With soaring tuition costs, students and parents across the country are wondering how they will pay for college — except for those in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The district's superintendent and one of its students explain how free college tuition has changed test scores, dropout rates, and more.
The Takeaway speaks with the former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, at the eighth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.
With the presidential campaign in full swing, issues like immigration, gun control, and education are being discussed on a national stage, and Arizona is inevitably a key part of that conversation. But according to author Jeff Biggers, Arizona is a better representative of where the country's been than where it's going.
The United Nations General Assembly convenes here in New York just as a a set of disturbing developements has emerged in the Middle East. Will these reverse some of the hopeful trends we have seen in the region over the past two years?
Two years ago today the education reform documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’” opened in theaters in New York in Los Angeles. The movie reignited a national debate about education reform, and it introduced many Americans to charismatic DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. Two years later, Rhee is no longer in charge of DC schools, but she remains one of education reform’s most controversial figures.
Unrest in the Middle East has been a political and foreign policy setback for President Obama. Eric Schmitt, who covers terrorism and national security for The New York Times, explains.
A new area of study looks at how the genetic inheritance of expecting fathers can affect their offspring. The research shows that not only do unhealthy living and other lifestyle factors affect the quality of the sperm, they also affect the health of their unborn children.
As the host of CNN's State of the Union and the network's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley has made a career of holding politicians accountable. A new challenge awaits her this political season: On Tuesday, October 16, Crowley will moderate the second presidential debate.
Protests sparked by an American-made video mocking the Prophet Mohammad are expected to intensify across Pakistan. Ansar Abbasi, Pakistani journalist, explains why this video has angered so many Pakistanis. Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic studies at American University and Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom, describes the impact this could have on U.S.-Pakistan relations.
Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer discuss "Trouble With The Curve," a film that revives the debate presented in last year’s hit “Moneyball,” with a professional baseball scout. Which method — scouts or stats — is truly superior?
David Simon and Eric Overmeyer, co-creators of "Treme," have been working for years now to figure out how to tell the story of New Orleans in a way that isn't voyeuristic or cliched. The HBO series begins its third season this Sunday, and the show is evolving in its portrayal of post-Katrina New Orleans.
The BBC's Dan Damon is in Ohio this week for an in-depth look at the Midwest perspective on President Obama and Mitt Romney. This year, Ohioans are also in the midst of a contentious Senate race. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the shifting Ohio race, and looks at close Senate races across the country.
Reed Kroloff is no stranger to cities that are in need of a rebirth. As dean of architecture at Tulane University, he was responsible for bringing back 97 percent of the school's student body after Hurricane Katrina. This week, Kroloff is a part of the second annual Detroit Design Festival. He explains why he thinks that the Motor City could be the next design mecca.
France is closing its schools, consulates, cultural centers and embassies in 20 countries tomorrow amid fears of a new wave of violence in the Middle East over satirical depictions of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. Benjamin Abtan, president for the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, describes how the issue is unfolding in Paris.
Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter at WGBH, Boston Public Radio, tells the story of how Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, may have gained financially from the American auto bailout he has long opposed.
In Massachusetts, a controversial ballot measure has secular and religious communities alike taking sides. If passed, the measure would allow for physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Tim Kutzmark, Unitarian-Universalist reverend, was once opposed to assisted-suicide. But after watching death up close, he's changed his mind.
Late Monday, Mother Jones released video surreptitiously shot during a fundraiser for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in May. Romney’s team response was swift, but he stood by those remarks. What are independent voters saying in response?
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under sharp attacks from his opponents on the left, after a video leaked this week in which Romney referred to 47 percent of Americans as "victims," who are dependent of the government.
At the age of 18, Damien Echols was wrongfully convicted of murder, along with two other teenagers, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. He was finally released, along with Baldwin and Misskelley, on a plea bargain last August. He shares his story in his new memoir, “Life After Death.”
In Vienna, one of the biggest fraud cases relating to the trade in rare musical instruments in underway. At the heart of the drama is a prominent dealer named Dietmar Machold — widely considered to be a world expert in rare and highly-prized Stradivarius violins. Bethany Bell, a reporter for the BBC based in Vienna, explains.