FROM Emily Dowdall
What Are the Benefits and Risks of Closing Public Schools? Public schools have been closing in major American cities — New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland, and most recently in Chicago , where parents and teachers took to the streets. School closings are especially problematic in poor neighborhoods, forcing kids to travel further and often to cross gang territory where they can be exposed to danger. What happens to the buildings after cities shut down public schools? Emily Dowdall, a researcher with the Pew Charitable Trusts , is trying to get to the bottom of all this.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.