Is saving money during the holidays smart or Scrooge-ish? Is shopping a way of forging social bonds and expressing your freedom or is it giving in to crass commercialism? Following the lessons of some "economist Christmas carols," economics correspondent Paul Solman weighs the economic and social theories of both sides. Continue reading
American shoppers flocked to stores to take advantage of deals on Black Friday, led by Apple’s one-day sale and stores like Toys R Us, Target, and Best Buy that all chose to open Thursday night to extend their hours. Continue reading
The nation celebrated Independence Day Wednesday with fireworks shows in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Houston.
As part of the PBS series “God in America,” Ray Suarez looks at what Americans know and don’t know about religion and each other. Continue reading
While millions of Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at home, thousands of U.S. troops are spending it in Afghanistan and beyond. Kwame Holman reports. Continue reading
Poet Galway Kinnell reads "Why Regret?" a poem from his new book about "engaging ourselves with the common acts, the ordinary things, the other creatures." Continue reading