Continuing our thread this week about the changing American workplace, here's a fact about the changing American workforce: it's getting older. But the current workplace isn't set up for that kind of longevity, so workers are forced to negotiate that terrain by themselves. Susan Damour tried retiring at age 64, but less than two years later she was back in her office at the General Services Administration of the federal government. Laura Carstensen is a professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevitiy, and she has been studying the physical and mental health benefits of working longer and retiring later.
With Detroit falling deeper into debt and the local government helpless to respond, governor Rick Snyder declared a financial emergency in the city on Friday. The next step is to appoint an emergency manager who will be tasked with turning Motown around.
Two seasoned D.C. watchers join The Takeaway to discuss federal money management in the days ahead. Andrea Seabrook hosts the DecodeDC podcast, and Todd Zwillich is the Takeaway Washington correspondent.
Today's deadline for a deal on the sequester is expected to come and go without an agreement between Congress and President Obama. Todd Zwillich spoke to some small business owners in Washington, D.C., where cuts are felt particularly hard.
According to Oxford ethicist William MacAskill, the most effective route to "making a difference" in the world is not to work for a charity but to donate loads of cash instead. And the best way to do that? Get a job on Wall Street.
A new study published in The Lancet today has found a common genetic thread running through five well-known psychiatric diseases. Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes.
Those automatic spending cuts, known in Washington and beyond as the "sequester," just won't go away. And unless Congress stops it from happening, the "sequester" will kick in this Friday, affecting educators — and class sizes — nationwide.
Dr. Joseph Lykken of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory posits that "vacuum instability," that a universe will blow up like a bubble in our universe and sweep across it, consuming everything in its wake. It's pretty serious stuff, but the notion still relies on some far out cosmological theories.
President Obama's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, continues to receive praise and criticism for her background. By some, she's hailed as the tough prosecutor who took down John Gotti and a laundry list of most-wanted terrorists. But White has also come under fire for her connections to big banks. Peter Henning is a law professor at Wayne State University. Formerly, he was a Senior Attorney with the SEC's Division of Enforcement.
While the cuts haven't come yet, Takeaway political correspondent Todd Zwillich reports that the sequester deadline will probably come and go, automatically enacting those across-the-board spending drawdowns. But cuts will have a wider reach, affecting many industries throughout all parts of the United States. For example, the USDA will likely have to furlough many of their food inspectors, closing down the farms and factories they inspect. Mark Dopp is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the American Meat Institute.
Earlier this month New York became the first state to pass comprehensive gun control measures in the wake of December's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. But that hasn't stopped gun owners from pursuing their passion at a gun show in Albany. And in South Carolina, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon has said that he plans to not enforce gun laws he believes to be unconstitutional.
Steve Bono knows the importance of staying financially healthy after a successful career in professional sports. Bono spent roughly a decade and a half as a quarterback in the NFL, bouncing between teams, vying for playing time, and constantly worrying that he could lose his livelihood at a moment's notice. The former quarterback is teaming up with New York University for a study entitled, "The Financially Healthy Athlete."
Recently, earthquakes have begun to happen more frequently around the Dallas-Fort Worth area in northern Texas. While the cause of these quakes has yet to be officially determined, scientists and citizens are sure that leftover liquid in oil and gas disposal wells are causing plates to shift underground. KUT reporter Mose Buchele notes that this story has taken on a national spin.
As President Obama moves into his second term, will United States energy policy lean? Toward increased oil production and energy independence? Or toward more renewables and clean energy? Russell Gold is an energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is currently at work on a book about the United States, fracking, and energy.
In the midst of all of today's pageantry, it's worth taking a step back and looking at what President Obama has done with his first term, especially when it comes to civil rights. Jared Ball is associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist.
The Islamist uprising in the north African country of Mali continued to escalate yesterday, with hostilities spilling over the country's borders. As many as 20 militants stormed an oil field in Algeria, taking nearly 40 foreign hostages, including American and British citizens. J. Peter Pham, director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, explores the situation in the region.
Later today, President Obama is set to announce his new agenda on gun control, a response to last month's deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Some states, like New York, are already pushing for stricter laws on gun ownership, but other communities, like parts of Ohio, are moving in the opposite direction. Jim Irvine is president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation. Patricia Frost-Brooks is president of the Ohio Education Association.
Vietnam War veterans like John McCain are not new to national politics, playing a small but vocal role in Congress. But now two Vietnam vets are poised to join President Obama's cabinet in foreign policy roles. The president has nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry for secretary of state and Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense. Both were wounded in the war. Bryan Bender is the Washington reporter for The Boston Globe.
The flu outbreak is so severe in Boston that Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency this week. Dr. Brien Barnewolt, chair of emergency medicine at Tufts Medical Center, describes the scene on the ground.
Flu season is back, and this year's strain of the virus is especially brutal. But why is the 2013 influenza strain so bad? Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the CDC's Influenza Division, explains.