Latino students now make up almost 25 percent of the country's public school population. But despite their numbers, young Latino readers still aren't seeing themselves in the books they read while at school. It's an issue that Motoko Rich has written about. She reports on education for our partner, The New York Times.
Grappling with months or even years of unemployment, some older Americans are tapping into the one safety net that's meant not to be tapped into: social security. Motoko Rich, national economics reporter for our partner The New York Times, recently profiled 62-year-old Palm Springs resident Clare Keany. Clare lost her job in 2008 and never found a full-time replacement.
Motoko Rich and Todd Zwillich discuss what's in store for the week ahead. On the list: several reports on economic indices, the campaigns' reactions to last week's poor job figures, the fate of Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker, and presidential fundraising in New York City.
It’s been a week of mixed economic news. Gas prices are down; jobless claims are up; pending housing sales are up. While it's been hard to put a finger on whether the recovery is progressing or stumbling, it is clear that as presidential campaigning pushes into full swing, talk about the economy will only grow heated. This may particularly be the case in the 14 states expected to be "swing states" this election: job growth in swing states has been well below the national average for job growth around the rest of the US this past year, and that could be a major cause for concern for President Obama come this November. Motoko Rich, economics reporter for our partner The New York Times explains the latest economic numbers, and what to look for in the months ahead.
With less than a day before the current stopgap budget bill runs out, President Obama met with Congressional leaders to try to prevent a government shutdown. But politicians are not just worried about the fallout a shutdown could have for their 2012 campaign. There is also a worry about the economic ramifications, which would ripple down from Capital Hill to Wall Street and, ultimately, Main Street.
Consumer spending has been up since Christmas but that may change soon. Prices for everything from a new t-shirt to a new dishwasher are expected to go up. This comes on the backs of increases in commodities; prices for cotton, copper, corn are hitting the highest levels in years.
Sarah Palin now stands victorious over a sinister array of dark conspiracies. We’re not talking about the media or liberals, though: Palin’s win is over best-selling author Dan Brown. Her still-unreleased memoir is now number one online. "Going Rogue: An American Life" sits atop the best-seller lists at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Motoko Rich covers the book business for The New York Times, and she tells us how important this is in the publishing world.
As more news stories get reported and updated multiple times a day online, they've made once-daily newspaper deadlines seem quaint. Book publishing, however, is still back in the Dark Ages when it comes to turning around publications quickly. Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and current editor of The Daily Beast, wants to change that by publishing books in electronic and print form in a fraction of the current time it currently takes. We speak to New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who wrote about this in today's New York Times: "Daily Beast Seeks to Publish Faster."
After four years of delay, next Tuesday will see the release of the book "The Lost Symbol," writer Dan Brown's much anticipated follow-up to the "Da Vinci Code." The novel will continue the main story of character Robert Langdon and once again he'll be solving a mystery steeped in art and history this time [SPOILER ALERT!] in Washington, D.C. We speak to Motoko Rich, who covers publishing for our partner the New York Times, about how the release of this book is being seen as a make-or-break moment for the publishing industry during an economic recession.
You can read Motoko Rich's story, "Booksellers anticipate a big week," in the Times.
While newspapers and magazines have lined their pages with details of Bernie Madoff's deceit, the literary world is still trying to cash in on the embezzlement drama. The sixth book on the life and times of the convicted Ponzi schemer hits bookstores today.
The book was penned by Sheryl Weinstein, former CEO of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and one of Madoff’s investors. We speak to Motoko Rich, who covers the publishing industry for The New York Times, along with author and journalist Erin Arvedlund, whose book “Too Good to be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff” just came out this month.