When people think of music as art they may think of a piano sonata by Mozart or a thrilling piece of be-bop by Charlie Parker, but a new documentary suggests that the title of "art" should also be bestowed on hip hop. Legendary rapper Ice T is the director of a new film called "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," which opens in limited release today.
Today, fewer than three in ten American teenagers are able to find summer jobs. These figures have fallen off particularly quickly since 2000, and the number of 16- to 19-year-olds at work is at its lowest since World War II. Older workers, immigrants, and young college grads are now taking the low-level work formerly filled by America’s teenagers, and economists have suggested that this change might be permanent.
We talk a lot about economic indicators on our show; from what the sales of Big Macs say about the economy to how gas prices are reflected in our frequency of driving. But today, we’re looking at the economy from a slightly different perspective: from the tree-tops, both literally and figuratively.
The daily paper: it used to be an American institution. But over the past few years, more and more towns and cities have been reducing their circulation. And beginning this fall, the largest city yet will no longer have their major daily. Yesterday, over 200 staff members there received their pink slips from New Orleans paper the Times-Picayune.
If you’re a driver on the Stanford University campus in California, you might just win some money these days for driving during off-peak hours as part of a new program that launched this spring. The program is called CAPRI, for Congestion and Parking Relief Incentives.
Back in February The Brian Lehrer Show, which appears on our co-producing station WNYC, began a series. It was called “The End of War,” and it featured conversations about whether or not war is inevitable. On the last day of the series, we’re talking with host Brian Lehrer and John Horgan, the author of “The End of War,” the book that inspired the series.
Yesterday, UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, announced that it would keep in place several consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 affordable care act, regardless of whether the statue is upheld by the Supreme Court. Is the company’s plan incredibly generous? Will it change the healthcare playing field?
Thirty years ago this month, against the backdrop of a suffering American auto industry, and a growing Japanese one, a young Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white auto workers. Neither was found guilty of murder or served any jail time. The case galvanized the Asian American civil rights movement and introduced many Americans to the notion of hate crimes before U.S. hate crime laws existed.
This week, Kristen and Rafer watch Prometheus, the long-awaited prequel to the Alien franchise. Original director Ridley Scott leads us on a eerie journey in his latest space opera, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Can this latest flick satisfy the fan boys? Listen to the podcast to find out.
In February, 18-year-old Daniela Pelaez, the valedictorian of her graduating class, was almost deported. Her family moved to the United States from Colombia when she was four years old, and they stayed in the country after their visas expired. Now Dartmouth-bound, Pelaez is advocating for a bill to keep students in similar situations to hers in the country. The bill is called the Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status Act, or STARS.
This week, Kristen and Rafer watch another Snow White reboot. First-time director Rupert Sanders brings us the dark and shadowy "Show White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron as Ravenna and Bella Swa—er, Kristen Stewart as Snow White. Is this the fairest date of them all? Listen to the podcast to find out.
This week’s big release is “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame, and Charlize Theron as her wicked stepmother. Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, our Movie Date team, break down what to see and what to skip.
At age 18, an American is old enough to fight, and die, for his or her country, but not old enough to buy a beer. At age 16, one can obtain a driver’s license, but not rent a car. And at age 17, one can get married in some states, but not in others. When, exactly, is a kid no longer a kid? When does childhood end and adulthood begin?
The semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee begin today. And who better to talk through it all than 1999 champion Nupur Lala? Nupur won the bee with the word “logorrhea,” which means “the excessive use of words.” Her journey to the top was documented in the Oscar-nominated film “Spellbound.”
Does technology hurt a child's character development? Psychotherapist Sheri Noga believes there are potentially negative sides. As she sees it, today’s technology amplifies the mindset of immediate gratification; and that can be bad for children, parents and the world.
No doubt, from time to time, every working person has wanted to scream, “take this job and shove it.” What if you could keep your job, and give your boss the boot instead?
Just over a year after the release of his Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson returns to the topic of the 2008 financial crisis with his latest book “Predator Nation.”
Over the course of its short life, Twitter has been many things to many people… from not-so-personal diary to celebrity sounding board; from advertising platform to political tool for the collective masses. And now, Twitter can add one more title to its list of uses: Literary device for Pulitzer Prize winners. Beginning last Thursday night, the New Yorker began publishing Jennifer Egan’s new short story “Black Box,” one tweet at a time.
This year's Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up last night, and Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of TheWrap.com, was there. She reviews this year's biggest films and oddest happenings.
It’s Memorial Day, a day that Americans often conflate with Veterans Day. Just to clarify: Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day, was founded just after the Civil War; Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was founded after World War I. Veterans Day is in November; Memorial Day, of course, is the last Monday in May. Kenneth C. Davis, author "Don't Know Much About History," gives a more comprehensive history of the origins and evolution of Memorial Day.