Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner arrives at his weekly news conference December 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill.
What It Means to Be a Woman with a Gun | Fiscal Cliff: What's Plan C? | A New Version of Hamlet: You Pick the Ending | Revamping Shakespeare | New Evolutionary Theory Suggests Distinct Human Species Coexisted
A recent Gallop poll proves that it’s not just men who are buying guns. Gun ownership among women is at an all time high – 43 percent report having a gun in their home. That’s not far off from the 52 percent of men who claim household gun ownership. Jessica Gonzalez and author Porochista Khakpour discuss what it means to be a woman with a gun.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have just eleven days to strike a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. Yesterday, House Republicans failed to reach a vote on Speaker Boehner's "Plan B," while Senate Democrats promised to reject the proposal. Christina Bellantoni, political editor for PBS NewsHour, explains how the two sides might come together, and whether the President and Speaker Boehner have another plan in the works.
On what would have been Frank Zappa's 72nd birthday, his estate, The Zappa Family Trust, will sell copies of the master recordings of "Roxy by Proxy," an unreleased show from 1974. For $1,000, fans can purchase the music, liner notes and artwork. Gail Zappa, wife the late musician and the executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, explains the unconventional move.
What if Shakespeare's "Hamlet" could end any way you please? In a new book that's become the most successful Kickstarter publishing campaign ever, it can. Web cartoonist Ryan North discusses his new comic creation, "To Be or Not to Be: That is the Adventure."
It’s not hard to see why web cartoonist Ryan North’s new choose-your-own adventure version of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" has quickly gained popularity among the digital set. But what do Shakespeare scholars make of re-purposing the bard’s work this way? Anya Saffir, theater director and instructor at the Atlantic Acting School, assesses the project.
In the last four decades, however, many new evolutionary theories have been created and revised. The "Out of Africa" theory, for example, maintains that humans emerged rapidly in one small part of Africa and then spread to replace all other humans within and outside the continent. Chris Stringer has a theory of his own. His new book, "Lone Survivors: How We Came to be The Only Humans on Earth" suggests that distinct humans coexisted and competed across the African continent, exchanging genes, tools and behavioral strategies.