Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour earlier this month indefinitely suspended the lifetime sentence of sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott in state prison. The condition of the sisters' release is that Gladys is required to donate a kidney to Jamie. Host Michel Martin speaks with the Scott Sisters about their newly-granted freedom, how the ordeal has impacted their family and their desire to work with troubled youth.
Howard University is coming under scrutiny for a rigorous academic overhaul proposed by university president Sidney Ribeau. Howard University — one of the nation's top historically black colleges and universities — is proposing slashing or reducing 20 of the university's nearly 200 academic programs. Host Michel Martin talks to Ribeau about his plan and some of the criticism it has drawn.
Massive street protests in Tunisia this month led to the overthrowing of the country's long-ruling dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Similar protests on Tuesday erupted on the streets of Egypt's capital Cairo and other towns around the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Al-Jazeera's Rawya Rageh and Los Angeles Times Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi about the latest from both countries.
Reliance on social security has increased dramatically in Colorado and across the nation. That’s according to a report released today. And it comes at a time when lawmakers are debating how to reform what’s viewed as a broken system.
More than 89 percent of Coloradans of retirement age are tapping into social security. The nonprofit Institute for Women’s Policy Research says nationwide reliance on the benefit for a prime source of retirement income over the past decade has increased 6 percentage points among men and 4 points for women.
"Five people from across the U.K. were arrested early today in connection with a spate of online attacks last month in support of the whistleblowers' site WikiLeaks," The Guardian writes. Three of the suspects are teenagers — ages 15, 16 and 19.
It's a busy week for ski resorts and other snow-dependent industries in Colorado. Just as the Big Air freestyle competition wrapped up in downtown Denver, the annual S-I-A Snow Show got underway today at the Colorado Convention Center.
Howard University, one of the nation's premier black universities, is considering major changes in its curriculum that would eliminate some longstanding majors — German, African Studies — to focus on core areas. This move has made some students and faculty unhappy.
The science crowd is nervous. The President wants to create more jobs, but come this fall, funding for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (what you and I call the "stimulus program") starts to wind down.
After two glorious years, science researchers all over America will face what they are now calling "The Cliff;" to replace their grants from Uncle Sam they're going to have to find new funders, get on their knees and do that thing they've always had to do...umm, what's the word?