In 2008, with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy, having a female in The Oval Office seemed just around the corner. Yet, with Governor Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for vice president, we are once again looking at an all-male ticket.
Saudi Arabia is sending two female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, becoming one of the last competing countries to do so. The step is a huge statement for female athletes globally, but some critics warn that it may be a deceiving one.
Lynn Sherr was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss our human attraction to water and her own love of swimming. She also told us what she's been listening to recently.
Five years later, as we remember the days running up to Hurricane Katrina, the remaining troubles of the disaster are far from gone. That, and this morning's top headlines.
Noah Baumbach, best known for his films The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, has a new movie in theaters nationwide today. It’s called Greenberg, and it follows a narcissistic man-child played by Ben Stiller as he tries to get his life together.
Baumbach talks with us about why he chose Stiller for the role, whether he sees Greenberg as a “guy movie,” and what it’s like working with his real-life wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, who appears in the film and shares story credits.
Chacma baboons have been living in South Africa for millennia, but in the last few centuries they've come into greater contact with humans as their natural habitat is being turned into prime wine country. They are forced onto vineyards to find food and have developed a palate for the sweetest, most expensive grapes. For more, we're joined by the BBC's Jack Izzard.
At least four times in the last year, Philadelphia has been taken over by flash mobs made up of massive numbers of teenagers who congregate in one place at the same time. The gatherings are usually coordinated through text messaging, Twitter, or other electronic means. It sounds innocent, (and indeed, most flash mobs are utterly benign) but lately, the gatherings in Philadelphia have taken a violent turn, resulting in injuries and damage to properties and businesses.
Today, the widely anticipated John Cusack/Rob Corddry vehicle, "Hot Tub Time Machine" hits theatres nationwide. As the title suggests, the film centers on a hot tub that transports its characters through time, back to the more innocent year of 1986.
Rafer Guzman, Takeaway movie contributor and Newsday writer talks about the most memorable time travel movies, and why audiences find these tales so compelling.
The Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, are warning people in Gaza and the West Bank to be wary of how they use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. They say Israel is using the personal information people often post to help recruit collaborators.
For the past year, conservatives have coalesced around the number one enemy: health care reform. But now that it's over, we explore what’s next for the GOP. The Tea Party Express III kicks off this weekend and some wonder if that's the future of the Republican party. Is it still possible to be a moderate Republican?
The Obama administration is set to propose a broad package of initiatives to help millions of strained homeowners refinance with new government-backed mortgages with lower payments. The move is meant to help fix the current foreclosure crisis.
After setting ten new world records, juggler David Slick wins our "good week" nod. Two British rowers had a terrible week as their luck ran out and they were eliminated during the last mile of a 2,500-mile rowing race.
A Pentagon official, Michael Furlong, is being investigated for illegally building a network of contractors to work unknowingly as spies, gathering information that was used to track down and kill insurgents in Afghanistan.
New Yorker writer John McPhee joins us for an interview about geology, recollections of his mother and his new collection of personal essays, entitled "Silk Parachute." Click through for an excerpt from the book and our extended interview!
More tragic news from the drug-war torn nation south of our border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. On Saturday, three people with ties to the American consulate were shot and two killed in a drive-by shooting.
Across America, dozens of towns have seen their populations shrink in the past few years. For cities like Detroit or Cleveland, the demographic decline started well before the economic downturn. For others, like Las Vegas, it’s a brand-new phenomenon. Local governments are trying to adjust to the new reality, and some of them are choosing to downsize. The Kansas City Board of Education voted last Wednesday to shut down nearly half its schools due to dwindling enrollment. And last week, Detroit's mayor announced that the city will demolish thousands of its vacant homes.