Alex Hanna is a University of Wisconsin Ph.D. student and teaching assistant right at the center of protests against the education cuts in occurring in the state - he’s even sleeping at the state capitol. While he doesn’t buy the argument that the action is similar to what’s sweeping across the Middle East, he does see a couple of parallels, and he’s a good one to judge: he was also a part of the protests in Egypt.Also in this episode: working at the very first Borders bookstore. And: and update with the owners of the Harry W. Schwartz bookshops.
Teachers and principals are also feeling the effects of a budget pinch. We first spoke with Joyce Irvine back in September. She was the principal who had to give up her job under new federal guidelines for her school to qualify for federal funding. We checked in to see what's happened since.
Mike Bettes, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, arrived in Joplin, Missouri minutes after a devastating tornado hit. Mike began to broadcast live, and in between breaks he checked overturned cars for survivors and surveyed the damage.
Phoebe Judge speaks with writer Alexandra Fuller about growing up in Africa. In Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Fuller captures her fierce, resilient mother, whom she calls "dangerously imaginative."
With Obama's new team getting started in the White House, we look back at the administration of another young president who brought big changes - John F. Kennedy.
Harold Brown was 33 when he was picked to work in that administration. Like other members of Kennedy's so-called "Best and Brightest," Harold was a research prodigy with little to no experience in government.
Ikal Angelei is on a campaign to keep Ethiopia from building a damn near Lake Turkana. If completed, the Gibe 3 Dam would be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa, and would dry up the fisheries used by thousands of people living in the desert around the lake.