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True stories from Up in the Air

True stories from Up in the Air
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In the film Up in the Air, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate frequent flier whose job is to tell others that they've lost theirs. But to cast Bingham's subjects, director Jason Reitman searched for people who had been laid off in real life. He placed an ad in the paper about a documentary […]

Teen pregnancies, abortions on the rise: is it sex ed or media?

Teen pregnancies, abortions on the rise: is it sex ed or media?

A report out from the Guttmacher Institute shows that teenage pregnancies and abortions began to rise in 2005 after more than a decade on the decline. Proponents of comprehensive sex education say it’s clear evidence of the failure of President Bush’s abstinence-only sex education in public schools, while abstinence-only advocates blame the sex-saturated media culture […]

Are vegetative patients able to think?

Are vegetative patients able to think?

In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that a form of brain scanning could be used to determine the consciousness of patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state. Using functional magnetic resonance, five patients showed brain activity that indicated awareness and intent, with one patient […]

I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing

In 2003, during the earliest days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Shoshana Johnson was captured when the 507th maintenance company was attacked. In I’m Still Standing Shoshana chronicles her capture, the 22 days she was held as a POW, her rescue and recovery. Patt sits down with the first female POW from Operation Iraqi Freedom to […]

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Amid the recession’s doom and gloom, one author is trying to spread cheer. Gregg Easterbrook believes our capacity for innovation and new ideas will yield a sudden burst of growth for the global economy. Are our present woes a minor bust signaling booms to come? Or does unfettered optimism about America’s economic future prompt bad […]

How big of a problem is the national deficit?

How big of a problem is the national deficit?

Perhaps in a foreshadowing of his $3.8 trillion budget proposal coming down the pike, President Obama last week proposed—and the Congress rejected—a bill to create a special commission to address the federal deficit. Yesterday (Monday), he effectively increased that deficit to $1.6 trillion for this fiscal year, leaving our national debt hovering somewhere around $13 […]

Making the most of your money now

Making the most of your money now

Which amortization rate is right for me? How much of my income should I allocate toward retirement? Jane Bryant Quinn wrote the book on personal finance, and now she’s back to address rebuilding savings after financial disaster in a new edition of “Making the Most of Your Money Now.” From spending plans to whether gold […]

Buzzie is back

Buzzie is back

He spent his childhood at the White House while photographers flashed pictures of him playing—not the normal childhood, but then again, he didn’t have normal grandparents. Curtis Roosevelt was the grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, which offered many positives, but also presented a slew of negatives. Patt talks to the Curtis about growing up in […]

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedelic 60’s

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedelic 60’s

In the winter of 1960, three brilliant scholars and one ambitious undergrad- Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil- came together around the Harvard Psilocybin Project, a series of experiments with psychedelic drugs. The group sought spiritual enlightenment but ended up transforming America. In his new book “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” author Don […]

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedlic 60’s

How Harvard scholars launched the psychedlic 60’s

In the winter of 1960, three brilliant scholars and on ambitious undergrad- Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil- came together around the Harvard Psilocybin Project, a series of experiments with psychedelic drugs. The group sought spiritual enlightenment but ended up transforming America. In his new book “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” author Don […]