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.
Back in 2002, Richard Mangino lost both his forearms and part of his legs after contracting a bloodstream infection. Last year, he received two new hands in a 12-hour transplant operation performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac was the leader of Mangino’s transplant team.
According to our partner The New York Times, hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kabul Bank were spirited out of country — some smuggled in airline food trays — to foreign bank accounts. Matt Rosenberg is in Kabul for our partner The New York Times. He's seen all 277 pages of the official audit.
In his latest film, "The Dust Bowl," director Ken Burns shares the stories of those who survived one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in American history and considers whether the crisis could happen again, in a region heavily dependent on the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer which have been rapidly depleted.
If Congress fails to pass a deficit reduction deal before 2013, automatic spending cuts and tax increases will go into effect on the first of the year sending the United States off the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' William Cohan, former investment banker, discusses the looming debt crisis and what the president should do about it.
After months of campaigning and over a billion dollars spent, Mitt Romney faced defeat last night from his headquarters in Boston. Despite his loss, Romney insisted that the principles of his campaign endure. Jared Bowen, reporter at WGBH, was at Romney Headquarters last night. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, was covering the Obama victory from Chicago.
In Florida, there has been some confusion and a little chaos over early voting in Miami-Dade County. Yesterday, voters lined up outside the Miami Dade elections office in Doral. They'd been told earlier in the day by the Elections Department that they would be able to cast absentee ballots in person. Phil Latzman, a senior anchor and host with our affiliate station WLRN, explains.
As election day quickly approaches, the nation’s attention has been glued to Governor Romney, President Obama, and most recently Hurricane Sandy. But this November, contentious races in the Senate will also produce lasting effects on the power balance in Washington. Adam Reilly is covering the senate race in Massachusetts for WGBH and Wes Hester is covering the Virginia senate race for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Hurricane Sandy has devastated New Jersey, particularly areas along the coast. Congressman Frank Pallone explains how his district, on the Jersey Shore, is faring.
C.J. Chivers, correspondent for our partner The New York Times, has just returned from a reporting trip in Syria. He followed a group of Syrian rebels and the development of military tactics, including the booby trapping of ammunition, while he was there.
Every year between two and three million Muslims converge on the city of Mecca for the hajj. The annual religious pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam. The hajj begins this week and author Basharat Peer reflects on his experience of going on the hajj last year.
It is two weeks until election day and the presidential candidates, their campaigns, and their supporters have invested huge amounts of time and money to win our votes, but what ultimately sways us to pick one candidate over another? An increasing numbers of political scientists are considering the notion that our voting patterns may be influenced by genetics, as well as our environment. Kara Miller is the host of WGBH’s Innovation Hub.
A meningitis outbreak has sickened nearly 300 people and killed 23, but it turns out that this isn't the first time that this kind of outbreak has happened. Dr. John Perfect treated patients sickened in the 2002 outbreak.
As the candidates prepare to face off again tonight in the second presidential debate, there is actually something the two men finally agree on: the format. Tonight's debate at Hofstra University is town-hall style, meaning all questions come from the audience. The campaigns have also agreed that the moderator, Candy Crowley, will not be allowed ask follow-up questions.
With the debate over Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage still looming, WGBH's Phillip Martin got to thinking about some deeper questions about ethnicity and racial identity and how they factor into our political leanings.
David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times, talks about his new Nova Science Now series which explores a number of big scientific questions including: What makes us human?
A new two-hour biography about the lives of the former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama examines their childhoods and their early struggles to launch their political careers. The new FRONTLINE documentary is an extensive effort to better understand the men competing for the presidency in 2012.
How did this hot issue become a non-issue? Has the country forgotten about the Patriot Act? Or do the candidates just hope that we have? Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University's School of Law takes a closer look as part of The Takeaway's Don't Mention It Series.