Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:15 am
In the State of the Union this week, President Obama noted that crime in America is down. "For the first time in 40 years," he said, "the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together."
Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:18 pm
Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:56 am
Facing a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit Tuesday for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class.
After years of recession and war, Obama claimed "the shadow of crisis has passed." In its place, he asserted, is a future marked by "a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production."
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:55 am
In 1973, Burton Malkiel published a very readable guide to investing called A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He didn't rest with the first edition, though. Over the past 42 years â€” as we've lived through bubbles and crashes, scandals and fads â€” Malkiel has returned more than a few times to his seminal Walk.
In fact, this year he plans to release the book's 11th edition.
As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.
The Los Angeles-based band Fitz and the Tantrums has been called a "genre-smashing" group â€” blending retro soul and R&B with indie pop.
Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 4:22 pm
This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for the HMO health care giant Kaiser Permanente in California went on strike.
The strike was organized by the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The union says Kaiser Permanente patients have been the victims of "chronic failure to provide its members with timely, quality mental health care."