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Mexicans head to the polls

Mexicans head to the polls

Mexico will hold its presidential election on July 1st Credit: CARLOS SALINAS/AFP/Getty Images Mexico elects a new president every six years, and this Sunday is it. For the first time, a woman is running as a major party candidate – and for the second time, Mexicans living abroad can cast absentee ballots. Patt checks in [...]

Sex and the single senior

Sex and the single senior

An elderly couple hold hands as they enter the sea to go for a swim. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Sexuality – it’s a part of life, something we as consenting adults take for granted. But what about our elderly relatives, those who are sequestered in nursing facilities? The need for physical intimacy doesn’t just go [...]

U.S. Supreme Court rules on Affordable Healthcare Act

U.S. Supreme Court rules on Affordable Healthcare Act

The U.S. Supreme Court building June 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court could hand down a landmark ruling on the Affordable Care Act as early as Thursday. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images This showdown has been in the cards since March 21, 2010, when the Affordable Care Act passed Congress by seven votes. Now, [...]

The Arab-American Dream on the big screen

The Arab-American Dream on the big screen

The Citizen was inspired by true events and informed by director Sam Kadi’s own feelings as a Syrian immigrant. As resistances calling for democracy continue in Middle Eastern Arab countries, it is easy to overlook the lives of those who have emigrated from their home countries to the United States. Director Sam Kadi hopes to [...]

Walter Cronkite, the anchor of middle America

Walter Cronkite, the anchor of middle America

Credit: HarperCollins History is shaped by many, but perhaps even more so by journalists and members of the media, whose choices about what stories to follow and questions to ask shape much of public dialogue (like it or not). Walter Cronkite, who delivered newspapers as a boy in Houston, grew into one of the most [...]

Can women indeed “have it all,” and what does that even mean?

Can women indeed “have it all,” and what does that even mean?

A young woman trying to crunch some time brings her work to bed. Credit: iStockPhoto The modern woman most likely juggles her time between family, job, and any semblance of a social life she’s able to pull together in her spare time. Successfully keeping all of these plates spinning means to “have it all” – [...]

Deaths of environmental activists on the rise, all over the globe

Deaths of environmental activists on the rise, all over the globe

Protesters march through the decades-old Vila Autodromo squatter settlement before demonstrating outside an entrance to the Rio + 20 conference on June 20, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images As the global population soars, resources like wood, arable land, precious metals, and drinkable water become scarcer, and the battle over land [...]

In praise of the 10,000-mile diet – the locavore’s dilemma

In praise of the 10,000-mile diet – the locavore’s dilemma

Credit: PublicAffairs If you went to a farmers market this weekend looking for the most local groceries, thinking you’re helping the environment and the local economy – think again. Backed by several inconvenient truths, the authors of “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet” join Patt to explain the paradox of eating local. [...]

You’re not the boss of me

You’re not the boss of me

Some companies are throwing the concept of bosses out the corner office window. Considering the plot of last year’s “Horrible Bosses,” where three men plot to murder their bosses, it’s fair to say that anyone with a job spends a lot of thinking about upper management. Love them or hate them, bosses are a part [...]

How does Jerry Sandusky’s trial compare to others?

How does Jerry Sandusky’s trial compare to others?

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse, on June 19, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images The 12 jurors in the trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have been deliberating for over twelve hours. They’re sequestered in the Pennsylvania town of Bellefonte. The goal [...]