Fifty years ago, science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov foresaw gadgets that "relieve mankind of tedious jobs" like machines that heat water and prepare coffee. He predicted smartphones — noting we'd be able to see and hear someone we call, and be able to look at photos on the same screen.
President Obama will announce this year how he wants to overhaul operations at the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies. The NSA surveillance activities disclosed by Edward Snowden have been criticized by Congress and others. In the past, reports of intelligence abuses or failures have prompted significant changes.
Scarcity — of time or money-- has a real impact on how we think and behave. A Harvard economist finds there are psychological connections between the bad financial planning of many poor people and the poor time management of busy, urban professionals. In both cases, he finds the experience of scarcity causes biases in the mind that exacerbate problems.
This year promises to bring plenty of political drama — and some high stakes races — with mid-term elections in full view. Billions of dollars will be spent in House, Senate and governors' contests. And some of the nation's most powerful politicians will scramble to hold onto their seats.
Former currency trader John Rusnack committed one of the largest bank frauds in history. He racked up nine figure losses at Baltimore's Allfirst Bank before he got caught and was sent to prison. Five years later, Rusnack was back on the outside franchising a chain of dry cleaners and hiring people who'd also made big mistakes.
Actor Malcolm Jamal Warner may be best known for his role as Theo on The Cosby Show. Now he's starring in a stage production based on the 1967 film, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. In the first of a two-part interview, David Greene talks to Warner about coming of age on The Cosby Show.
In 2010, Central Falls made headlines for firing every high school teacher. The firings were part of a federal program promising big changes at the nation's worst schools. Four years later, there are signs the program is helping, but there are also questions about whether the improvement will last.
As the new Common Core State Standards are rolled out across the country, a growing number of educators and parents say they're worried about the tests being developed and tied to the new, more rigorous standards in reading and math. The test results after all won't just be used to gauge kids progress but to evaluate teachers, rate schools and rank states.
Order cod fish in a restaurant on Cape Cod, and you might assume you were buying local. But the fish that gave the Cape its name are now so depleted that restaurants are serving cod imported from Iceland. Some activists think it's time America developed a taste for the less popular fish still present in the waters off the Cape.
In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.