In her new book, author Helen Thorpe tells the tales of three female National Guard members, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thorpe traces their stories: from their expectations joining the Guard before 9/11, to their experiences going off to war, and then troubles on the home front.
Helen Thorpe - journalist and author from Denver, CO. Her most recent book is "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War."
From the early days of counting houses, when office jobs were looked down on but were still considered a refuge from factory work, to the modern day cubicle. We talk with author Nikil Saval about his new book "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace." (This show was originally broadcast on 7/2/14)
Nikil Saval-an editor of n + 1, a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics. "Cubed" is his first book.
We’re looking at some of the top stories of the week: after a summer of protests, Arthur T. returns and a Market Basket deal is signed; primary politics heat up, as the state Republican and Democratic parties file dueling campaign finance complaints in the Governor’s race; and Plymouth State University joins those institutions no longer requiring applicants submit SAT scores.
This supermarket standoff has attracted national attention for its unlikely coalition of customers, workers, managers, and suppliers organizing against top executives, while traditional unions have been on the sidelines. We're looking at how these events fit into the changing landscape of organized labor, and where unions may be headed next.
As college costs soar, many see a more vocational higher education as the best way to make the price tag worth it. Others, though, argue in favor of a broad-based education based on critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, rather than strict job preparation. We’re sitting down with Wesleyan University President Michael Roth about his new book "Beyond the University: Why A Liberal Education Matters."
There’s a lot of concern these days that an ethic of winning at all costs, promoted by over-zealous parents or coaches, is ruining youth athletics. And kids are paying the price, from sports injuries at ever-younger ages, to constant practice that cuts into family time. But now, some adults are crying “foul” and calling for change.
GOP primaries for governor and congress heat up as the September primary nears, civil liberties advocates sue the town of Hudson on behalf of local panhandlers, and Rochester couple Diane and John Foley call their son, war reporter James Foley, a “martyr for freedom” after his grisly killing by Islamic extremists.
As computers and robotic machinery grow more sophisticated, there are concerns that automation is making it harder for human workers to compete. But others say robotic workers will lead to better jobs, more productivity, and even an age of leisure for humans. We’ll hear from the experts on how the rise of the robot may change the face of the workforce.
At the beginning of today's show, we checked in with the AP's northern New England correspondent, Rik Stevens. He has been covering the video released yesterday showing James Foley's beheading. (digital post by Faith Meixell)
From Iraq to immigration, President Obama has come under criticism lately for ineffectual leadership. But from declining public approval, to a propensity for congressional gridlock, second presidential terms have long been plagued by such perceptions. We’re looking at President Obama’s second term -- the ways our political system limits what he can do and how the media covers this office.
We get the scoop on H.D.S. Greenway’s fifty years as a correspondent covering conflicts -- from Vietnam to the Balkans, Pakistan to Gaza, and Iraq to Afghanistan. Greenway’s new memoir includes many larger-than-life tales, including shouting his stories over patchy phone lines to get the news out and suffering shrapnel wounds during the Tet Offensive.
We're covering the top stories of the week: the saga of market basket continues as the deadline for employees to return to work is imminent and the hint of a deal between the Arthur S and Arthur T DeMoulas factions could happen very soon, and lots of political activity in the races for Senator, Congress and Governor begin to heat up in advance of the fall elections.
A study from Dartmouth suggests teens who play certain games are more likely to develop what one researcher calls a “warped moral compass.” But others argue singling out one form of entertainment is over-simplified and ignores other factors.