President Obama Seeks to Narrow 'War on Terror,' A Closer Look at the IRS Inquiry, Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Members
Friday, May 24, 2013
President Obama Seeks to Narrow 'War on Terror' | What's Next in IRS Inquiry? | The Boy Scouts Vote to Allow Openly Gay Members | Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013 | Oklahoma High School Seniors Graduate in Tornado's Aftermath | Movie Date: 'The Hangover Part III,' 'We Steal Secrets,' 'Fast & Furious 6'
Thursday, May 23, 2013
It’s that time of year, when millions of students around the country sit in cap and gown, through speeches that are meant to inspire, but oftentimes, are simply forgotten. Knowing this, what can a commencement speaker say that’s worthwhile? Award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff, who gave last year's commencement address at Boston College, shares his thoughts.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It's that time of year when new graduates must sit through commencement speeches, some of which will be boring, some of which will be inspiring, and most of which will be very earnest. Renowned financial educator and broadcaster Alvin Hall thinks that maybe they should be a little less earnest.
Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, The Mayor of Oklahoma City, A New Kind of Commencement Speech
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
More than a Weather Man | In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech | The Mayor of Oklahoma City on How His City is Coping | Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception | The DSM and Mental Health in America | Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia
Saturday, May 18, 2013
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
What do you get when you get a college diploma? To hear David Foster Wallace tell it, you get a muscle that will help you forever after — in shopping lines, overcrowded parking lots, in traffic jams. This muscle, he says, frees you when the world gets painfully dull.
Monday, June 25, 2012
By Laura Klein
A middle school teacher in the Bronx writes: What about the awards we don't hand out to students? "How about an award for my student who isn’t the best or the fastest, but who always helps her peers, and is kind when they don’t understand something? Or for the student who brightens everyone’s days with his sense of humor, and his perfect comedic timing in a tense moment? Where do I find the award for the child who has overcome the most this year -- who has been heroic in his or her personal survival?"
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
By Theodoric Meyer : ProPublica
A handful of New York City public schools have netted some famous keynote speakers for their graduation ceremonies, including Steve Madden, the shoe designer, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” the Department of Education announced Wednesday. Here's the list.
Monday, June 18, 2012
By Laura Klein
A Bronx middle-school teacher who blogs about her experiences writes: "My students don’t have it easy. But every year I go to prom, and I see them at graduation. They are happy, looking their best, feeling successful, cheering for themselves and for one another. I see their parents snapping pictures of them, and hugging them, and smiling proudly. And I realize that for many kids, that is a rare occasion." When some of the children can't afford prom and graduation, some people are happy to help, because "feeling for one day that they have done something worth celebrating is a cause worth investing in.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
With the graduation season upon us, we turn to Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major for this Saturday’s cartoon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
By Jim O'Grady
(New York, NY - WNYC) Readers of TN know that transportation is not just a way of life, it is the key to the meaning of life. And now the George Mason University Class of 2012 knows it, too, after listening to a commencement address by National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.
"Congratulations, Patriots," Hersman began, referring to the school's sports teams, before orienting her audience to the intensity of her job as head of the federal agency charged with showing up after a deadly crash and figuring out what happened.
"I have been at 19 major accident scenes and there is nothing - nothing - that makes the point about the importance of family and friends more than seeing how things change in the blink of an eye," she said. "You can send a loved one off on a routine trip and then nothing is ever routine again."
Her conclusion? "Treasure each day ... each moment ... each other."
In case that wasn't sobering enough, Hersman added this statistic: "Since I graduated from high school in 1988, more than 300,000 people have been killed in impaired driving accidents."
She blamed part of the problem on the dangers of distraction. "We've seen what can happen when pilots don't monitor their airspeed, locomotive engineers run a red signal, or drivers are distracted," she said.
Her conclusion? "Life is fleeting and precious. Be present ... be there ... be in the moment."
Avoiding distraction is especially important for transportation professionals, Hersman declared. "Sadly, in our investigations, too many times we see the consequences of tired transportation workers. Pilots who overfly their destinations and don't respond to air traffic controllers, drowsy bus drivers on overnight trips...and more."
She then used a--what else?--transportation metaphor to describe the relentlessness of change. "In transportation, cables and pulleys were replaced by hydraulic systems, and these in turn, are being replaced by electronic sensors," she said. Conclusion: "You can resist change ... or you can embrace it. I recommend the latter."
Hersman wrapped up by describing her main satisfaction as head of the NTSB: "Our work saves lives. It doesn't get any better than that."
She acknowledged that humans have been known to celebrate large achievements, lke graduating from college, with alcohol. Conclusion: "Please make the life-saving choice to designate a driver or take a cab home."
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
May is the start of college graduation season, when the nation’s bright and ambitious college seniors step out into the workforce — or hope to. But last week’s job numbers show job growth is still weak, and many soon-to-be college grads may find themselves dealing with bleak prospects for the time being. Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, is on the last stop of a 21-state bus tour holding roundtable discussions with young people to brainstorm solutions to youth unemployment.
Monday, June 20, 2011
By Beth Fertig
New York City high school students are graduating this month. In our Senior Snapshots series, WNYC profiles a few students who learned what it takes to succeed in school and graduate despite facing numerous challenges.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
2011 College Graduates: Have you been trained to follow your dreams or get practical in a difficult world? And are those incompatible? Are you following advice to follow your passion, make sacrifices for the good of others, or to seek financial security--and are those things compatible? What advice are you following. Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here!