Friday, September 20, 2013
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The poverty rate is up and the income gap is widening. Greg David of the CUNY Journalism School discusses new numbers on inequality. Plus: the politics of the budget fight over Obamacare; economist Emily Oster on her new book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, the links between the video game industry and the military; and the August Wilson Cycle.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Saturday, June 08, 2013
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Say you meet a teenager. She’s 16, and she’s dropped out of school. Now, she’s pregnant, due in a few months. She’s on her own, as her boyfriend disappeared when news of the baby came out. She doesn’t have a job, and is hoping her mom won’t kick her out of the house. What would your expectations for her be?
If you’re in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the answer to those questions might be very different from the predictable one of hopelessness and dim futures. That’s because Holyoke is home to the Care Center, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens who’ve dropped out of high school.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Teen mothers are speaking out about a city-funded ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy. The ad has drawn fire from groups that work with pregnant teens who say it unfairly stigmatizes poor and minority girls.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Mother's day is nigh. Sort of. Anyway, without knowing it, you might have already given your mom a pretty lasting gift. But whether it helps or hurts her, or both, is still an open question. In this Radiolab short, Robert updates us on the science of fetal cells -- one of the first topics he covered as an NPR science correspondent.
Friday, March 23, 2012
A new report says women living on Native American reservations face major obstacles to accessing Plan B emergency contraception. The report also criticizes the Indian Health Service for not implementing standard policies and protocols dealing with sexual assault and rape. Joining us is the co-author of the report, Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.
Friday, January 06, 2012
In a presentation to the American Association of Law Schools on Thursday, Jeannette Cox, an associate professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, argued that pregnancy comes with physical limitations on par with conditions now protected under a new amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These include the inability to do prolonged lifting, sitting, standing or walking or driving. While some are outraged by the assertion, Cox sees it as a way for women to get more legal protections at their workplace.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
It was supposed to help pregnant women deal with their morning sickness. But when the women who took thalidomide gave birth they were confronted with a horror story. Children were born with a birth defects and other problems that could be fatal. It was 50 years ago the drug Thalidomide was withdrawn after it became clear it was causing serious and sometimes fatal harm to the unborn babies of thousands of women in Europe and around the world.
Monday, October 04, 2010
An emerging field of science known as fetal origins claims that conditions in the womb before birth can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for the health and well-being of the adults those fetuses become. The latest scientific research suggests that prenatal influences — including a woman’s exposure to environmental toxins during her pregnancy, her stress levels and diet — can affect the health of future generations.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Amy Julia Becker is like a lot of mothers in America. She’s in her early thirties. She’s married. She has two kids, and a third on the way.
But here’s where she might be considered slightly different: of her two children, one has Down Syndrome. And when it comes to her current pregnancy, she and her husband have decided NOT to have the fetus screened for Down Syndrome.