"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves."
—Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) British writer, A Room with a View
- 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:24:00 -0500
- Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?
- What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:23:00 -0500
- Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science. The country's top education official says investing in preschool and day care is key.
- Don't Run Out For Caviar Yet, But Wages Are Heading Higher Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:20:00 -0500
- Hourly wage gains of 2.2 percent are exceeding the annual inflation rate, raising hopes that Americans will soon be able to spend more at retailers, car dealers and other businesses.
- CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:03:00 -0500
- Same-sex marriage and the National Security Agency's data gathering are two issues that show the wide divide between conservatives and libertarians.
- Border Patrol To Limit Use Of Deadly Force Against Rock Throwers Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:01:00 -0500
- An independent panel had recommended the restrictions, but the agency refused saying it would put Border Patrols in danger. The chief of the agency said the new policy aims to make agents safer.
- Meet The Spellers Who Broke The Bee Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- After more than five hours, a marathon spelling bee had to be suspended because the organizers ran out of words. Maria Carter of KCUR profiles the two competitors as they prepare to finish the bee.
- U.S. Grave Science Marked By Risk Aversion And Bureacracy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- In part two of a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica, we look at the agency charged with bringing home and identifying the 83,000 American war dead. It's stymied by an extreme aversion to risk.
- Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- The U.S. Border Patrol announced changes to its policies regarding use of deadly force on Friday. It added new guidance for agents when dealing with moving vehicles and people throwing rocks.
- Week In Politics: Ukraine And CPAC Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam of National Review and Reuters. They discuss the U.S. role in Ukraine's ongoing crisis and the latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference.
- February Jobs Numbers Give Some Economists Reason To Smile Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- The February jobs report was better than expected, as employers added 175,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent, though, as people who'd given up on finding work were drawn back.
- Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500
- The only American to medal in biathlon, Army veteran Andy Soule did it with just his arms. Soule and other service members are bringing their speed and precision to the grueling competition in Sochi.
- A Native American Tribe Hopes Digital Currency Boosts Its Sovereignty Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:50:00 -0500
- Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation have made their own digital currency — a sort of Bitcoin. They hope that having their own crypto-currency, called MazaCoin, will strengthen their independence.
- Republicans Point To Reid As A Symbol Of What's Wrong In D.C. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:43:00 -0500
- The Senate Democratic leader's sharp attacks on political opponents have led Republicans to call him "detestable" and a "bully." But not enough Americans know Harry Reid to make him a useful villain.
- Why All This Fuss Over Satoshi Nakamoto Is A Boost For Bitcoin Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:28:00 -0500
- The media frenzy over the alleged founder of Bitcoin appeals to universal human curiosity. Mystery, intrigue, a dash of conspiracy! If that's not enough to turn Bitcoin into a household word, what is?
- Seeking Solutions For Sexual Aggression Against Women In Bars Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:04:00 -0500
- The study finding that men who prey on women in bars don't have to be drunk to behave badly really hit a nerve. So did the notion that if women drink, they're more likely to be targeted.