In “Winter’s Bone” — originally a novel by Daniel Woodrell and now a film by director Debra Granik — 17-year-old Ree Dolly must find her troubled father who has disappeared just as he put up the family’s house as bail. Now the head of the family, Ree bravely starts a dangerous search in order to keep her younger siblings and mother from being turned out into the cold.
As part of his ongoing series of reports making sense of the economy, Paul Solman revisits a Missouri manufacturer that has proven small enough to succeed in the era of “too big to fail.” Continue reading
Facing a $50 million deficit, the Kansas City, Mo., school board voted this week to close 29 of the city’s 61 public schools. Ray Suarez talks to Superintendent John Covington about the board’s decision. Continue reading
Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores Kansas City, Mo., home to one of 12 regional Federal Reserve banks and a crossroads for the U.S. economy.
Chuck Berry is the type of man to pioneer rock n’ roll, give it some of its most iconic anthems, travel the world, and at age 82, still mow his own lawn and drive himself to gigs. He is St. Louis music incarnate: hillbilly sound mixed with the rush of rhythm and blues. And once a month at Blueberry Hill, a nightclub, bar and restaurant in The Loop neighborhood, he can still bring down a full house and make the ladies howl.
To read Carl Phillips to enter a world of finely-wrought poems that explore mind and body, history and intimacy. Phillips is a professor of English and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and a much praised and honored poet.
Congress is expected in the coming months to debate renewing a children’s health insurance program for low-income children. The NewsHour looks at the fight to preserve the program. Continue reading