The Obama administration awarded $8 billion in seed money to develop a nationwide, high-speed rail system, but questions remain about whether federal investment in high speed rail is worthwhile. Host Scott Simon talks with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood about the Obama administration's efforts to create a network of high-speed rail systems across the country.
There's a good chance America will eventually look like San Antonio. Demographically, the Texas city is a glimpse into the American future -- a majority Latino community, where English is the language of choice.
The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, is young, photogenic, well-educated and barely speaks Spanish. Yet he may very well be the model of a new kind of Latino leadership.
Originally published on Mon November 29, 2010 7:55 am
Even before Americans had a country, they had a post office. Since its creation in 1775, the post office has been delivering mail and helping knit together a sprawling nation.
But today, the U.S. Postal Service is struggling as its customers migrate to the digital world. Americans are texting, e-mailing, faxing and networking instead of mailing each other paper greetings and documents. As a result, the USPS is seeing its business model crumble. Earlier this month, it reported an $8.5 billion loss in the fiscal year that ended in September.