As summer approaches, parents are debating whether the vacation is for play or more learning. In this weekly parenting segment, host Michel Martin hears from Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood executive director; Elena Silva, Education Sector senior policy director; Connie Schultz, mother and The Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist; and Dani Tucker, Tell Me More's regular parenting contributor.
The U.S. manufacturing industry has added over 140 thousand jobs since January, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. Does this signal a lasting comeback or a fleeting moment of hope? Host Michel Martin speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy about whether there is a manufacturing "renaissance" in the U.S., and what that could mean for the economy.
President Obama will deliver a major speech this week on U.S. policy in the Arab world. With revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, protests in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Libya, the speech comes during dramatic change in the region. Host Michel Martin discusses the speech and implications with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the Daily Star in Beirut, and Hisham Melham, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican from Wisconsin most identified with the controversial GOP proposal to revamp Medicare, has decided against running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl, according to news reports Tuesday morning.
It's also being reported that Tommy Thompson, 69, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bush Administration cabinet member plans to run for the seat.
Jerry Lewis says he'll croon his song, "You'll Never Walk Alone" for the last time this year as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual telethon. He released a statement saying this Labor Day Weekend Telethon will be his last. Lewis will continue to serve as the organization's national chairman.
I won't lie: I started watching The Good Wife because it had Chris Noth and Josh Charles in it. I liked the premise fine — longtime woman-behind-the-man Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) must dust off her law degree and start over in the big city when her husband, State's Attorney Peter Florrick (Noth), goes to prison thanks to a hookers-and-payola scandal. But two of my celebrity boyfriends of long standing on one show? Buntnip.
An organizational change within the American Red Cross is affecting the city of Lexington's public transit service. LexTran has a contract with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross to operate WHEELS, the transportation service for people with disabilities. As LexTran prepares to pass a $24 million budget for the next fiscal year, the Red Cross has said it needs an additional $346,000, pushing the cost of its service past $4 million a year.