"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
—Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist
- Scotland's Historic Decision: Should It Stay Or Should It Go? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:38:00 -0400
- Scots went to the polls to vote in a referendum that will decide whether they remain with the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union.
- Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:29:00 -0400
- In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.
- Senate To Vote On Bill To Authorize Arming Syrian Rebels Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:06:26 -0400
- The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn't split down party lines.
- Texas City Unveils Statue Of Innocent Man Who Died In Prison Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:06:00 -0400
- Timothy Cole died in prison in Lubbock, convicted of a rape he didn't commit. The real rapist eventually confessed, but it took years before Cole would be posthumously exonerated.
- Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:06:00 -0400
- Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging people to register is pretty provocative.
- From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:06:00 -0400
- If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste Of The World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.
- House Approves Bill To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:19:00 -0400
- It's the only part of President Obama's strategy for combating the extremist group Islamic State that he's asked Congress to weigh in on.
- Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:00 -0400
- There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
- Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:00 -0400
- Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.
- Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:00 -0400
- President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
- MacArthur Grantee Recognized For Advocacy Of Domestic Workers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:52 -0400
- Among the scientists, artists and academics awarded this year's MacArthur grants is labor organizer Ai-jen Poo. Poo was recognized for her advocacy of domestic workers: housekeepers, nannies and other caregivers who are often underpaid and not protected by labor law. Robert Siegel talks with her about her work.
- Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.
- A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.
- Homeless Vet's Story Illustrates Challenge In Getting Off The Street Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. We profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street.
- On Second Thought, Vikings Put Adrian Peterson On Exempt List Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday that they will place star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt list until his legal troubles are resolved. Peterson was indicted by a grand jury for reckless and negligent injury to a child after whipping his son with a switch.