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Friday, August 15, 2014
Approximately 30 million adults in the U.S. are at the low-end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle to read a menu, a pay stub or a bus schedule, and find it challenging to do the most basic math. And for millions of adults, there’s the added challenge of not being able to speak English. In this special from WAMU's Breaking Ground series, host Kavitha Cardoza explores the challenges of America's education system and talks to people who are trying to change their lives for the better.
Friday, August 08, 2014
AK-47s, grenades, water? Earth's most precious resource doesn't fire bullets or explode -- but it is guarded, hoarded, and stolen in a way that ignites political tensions on a local level and an international scale. This month, America Abroad travels to Sub-Saharan Africa and Pakistan to bring you the stories of those caught up in the struggle to secure clean water.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court that removed limits on how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns. Years later, this ruling has become the subject of contentious debate: do we really have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on our own political speech.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Americans, and especially Californians, have had a big dose of severe drought this year. Though it hit the state hard, farmers were the most affected. They continue to worry about the threat the water shortage poses to their multi-million dollar almond, kiwi and walnut crops.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Journalist Matt Power was considered one of the most vibrant, young voices in public radio. His distinct New England timber was calming, and possessed a natural, emotional capacity that went unparalleled. During his career, collaboration with WNYC and The Next Big Thing earned him widespread accolades. But we lost him too early. Power passed away on March 10, 2014 while on assignment in Uganda. In this special from Re:sound, hear some of Power's most distinct and celebrated work.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Research shows that we create stories about our lives and believe them even when they’re not accurate. We depend on stories as the key to understanding and remembering our lives. Stories can make us buy products, remember school lessons, vote for candidates, and go to war. Why do stories have such sway over our beliefs and our behaviors? Why did we evolve to be storytelling animals?
Saturday, July 05, 2014
On this episode of Innovation Hub, celebrate Independence Day by taking a look at great American innovations and how the American dream has changed over time.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
If you showed up on July 6, 1974 at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul to attend the first broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion," you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. Forty years later, "A Prairie Home Companion" has become a public radio mainstay -- and the little town of Lake Wobegon, a national treasure. This weekend, Prairie Home celebrates four decades of storytelling with a live, three-hour broadcast from the stage it first set up shop on so long ago.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Who’s really benefiting from the GI Bill? Why does the U.S. Coast Guard have some explaining to do? How much arsenic in our water is actually safe? There’s always more to the story on this episode of Reveal.
Friday, June 20, 2014
To an economist, tipping is a puzzling behavior – why pay extra when it’s not required? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner looks at why we tip, which factors affect the amount, and whether tipping should perhaps be eliminated altogether. Research shows that African-American servers earn smaller tips than white servers, so there’s an argument to be made that the practice is discriminatory.
Friday, June 20, 2014
In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, host Al Letson explores the role of sports in the lives of young people.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
If you want to get rid of a nasty invasive pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty. But as we’ll hear in this episode of Freakonomics Radio, bounties can backfire. We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Hanoi, and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia. In each case, bounty seekers came up with creative ways to maximize their payoff – and pest populations grew. Host Stephen Dubner talks to Steve Levitt about how incentives don’t always work out the way you’d expect.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
This episode of Freakonomics Radio explores our surprising propensity for spite. We discover the gruesome etymology of the phrase “cut off your nose to spite your face” (it involves medieval nuns). Host Stephen Dubner talks to economist Benedikt Herrmann about “money-burning” lab experiments, in which people often choose to surrender some of their own cash in order to take money away from other participants.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
When Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney typed her name in Google one day, she noticed something strange: an ad with the heading: “Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?” But she had never been arrested -- and neither had the only other Latanya Sweeney in the U.S. So why did the ad suggest so?
Monday, June 16, 2014
Women are different from men, by a lot, in some key areas. For example, the data show that women don’t: drown, edit Wikipedia, commit crime, or file patents at anywhere near the same rate as men do. How else are women different? They have made significant economic gains over the past 30 years and yet they are less happy now.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Interior Alaska can be a forbidding place. Because of its isolation and climate, the region has long attracted people drawn to the challenges and opportunities of a wild, remote place. In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, meet a number of athletes, journalists, scientists, and activists who embody the spirit of Interior Alaska through their grit, determination, and iconoclasm.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a large and politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
For many Americans, Hawai'i is a tropical playground, the place of surf, sun and dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most unique multicultural states in the nation, one still dealing with the complicated legacy of the circumstances under which it become part of this country.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The U.S. has always been a country shaped by migration, dating back to the days of the pioneers making their way West. But recently, this country has been seeing a different kind of migration: one motivated not by economic necessity, but by lifestyle choices. More and more, people are moving to places where they're surrounded by others like themselves.