Jennifer Ludden http://nhpr.org en Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://nhpr.org/post/outdated-tax-code-gives-some-working-spouses-bad-deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044230/"><em>Ozzie and Harriet</em></a>.<p>When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.<p>"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."<p>That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 46694 at http://nhpr.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal The Lives And Loves Left Behind By Fort Hood Victims http://nhpr.org/post/lives-and-loves-left-behind-fort-hood-victims Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The family of the Fort Hood shooter released a statement today saying Ivan Lopez must not have been in his right mind. The statement asks for prayers for those affected by Wednesday's shooting. This afternoon, Fort Hood Commander Mark Milley identified the three people who were killed. Their families have been speaking out as they mourn their loved ones. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 46228 at http://nhpr.org It's Illegal But People Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay http://nhpr.org/post/its-illegal-people-get-fired-talking-about-their-pay Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The U.S. Senate today will debate why women still earn roughly 80 cents to a man's dollar. Equal pay is a goal of the Paycheck Fairness Act. As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, one part of the bill would ban workplace policies that keep everyone's pay secret.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Yes, experts say people do still get fired or punished for talking about their pay. It may not happen often. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 45962 at http://nhpr.org When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off http://nhpr.org/post/when-planning-future-women-have-been-hands It's a truism in the financial industry that women need to get more out of their money than men since they live longer and make less, especially if they take time out to care for children or aging parents. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 45889 at http://nhpr.org When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement http://nhpr.org/post/rural-appalachia-helps-some-women-save-retirement Anita Wallace has run a day care in her home in rural Athens County, Ohio, for eight years. The schedule is more family-friendly than when she logged 60 hours a week as a manager at Wal-Mart, and the pay is about $27,000 a year — not bad for the area.<p>Wallace adores the children, getting down on the floor to let toddlers snuggle on her shoulder. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 45375 at http://nhpr.org Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home http://nhpr.org/post/efforts-close-achievement-gap-kids-start-home When Andrea Riquetti taught kindergarten in Providence, R.I., the disparity between more affluent students and those from poor families was painfully clear.<p>"We would read <em>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</em>," she says, "and I would ask them, 'What is this fruit?' And they would call all the fruits just 'fruits,' because they didn't have the specific name."<p>Two-thirds of Providence children entering kindergarten already fall short on state literacy tests. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 45202 at http://nhpr.org Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials http://nhpr.org/post/telework-not-just-moms-and-millennials Many people may think of a "remote worker" as a harried mom in her bathrobe or a 20-something at a coffee shop. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 44293 at http://nhpr.org Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? http://nhpr.org/post/push-change-custody-laws-whats-best-kids Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/the-new-male-mystique/">if not more</a>. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 44157 at http://nhpr.org Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It http://nhpr.org/post/going-college-may-cost-you-so-will-skipping-it In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house — leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.<p>Yes, a new study of young people finds. <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2014/02/SDT-higher-ed-FINAL-02-11-2014.pdf">The study, released Tuesday</a> by the Pew Research Center, looks at income and unemployment among young adults. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 43401 at http://nhpr.org Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It Paid Leave Laws Catch On Across the Nation http://nhpr.org/post/more-cities-mandate-paid-sick-leave This month, Rhode Island became the third state in the nation to offer workers paid family leave to care for a loved one. And on Tuesday, Newark, N.J., became the latest in a small wave of cities to mandate paid sick leave.<p><a href="http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Paid-Sick-Leave/3130c9b900f24d288edfa0b4a63be570/1/0" target="_blank">The policies</a> cover both public and private sector workers, and a dozen more areas are considering some variation of them.<p>In New York City, a new paid sick leave law hasn't even taken effect yet, but already Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to expand it. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 42549 at http://nhpr.org Paid Leave Laws Catch On Across the Nation Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die http://nhpr.org/post/malawian-farmers-say-adapt-climate-change-or-die Rain is so important in Malawi's agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called <em>mvula yodzalira</em>, literally "planting rain." For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been predictable, reliable. But not now.<p>In the village of Jasi, in the hot, flat valley of Malawi's Lower Shire, farmer Pensulo Melo says 2010 was a disaster.<p>"I first planted my maize on Nov. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 41052 at http://nhpr.org Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding http://nhpr.org/post/national-treasures-risk-dc-fights-against-flooding The nation's capital is not exactly a beach town. But the cherry-tree-lined Tidal Basin, fed by the Potomac River, laps at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. And, especially since Superstorm Sandy, officials in Washington have a clear idea of what would happen in a worst-case storm scenario.<p>"The water would go across the World War II memorial, come up 17th Street," says Tony Vidal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "And there are actually three spots where the water would come up where we don't have ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 40811 at http://nhpr.org With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? http://nhpr.org/post/can-child-marriages-be-stopped Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.<p>My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.<p>"I was 12 years old when I got married to my husband," she explains softly. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:47:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 39070 at http://nhpr.org Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency http://nhpr.org/post/illinois-files-suit-against-online-adoption-agency The Adoption Network Law Center is based in California, but when someone in Illinois searches "adoption" on the Web, up it pops, right near the top.<p>"They're very specific in directing their advertising and marketing to people in Illinois," says Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, even though they're not licensed in the state. Illinois prohibits for-profit adoption agencies.<p>In fact, Madigan notes the group is not licensed anywhere — yet a huge advertising budget means people searching across the country often find it first. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 37616 at http://nhpr.org Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency Memorials Held For Washington Navy Yard Shooting Victims http://nhpr.org/post/memorials-held-washington-navy-yard-shooting-victims The names of all of the victims of yesterday's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard have now been released. Twelve people, mostly civilian employees of the Navy, were killed when a gunman opened fire in an office building in the complex Monday morning. The shooter also died. Memorials for some of the victims were held across the city Tuesday. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 35147 at http://nhpr.org