Jennifer Ludden

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Ralph Nader Seeks A United Front Against Corporate America

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Can political opposites attract? Ralph Nader's new book makes a case for the far left and right to come together. He tells NPR's Scott Simon there's common ground in opposing corporate America.


Present But Not There: Ruling Supports Telecommuting

Saturday, May 03, 2014

A federal court has ruled that being "at work" no longer has to mean physically in the office. Employment lawyers are expecting a flood of requests to telecommute, and say they'll be harder to deny.


If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In Vermont and San Francisco, the right of employees to ask for flexible work schedules is now enshrined in law. That doesn't mean, however, that employers are compelled to grant them.


Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Vitamin deficiencies near the time of conception change which genes get turned on during early development, scientists find.


Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The U.S. tax code, which dates back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet, can work against dual-income spouses. In some cases, it's cheaper for one spouse to stay home.


The Lives And Loves Left Behind By Fort Hood Victims

Friday, April 04, 2014

Besides the shooter himself, three others died in Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood. NPR's Jennifer Ludden offers profiles of the three victims.


It's Illegal But People Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Women's groups say female workers can't know if they're being discriminated against if they don't know what others are paid. A bill would ban companies from retaliating if employees discussed pay.


When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off

Monday, March 31, 2014

Women earn more than ever but their attitude about investing hasn't kept pace. They lack confidence, experts say, and fear they, like Cate Blanchett's character in Blue Jasmine, will run out of money.


Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An experimental program is trying to teach self-employed women the importance of long-term financial security. "You take care of yourself because nobody else is going to," one recruiter says.


Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home

Monday, March 17, 2014

By age 3, kids in low-income households have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers, research shows. In Providence, R.I., a home visit program is focused on boosting vocabulary.


Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New research finds that nearly one-third of full-time workers do most of their work remotely. But just who those workers are — and how much work they're doing — may come as a surprise.


Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

When couples divorce, fathers' rights groups say, too many judges fall back on tradition — primary custody for Mom. The groups are pushing for shared custody laws, but the effort faces resistance.


Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage

Sunday, December 01, 2013

In the developing world, one in three girls is married by the age of 18, and the number of young girls being married off is actually increasing, according to groups tracking the issue.


Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The state says the for-profit agency is not licensed to operate in the state. The agency has said that because its online ads don't originate in Illinois, it is not bound by the state's law. Still, the move could test the Internet's expanding reach in this sensitive area.


For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.

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Study Finds Stagnated, Declining Wages For Low Wage Earners

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A new report finds wages over the past decade were stagnant or declined for the bottom 70 percent of American workers. It's part of a longer-term trend, but economists are divided over how to change it.


Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday. Jackson had pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Jackson's wife Sandi received a one year sentence for her role in the scheme.


Carbon Tax Gaining Popularity, But Not With Lawmakers

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The idea of taxing carbon emissions to curb climate change has been gaining surprisingly diverse and bipartisan support over the past year. Everywhere, that is, except Congress.


Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority

Monday, July 15, 2013

The verdict in the Travyon Martin case is reverberating at the annual gathering of Delta Sigma Theta, a prominent service sorority that has long focused on African-American civil rights.


Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere — the workplace. In 29 states, it's still legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Congress is again considering legislation to ban that.