On Tuesday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn convicted 54-year-old Nechemya Weberman on 59 counts of sexual abuse. As an unlicensed therapist in the insular Satmar Hasidic community, Weberman worked with young, Orthodox women. Reporter Sharon Otterman has covered the case and its impact. Deborah Feldman was raised in the Satmar Hasidic community, and she describes her decision to leave the Orthodox world in her memoir, "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots."
Actor Brian Cox says today's conversations surrounding debt and fiscal policy help him get into character for his portrayal of the Dickensian Scrooge. Cox will be playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a radio drama of the Christmas Carol tonight.
As the United States teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, Simon Johnson, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, explores America's love affair with debt, our longstanding hatred of taxes, and what lessons we should take from history.
As the bloody conflict in Syria continues, State Department delegates join representatives from 70 nations for a Friends of Syria meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco. With more than 40,000 dead, how will the opposition move forward? Lara Setrakian is a journalist and founder of Syria Deeply, a news website that covers the Syrian civil war.
State and local governments are easily stereotyped as bureaucratic and slow-moving, particularly since the recession and its aftermath forced many states to slash budgets and reduce staff. And yet, even in the aftermath of a recession, some states implement new policies much faster than others. Frederick Boehmke, professor of political science at the University of Iowa, measured state innovation in a new study. He and his co-author declared California the most innovative state, and Mississippi as the least innovative.
Twenty years ago this month, Palestinians and Israelis managed to come together in secret talks that concluded with the Oslo Accords the following September. Ron Pundak served as chief negotiator for Israel throughout the Oslo peace process. He says that when talks began in December 1992, Israelis and Palestinians "never thought it would take so long, or that the hurdles would be so huge."
The vote to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities failed in the Senate yesterday by six votes. In recent years, American lawmakers and judges have become increasingly averse to international law. Gabor Rona, international legal director of Human Rights First, explains America's changing relationship to international law and how international treaties function with — or without — American leadership.
On Monday, Majority Leader John Boehner introduced a $2.2 trillion plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. President Obama and the Democrats are looking to cut $600 billion in spending, with $1.6 trillion in tax increases, primarily through increasing taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations, and Diane Lim, chief economist at the Concord Coalition, analyzes the economic details.
The year of 1965 marked a turning point in American history, as the War in Vietnam escalated, Malcom X was assassinated, and the Civil Rights coalition began to fracture. Brown University historian James T. Patterson describes these developments, and how 1965 changed the course of American history, in "The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America."
More and more critics are saying that gay “conversion therapy” is not only ineffective, but humiliating and psychologically harmful. What will the courts say?
Winston Churchill, British war hero, brilliant military tactician, and prime minister, was a towering figure, an icon of the twentieth century. Historian and author William Manchester set out to publish a three-part biography of Winston Churchill. He wrote the first two in the 1980s, but William Manchester died in 2004. Before his death, Manchester enlisted journalist Paul Reid to finish his lifelong work. The result is "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965."
Broken pledges — that's the story this week in Washington as several Republican lawmakers begin backtracking from a pledge to not raise taxes they signed with Grover Norquist and the Americans for Tax Reform. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has been following the story.
What happens when technology moves faster than the laws that govern it? That’s the major question before courts across the country, as cell phones, and the overwhelming amount of data they hold, become evidence. Peter Swire, professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law who worked on law and privacy issues for Presidents Clinton and Obama, explains how courts should deal with the emails, text messages, and social media accounts found on the cell phones of suspected criminals.
Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, died after a mysterious, month-long illness in a French military hospital, eight years ago. Today French, Swiss, and Russian scientists will exhume Arafat's body in Ramallah.
Was Arafat poisoned? How will Arafat's exhumation affect the tenuous peace in the Middle East? Charles Glass is a Middle East expert, journalist and broadcaster. He discusses the investigation, and Arafat's legacy.
On November 26, 1942, in the midst of World War II, a film called "Casablanca" premiered at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. The movie became an American icon, launching Ingmar Bergman's career and establishing Humphrey Bogart as a romantic lead. Jeanine Basinger, professor of film studies at Wesleyan University, says that the 'Casablanca' team had no idea their film would become such a major part of American film history.
Author and designer Kaylin Andres tackles cancer as comedy in her new comic book, "Terminally 'Illin." At the age of 23, Kaylin was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that usually affects young children. In the midst of chemo and radiation, comedy became her coping mechanism.
Seth Meyers is Saturday Night Live's head writer and host of the show's Weekend Update segment. He explores the comedy behind the 2012 presidential election, and explains why Sarah Palin was a once-in-a-lifetime comedy gold mine.
Every year thousands of soccer balls are donated to the developing world by relief agencies. But they often go flat, so Tim Jahnigen, with the help of Sting and others, created a new type of ball that never wears out or needs a pump.
As Hamas and other groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets into Israel, and the Israeli Defense Forces bomb Gaza, in turn, it's hard to remember that there have been moments of reconciliation, and promises of peace, between Arabs and Israelis. William Quandt, who helped negotiate the Camp David Accords, and Robert Malley, who worked in President Clinton's National Security Council during the Oslo Accords, both have experience negotiating Middle East peace.
Poverty is on the rise in the United States and has been during the last decade, especially among children. Since 2001 child poverty rates have increased by 4.7 percent. Krissy Clark, the senior reporter for Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty Desk, is covering the implications of child poverty in the United States.