Jamaican pride is spreading faster than, well, a 100-meter dash. On Sunday the world watched as Jamaican-born sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake competed for gold and the title of fastest man in the world. Today also marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence.
In a reality television scene dominated by “Jersey Shore” and “The Bachelor,” Sundance’s new series “Push Girls,” breaks the mold. “Push Girls” follows four disabled friends as they navigate work, relationships, and everyday activities from the view of a wheelchair. Two stars of "Push Girls," Angela Rockwood and Tiphany Adams, discuss their new show.
This week, Kristen and Rafer watch Prometheus, the long-awaited prequel to the Alien franchise. Original director Ridley Scott leads us on a eerie journey in his latest space opera, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Can this latest flick satisfy the fan boys? Listen to the podcast to find out.
As the saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas." In her new book, "As Texas Goes...," Gail Collins, author and op-ed columnist for our partner The New York Times, discovers that this statement also applies to the Lonestar State's influence on American politics.
To be a fly on the wall in The White House Situation Room. To watch as President Obama and his cabinet await news on Osama Bin Laden's compound raid, or plan a cyber attack on Iranian nuclear facilities — an attack which went terribly wrong. David E. Sanger chronicles these events in his new book, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power."
Gay rights have come a long way in America. From the Stonewall uprising in 60s Greenwich Village — where gay patrons refused to leave a bar raided by police — to Obama's historic declaration supporting same sex marriage last month, gay causes have moved from the underground to the front page. Attorney, pundit and author Linda Hirshman discusses this and more in her new book "Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution."
Yan Zhang is now in very accomplished literary company. The 17-year-old writer was recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for her writings on how she coped with her grandfather's death. Past winners of the contest include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates.
Few on our planet know what it might take to launch civilians into space, and Mae Jemison is one of them. Jemison famously became the first black woman to travel in space when she boarded the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Today, she’s helped found the Dorothy Jemison Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating a space program for civilians within the next 100 years.
In study after study, we’re told that the economic recovery is real. But tell that to unemployed Americans over 55. More than half of jobless seniors, about 1.1 million people, have been unemployed for more than six months, up from 23 percent four years ago, according to a government report released last week. But these aren’t just numbers — they’re people all over the country.
In cases of extreme grief, the American Psychiatric Association is putting forth a recommendation that would, for the first time, give guidelines for a diagnosis of bereavement-related depression. The change would appear in the DSM-5 — the APA’s diagnostic manual — which is set to come out in 2013. Journalist Jerry Adler wrote about this subject in connection with the death of his son for New York Magazine. Jerome C. Wakefield, is a professor in the School of Social Work at New York University.
Richard Tisei is running to represent Massachusetts' 6th congressional district, against Democratic incumbent, John Tierney. If he's successful, Tisai will be the first gay Republican to be elected to the House of Representatives and to have come before an election.
Just as our views of war in general have changed, so has our relationship with our soldiers and our veterans. James Wright is a former marine, the former president of Dartmouth College, and the author of “Those Who Have Borne The Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them.”
A mother embarks on a journey with her five-year-old daughter to scale all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000-foot peaks, and discovers climbing is an invaluable teaching tool for instilling independence and self-determination. Patricia Ellis Herr chronicles these adventures with her daughter Alex Herr in her book, "Up: A Mother And Daughter's Peakbragging Adventure."
Last week, we talked with Madeleine Albright about her life, and her discovery in adulthood that she was Jewish. We asked our listeners: Have you ever discovered a secret about your family or identity? We received a lot of responses, including one from Loren Levinson. She was adopted when she was a baby and raised her whole life in a Jewish household. But when she tracked down her birth parents as an adult, she discovered that her paternal ancestry was Muslim and that her birth mother is a born-again Christian.
The Trayvon Martin case caught national attention after the release of the 911 calls George Zimmerman made to police just before the shooting. Those recordings have played a major role in shaping public opinion, throwing into doubt whether Zimmerman will get a fair trial. Sonny Brasfield is executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. He helped draft the 2010 legislation that made Alabama the first state to bar the release of 911 recordings. Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic and contributing editor at The Atlantic.
Recent films "The Hunger Games" and "Bully" have faced struggles over how they should be rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. In the end, "The Hunger Games" received a PG-13 rating, while "Bully" received an R rating. But not everyone thinks these ratings make sense. David Long and his wife Tina Long appear in the film "Bully," in place of their son Tyler, who couldn't. After years of bullying, Tyler killed himself at the age of 17. Rafer Guzman is a film critic for Newsday and co-host of the Movie Date Podcast.
What is the source of our greatest regrets? And how do we move beyond them? Neal Roese, professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, joins the program to continue our conversation on regret.
Afghanistan will be paying close attention to the judicial proceedings of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the soldier accused in a deadly shooting rampage who will be formally charged with 17 counts of murder later today. In other headlines, a rally was held in Sanford, Florida, last night where the shooting of teenager Trayvon Marton took place, UN envoy Kofi Annan heads to Russia and China for Syrian peace talks, and Bank of America launches a pilot program to help homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage.
Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will be formally charged today with 17 counts of murder in connection with a nighttime attack earlier this month on Afghan civilians. In other headlines, a Florida special prosecutor is taking over the state's investigation into the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, counter-terrorism officials can now retain information about U.S. residents for up to five years, and autopsy results from Whitney Houston's death reveal the cause of her death to be drowning.
In the past few weeks we've seen the power of a single person wielding only the weapons he could carry: in Toulouse, France, in a village in Afghanistan, in a peaceful gated community in Florida. In our age of instant communication a single armed person IS an entire army, with a power sometimes greater than that of a traditional army. In an audio essay, John Hockenberry talks about lone gunmen.