It's the end of the school year, and teachers and students are enjoying some downtime. But some kids won't be going back to school next fall because about a million students drop out every year. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout crisis with teachers from three cities with high dropout rates: Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2, 2012. A judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year.
Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:50 pm
Scientists don't debate the old nature vs. nurture question much these days. The consensus is that there is no winner: Both your genes and your environment shape your development and your health. What's still up in the air is how they combine to put you at risk for diseases or social problems. And that matters for people trying to solve them.
Thousands of demonstrators protest against Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of collective bargaining rights outside the Wisconsin State Capitol March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite the high number of protesters, union membership rates in the U.S. remain near all-time lows.
Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.
Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election probably doesn't tell us much about the state of the presidential campaign. But it probably tells us a lot about the state of American politics.
If you're a progressive or somebody suspicious of corporate power, the message is not good.
Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller greets supporters while marching at the Capitol on March 12, 2011 in Madison. The movement against Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of collective bargaining rights suffered a decisive blow after Walker handily beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker greets supporters at an election-night rally June 5, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Walker defeated his Democrat contender Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall that focused on Walker's curtailment of collective bargaining rights for public unions.