December 5, 2013 | NPR · Workers and advocates for higher minimum wages will be staging protests at fast-food restaurants and major retailers on Thursday. They want these companies to significantly raise the wages for their lowest paid workers. So what would happen, if for example, McDonald's raised its lowest wage to $15 an hour? In some cases, that would double the pay workers get now.
December 5, 2013 | NPR · David Greene talks to writer Gabriel Thompson about his experiences as a holiday temp worker at a fulfillment center warehouse. Thompson wrote about his experience for the magazine The Nation.
December 4, 2013 | NPR · Railroads are increasingly becoming the preferred means of shipping the masses of oil being produced in North Dakota and surrounding states. The railroad industry is eager to fill in for the lack of pipeline capacity. But some say the train growth needs to slow down.
December 4, 2013 | NPR · Public pensions are at risk in both Illinois and in the city of Detroit. In Illinois Tuesday the legislature passed a pension reform bill cutting benefits for retirees. And, also Tuesday, a federal judge gave Detroit the go ahead to slash is public pension and healthcare benefits. Are these examples models for other states and cities with huge budget problems? Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, told Robert Siegel that, in fact, Detroit's pension benefits were relatively well funded and were not the primary budget problem.
November 30, 2013 | KPBS · Science isn't known as a career field that attracts showboats. But academics must give seminars, pharmaceutical researchers present results, and graduate students defend their work. In San Diego, one of the country's science hubs, a group aims to teach scientists the art of small talk and public speaking.
December 1, 2013 | NPR · An imposing 16th century stone tomb for the Mogul emperor Humayun has been restored after six years of work. The mausoleum, which had fallen into disrepair, became India's most ambitious heritage conservation project.
Jun 15, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie, and Hillary Clinton's message to Africa. In the second hour, how to be a traveler, not a tourist, and fallout from a fake lesbian blogger.