Ahead of Father's Day next Sunday, Tell Me More marks the celebration with a series of essays by dads. These men reflect on the joys and challenges of being a father in conventional and unconventional ways. Lester Spence is a married father of five. He's also an assistant professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Spence shares his reflections on fatherhood in the first of this week-long series.
When Barack Obama lands in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, it will be the first time in five decades that a sitting U.S. President has paid the island an official visit. Host Michel Martin speaks with Puerto Rico's Governor Luis Fortuno about his upcoming meeting with President Obama and Puerto Rico's current challenges.
In her weekly 'Can I Just Tell You' commentary, host Michel Martin looks back at tragic events like Hurricane Katrina as times when television provided images of what audiences were afraid to face or even believe. Martin argues that the biggest problems of our times are those we cannot see, like the deficit or corruption that has become routine in financial institutions. Martin says that these problems give passes to the political and entertainment elite while eating away at the financial viability of struggling Americans.
In Haiti, severe storms and mudslides have killed over 20 people, thus tempering enthusiasm of a newly-installed president. There is fear that the start of the hurricane season will increase cholera, a waterborne disease. Host Michel Martin speaks with with The Miami-Herald Tribune's Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles about the situation in Haiti and how humanitarian groups and the country's government are responding.
Historical sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Va. give tourists a peek into a world absent of Internet, television and telephones. These sites are increasingly trying to make visitors think about some of the more complicated moments in history. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Rachel Manteuffel and Greg James, an actor-interpreter who portrays a slave at Colonial Williamsburg.
Four paragraphs into a story in today's Los Angeles Times about the flood of reconstruction money that the U.S. poured into Iraq in 2003 and 2004, and $6.6 billion of it that remains unaccounted for, is this stunner:
Returning from a week-long visit to the Middle East, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., met with leaders from the region and believes there’s a mix of optimism and anxiety across different countries. The congressman was joined by four other Democratic colleagues during the overseas trip and made stops in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank to hear from leaders and citizens who are seeking peace. The group sat down with Egypt’s foreign minister and the Palestinian prime minister to discuss U.S. involvement in the region.
Among the numerous proposals from the White House to fight childhood obesity is one to make school lunches more nutritious. But even if districts are willing to serve healthy food, they’re not always able. Jefferson County Public Schools can spend about one dollar for each student lunch. The district has started sourcing local foods, but can’t put natural, healthy and local food on the menu every day, because one serving of one item may take up more than 80 cents of that dollar.
A new Gallup poll provided more evidence of Mitt Romney's growing strength as frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, boosting the chance that other GOP White House hopefuls will seek to raise doubts about him in voters' minds at their New Hampshire debate Monday evening and beyond.