Thursday, June 13, 2013
Heading into Father's Day this weekend we talk with someone as far away from the cliche father as you can get. In the words of his son, Deni Bechard's Father was absent, even crazy, but he is still a magnificent presence in his own life as a man in his late thirties. Deni Bechard is the author of “Cures for Hunger” and “Vandal Love,” books that are in many ways all about his own relationship with his father.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who provide the sole or primary source of income for the family. In 1960, that figure was 11 percent. Bryce Covert is the Economic Policy Editor at ThinkProgress. She breaks down the Pew Research Center's findings.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Academy Award-winning-actor Geena Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media to improve gender portrayals in children's media. The institute's newest project, in partnership with the Independent Television Service, is a series of short videos titled "Guess Who," which challenge kids' assumptions about gender roles.
Friday, May 17, 2013
In 1984, Christopher Guest and collaborators Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer unveiled "This Is Spinal Tap," a comedy shot in documentary form that follows the life and times of a fictional metal band. Today, television has fully embraced Guest's pioneering documentary style, and Guest himself has turned to the small screen, with his new HBO comedy, "Family Tree."
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Renee Landers, professor of law at Suffolk University in Massachusetts and faculty director for the health and biomedical concentration there, shares her knowledge about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts and how it compares to the health reforms that took place back in 2006.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The immigrant experience has long been part and parcel of the American literary tradition."Americanah," the new novel by celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, explores the immigrant experience through Nigerian eyes. Her story follows a young couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, high school sweethearts in Lagos who find very different paths to adulthood.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Sixteen years ago, producer Joe Richman gave group of teenagers tape recorders and asked them to report on their own lives. Armed with recording equipment, they told their stories, and "Teenage Diaries" -- compelling radio that gave listeners an unexpected lens into the lives of ordinary teens -- was born.
Monday, April 29, 2013
A longtime proponent of stricter gun laws, New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy considers how the effort to push for tougher gun regulations is likely to move forward, after the Senate defeated several proposed gun control measures earlier this month.
Friday, April 26, 2013
We've been talking this week about the importance of getting to know your neighbors. Why is it important to know our neighbors? And how does it help us become a better society? Peter Lovenheim, author of the book "In the Neighborhood," set out to answer those questions in an intensive study of his own neighborhood.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
There's a push to make this Saturday "Neighbor Day." The campaign started here in the US and began long before the Boston bombings. But perhaps now “Neighbor Day” demands closer attention? All this week, we're asking for and sharing stories about your neighbors.