December 4, 2013 | NPR · A federal judge has ruled Detroit qualifies for bankruptcy. But the cash-strapped city, laden with roughly $18 billion in long-term debt, faces a long road to regain financial solvency. Unions whose members face pension payment cuts are appealing the ruling, and the ultimate decision about paying the pensions may be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 4, 2013 | NPR · Thousands of protesters in Ukraine continue to occupy Kiev's Maidan square and to prevent the government from functioning after President Victor Yanukovich refused to allow the country to strengthen trade ties with the European Union. Ukraine is under intense Russian pressure to continue aligning itself with a customs union comprising countries of the former Soviet Union.
December 4, 2013 | NPR · Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out.
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.