Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day—a multi-state holiday designed to honor the Chavez's service to the community—Dolores Huerta joins The Takeaway to reflect on the era the work of Chavez and what still needs to be done for farm workers and other laborers in this country.
The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom.
With a database of more than 3 million people, a new online service maps your connections to the rich and famous, no matter how distant.
Also on Today's Show The Russian economy is nowhere near as strong as it once ways. A decade ago, the Russian economy was growing at a rate of 7 percent a year, but in 2013, it grew by just 1.3 percent...On April 12, 50 dancers in Miami and around 1,500 more from 30 states around the country will come together for a "water dance," a project to draw attention to water issues around the country...
This weekend, the big budget biblical adventure "Noah" hits the big screen. The biblical film isn't new, but these movies raise questions about Hollywood's fascination with The Bible. Do biblical movies bring non-believers back into the fold? Do they challenge us to think a little differently? We explore these questions with Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, and Krista Tippett, the host of the public radio program On Being.
In a push for workplace efficiency, are we losing the human expertise and interactions that fuel new ideas? In his new book, "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans," Simon Head, associate fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, argues that large-scale computer business systems are actually making us dumber.
Yesterday President Barack Obama promised to use the U.S. military to protect NATO nations against outside threats. "History has a funny way of moving in twists and turns, and not just in a straight line," he said. History also tends to repeat itself, as Margaret MacMillan, professor of history at Oxford University, knows well. She reflects on the fateful summer of 1914 and compares that century-old conflict to the current issues facing the West and Russia.
Did you know the first computer programmer ever was a woman? Yet in recent decades, things have changed—today, men far outnumber women in computer science majors. Nowadays, only about 10 percent of computer science majors are women but that wasn't always the case. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi spoke to professors and students about why more women don't pursue computer science majors and how we can change that.
It's day four in the rescue effort to find survivors after a mudslide devastated a community in Washington State. Residents are crying out for stability in the wake of this unfolding tragedy that has left many missing and at least 14 people dead. Ed Ronco, Morning Edition host and producer for KPLU in Seattle, weighs in on the rescue and recovery efforts and the way forward for Washington.
As of March 17th, over five million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Eric Sturgis, a 47-year-old business owner from Tacoma, WA, tried to sign up at Healthcare.gov but, because of tech issues, he's still in limbo. Others like Chad Lindsey, a 31-year-old from Arlington, TX, say it's cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for insurance because his deductible is so high.
Also on Today's Show Last week, Transnistria’s leaders asked Russia’s parliament to consider its request to join the Russian Federation...With less than a week left for Americans to enroll in a healthcare plan, Oregon is still struggling with what's been dubbed "the nation's worst Obamacare site."...Hundreds of protesters marched on the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on Tuesday against what they call a cover-up and mishandling of the disaster by Malaysian authorities.
Can you work for one of the world's largest oil companies and still advance the causes of climate change and human rights? Former BP Oil employee Christine Bader says yes. In fact, nowadays she says that there is a whole army of corporate idealists working to fight the good fight to prevent the next Deepwater Horizon explosion—all from within the corporate world.
The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case that will determine whether for-profit corporations must provide insurance coverage for contraception.
Drunken antics and foiled romance mark Williams’ campus story that sat on a shelf for years. But its new publisher says it showed signs of the genius to come.
Today Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there was no longer any doubt about Flight 370 — according to satellite data, the plane flew south into remote waters in the Indian Ocean and could not have landed safely.
Also on Today's Show In Washington State, a tragedy is unfolding after a mudslide destroyed close to 30 homes, killed at least eight people and obliterated a rural neighborhood...A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of oil collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as 168,000 gallons from the barge.
Though some sanctions have already been put in place against Russia, some U.S. officials believe the political and economic consequences are not yet bold enough to counter the Kremlin's ambitions.
According to state regulators, Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. Michael Biesecker, a reporter for the Associated Press who's been following this story, and Kemp Burdette, a river keeper and executive director of Cape Fear River Watch, explain how the nation's largest electricity company got away with the illegal dumping for months.
A collision between reproductive technology and child custody laws led to a legal battle back in the 1980s that got the attention of the world. It's the case of "Baby M," an infant who sparked one of the earliest legal struggles over surrogacy. The surrogacy business has grown, but the law has not kept up. And that’s created a lot of confusion as well as a lot of families. Jill Rosenbaum, Retro Report producer, explains.
At West Brooklyn Community High School in New York City, the focus is on getting chronically truant students back on track by surrounding them with adults who care about their success. WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan, has been following the path of one West Brooklyn student named Paula. Paula began her journey as an angry, difficult freshman with a habit of cutting class. But after transferring to West Brooklyn her attitude began to change.