Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s deeply polarizing president, died Tuesday. He was 58. His death leaves open questions about the future of the country-- and about the real impact of his legacy. Hannah Strange is Latin American Correspondent for the London Times; Phil Gunson is a Caracas based freelance journalist, who writes for The Economist; and Elio Aponte is founder of the Organizacion de Venezolanos en Exilo.
If you're a civilian employee working for the Defense Department, you've been put on notice. The sequester is very real and it's extremely likely you are gonna feel the effects of it soon. About 800,000 employees received notification that a furlough could be on the way. J. David Cox is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees.
Imagine yourself reclined on a cruise ship, sipping piña coladas, and leisurely moving through the ocean to the next stop along your week-long journey. What could be more idyllic? Now, imagine the thick clouds of smoke, the swarms of tourists and all of the noise that cruise ships bring.
Fifty years ago this week, Betty Friedan published "The Feminine Mystique." The groundbreaking feminist text proclaimed that the stalled rigidity of sexual roles was out of step with the other transformations taking place in the 20th century. Marcia Ann Gillespie, editor in chief of Ms. Magazine and freelance journalist Anna Holmes, founder of the website Jezebel explain how Friedan's book influenced them, and what work remains left for proponents of gender rights fifty years after its publication.
Detroit may be on the brink of insolvency. This is not the first time a US city has hit run into major financial problems. Cleveland did so in 1978, Philadelphia in 1991 and New York in the late 1970s. Jonathan Soffer, associate professor of history at Polytechnic Institute of New York University and author of "Ed Koch: and the Rebuilding of New York" explains what lessons Detroit can learn from these other cities-- and in particular, from New York.
More than a third of American workers regularly eat lunch at their desks, and more than half plan on doing work while they're on vacation. But Tony Schwartz, author of "Be Excellent at Anything" says we're doing it all wrong — and that the trick to getting more out of work is to do less.
The Post Master General says that he has no choice but to cut Saturday mail delivery given the billions of dollars of debt in which the organization finds itself. Once upon a time the Postal Service delivered many, many times each day.
What if protecting civilians from drone attacks was approached as a design challenge, rather than a legal one? Asher J. Kohn, a law student at Washington University at Saint Louis, recently audited an architecture class where he decided to imagine a drone-proof city.
While North Korea has repeatedly threatened to strike the United States, a threat made yesterday to target the United States was significantly more explicit. A statement from the North Korean National Defense Commission referred to the United States as the "sworn enemy of the Korean people."
In a landmark decision that overturns a 1994 ruling, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women in combat. The move will make hundreds of thousands of front-line jobs available to women. Kristen Rouse is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard who just returned from her third tour in Afghanistan, and Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and former Pentagon official.
Coming up, an update on a story we brought you earlier in the month about the size of Iran's intelligence agency. Justin Elliot, a reporter for Pro Publica, analyzes the number and its original source.
As we think about the formality of the upcoming inaugeration on Monday we remember a time in American history, fifty years ago, when a momentous transfer of power occurred without any forethought, without ritual, and without inauguration at all. Lyndon B. Johnson library director Mark UpdeGrove has the story.
The violent flashpoint between militant Islamic extremists in North Africa and western-backed governments struggling to contain them has been unfolding over the past few days in Algeria. Robert Fowler, Canada's former ambassador to the U.N., knows this history well. During his ambassadorship, Fowler was kidnapped by Al Qaeda militants and held hostage for more than four months.
Robert Frost marked the beginning a new tradition when he read "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural. In both of his inauguration ceremonies, President Barack Obama has chosen to put poetry front and center. Renowned poet Kwame Dawes discusses the very American tradition of inaugural poetry.
The New York City Medical Examiner has announced that the office is reviewing more than 800 rape kits, cases were handled by a former lab technician who made a series of incorrect reports over the course of ten years, from 2001 to 2011. Lawrence Kobilinsky, forensic scientist and chair of the science department at John Jay College, discusses the science of DNA analysis. Erin Murphy, professor of at New York University School of Law, explains the legal issues at stake.
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.
The notion of the ten year budget and fiscal cycle is actually a rather common one -- but why? It takes ten years, apparently, to shoot for big overhauls in the budget. Tax structures get a hard look and potential revision every ten years, even those pesky Bush tax cuts that are up for renewal have a ten year expiration date. But why ten? Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and its co-producer WNYC says, it's a pretty arbitrary time frame.
For many in the New York and New Jersey area, this week's winter storm comes as their recovery from super storm Sandy is still underway. That slow path to recovery for Sandy victims is particularly daunting for local business owners contending with how to keep their doors open. As winter sets in and 2012 comes to a close, a handful of business owners in and around Red Hook and nearby Sunset Park in Brooklyn share their stories about how they're trying to rebound two months after the storm.
This Christmas, less than two weeks after the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, we look at what it means to grieve during the holiday season with Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, priest for pastoral and community care at at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City.
The question over how and why we give gifts is central to the holiday season. What do we really value about gift giving and receiving? Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, says there are ways of measuring the value of gift giving and getting. DT Strain, a humanist minister and writer of The Houston Chronicle's The Spiritual Naturalist blog, calls for a moratorium on giving presents, asking that gifts come in the form of charity and time.