson’s outside the clinic, and after seven years of work, he may be onto something.
The N.F.L. players union is teaming up with Harvard University in a $100 million study that will be conducted over ten years, to research, treat, and attempt to prevent injuries and other long-term health problems for its members. Dr. Lee Nadler is co-director of the study.
Yesterday a new day dawned on Massachusetts, as John Kerry bid farewell to his post as U.S. senator. His replacement, William "Mo" Cowan, will serve until a permanent successor is chosen in the June 25th special election. Callie Crossley, host of Boston Public Radio, shares more about Cowan and his selection.
As President Obama begins his second term, no senior Wall Street executives have yet been held criminally liable for the alleged fraud that led to the mortgage crisis. A new Frontline documentary, produced by our partner WGBH, investigates the Justice Department’s reluctance to indict Wall Street bankers. Martin Smith is the producer and correspondent for the film.
We all know it’s not safe to text and drive. And many states have passed laws to cut down on the practice. But states like Massachusetts are finding that it can be a challenge enforcing these laws. Lt. Victor Flaherty of the West Bridgewater Police works to enforce the Massachusetts anti-texting laws that went into effect in 2010.
President Barack Obama will soon begin his second term in office. A new Frontline documentary, produced by our partner WGBH, examines Obama's role as a negotiator on tough issues including the debt ceiling, and considers how the decisions taken during Obama's first term could potentially play out in the next four years of his presidency.
A growing number of news organization have responded to the recent incidents of gun violence by publishing lists from public records of the names and — sometimes the addresses — of gun owners in communities in the Northeast. Randy Cohen was the writer of The Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.
In his new series, "Underground Trade", Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for Takeaway partner WGBH, examines how poor women from mostly Asian countries are being forced into prostitution in American cities.
The insurance giant A.I.G. would like to thank you for bailing them out a few years ago. They'd also like to sue you. Michael de la Merced of The New York Times explains why.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. In her cover story for Time Magazine, staff writer Kate Pickert explains why she believes the abortion-rights cause is in crisis, and the pro-life movement is winning the fight over abortion rights.
In February 1989, after nine long years, the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan. Today, as the United States transitions out of the country, Nikolas Gvosdev, professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College, says that Americans have plenty of lessons to learn from the Soviet withdrawal.
Comet ISON is expected to pass close to earth in late 2013 and when it does, it could be one of the brightest comets seen in many years, perhaps even brighter than the full Moon. The American Museum of Natural History's Denton Ebel talks about Comet ISON and other spectacular comets.
As the debate over gun control is relaunched in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, there is another conversation taking place over the mental health resources available to troubled youth like the shooter, Adam Lanza. Rick Moody is someone who has thought a lot about access to mental health services. He's the author of "The Ice Storm," and he recalls being a "troubled kid in Connecticut."
Congress recently approved a law that honors Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who reportedly uncovered massive tax fraud in Russia that involved several Russian tax officials. After Magnitsky confronted those officials with his evidence, he was arrested and detained in a Moscow prison, where he died three years ago. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, is the author of the law.
How do you get from a culture that depends on aid to a culture that promotes innovation? The story of Kelvin Doe, a 16-year-old from the West African nation of Sierra Leone, offers hope. David Sengeh, a PhD student at MIT, recently arranged for Doe to visit the United States.
There are likely many images that spring to mind when considering the "fiscal cliff," but for the dean of Columbia Business School, Glenn Hubbard, the looming austerity crisis brings back memories of summer vacations in Ogunquit, Maine: a scenic coastal walk along a narrow path on a cliff. Hubbard says there is a safe way down the rocky path to reach the beach below, but you just need to find the right way to get there. Hubbard was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. He explains why our system was set up to create a "fiscal cliff" in the first place.