A reader asks how a society manages to move past a seemingly endless cycle of discrimination.
As the country’s unemployment rate lingers just below 10 percent, many Americans continue to struggle with joblessness, tight finances, and underemployment. Need to Know’s Friday broadcast highlights a few of these stories of people — some just starting out in the work force, and some who have been a part of it for decades — [...]
Pitches of the week: Businesses and public education, polling transparency, epigenomes and the food supply
Education has proven to be a popular issue among Need to Know fans — the Pitch Room conversation over the economics of higher education sparked a lengthy, intriguing conversation, and the NTK staff has been keeping up with some of the uncertain new frontiers in the country’s educational system (Alison Stewart weighed in on Tuesday’s [...]
Last week, a PBS Facebook fan by the name of Kat popped a question in our Pitch Room: “I’d like to investigate why people don’t/won’t change their behavior concerning energy conservation, reducing consumption, recycling, detoxing their homes, etc. Is it some form of denial? Blame the Other? Why do we continue to ruin our environment?” [...]
In Pakistan’s Swat valley, the aftermath of a violent Taliban invasion and army counter-offensive was interrupted by even more destructive devastation from this summer’s massive floods. Tomas van Houtryve’s haunting video and photo slideshow documents the valley’s efforts to find refuge while still stockpiling weaponry and ammunition.
One of our biggest stories from last week — which we covered in two articles and a podcast with Michael Mann, the “Climategate” scientist who was the target of a (now dismissed) fraud probe by the Virginia attorney general’s office — came directly from a Pitch Room suggestion! So keep the ideas and the feedback [...]