Education beat writers demonstrate the same excellence as other journalists. The problem is Op Ed columnists and other writers who seem to know no more about schools than what they hear at cocktail parties.
I had pulled to the curb and could barely see the road though the water welling in my eyes. I felt as if I had just heard from the future... from one of the children that would never be mine.
Not only do American families want government-supported public broadcasting, they need it now more than ever.
"Well, there already are pre-existing conditions law in there. If you have insurance you can't be thrown off. So there are going to be combinations on that. I'm not familiar with the exact specifics."
Abigael Evans became an Internet sensation this week after her mother Elizabeth filmed her crying over a case of election fatigue. Now, we talk to her about her take on the election and the story behind her viral video, "Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."
As the world nears eradicating polio, Nigeria stands as one of the few countries that remain polio endemic.
We put together a list of all these places, be it online or offline, where you can watch tomorrow's debate. And who else will be there with you, cheering on the beautiful misery of it all:
Are podcasts back? Did they ever leave? The former "next big thing" was front and center this week courtesy of a clever interview request from Nerdist frontman Chris Hardwick.
We talked about Mayor Emanuel's new budget on this week's Chicago Newsroom, and about Community Media Workshop's latest report on how Chicagoans get their news.
This past week, I heard about a scientific breakthrough that could eventually allow people to create living beings, possibly even human ones, on command, age be damned.
Last night, Romney proved he is willing to continue being an empty zinger-filled warmonger while promoting the slashing of programs that have helped American families (or the 99 percent).
Bill Siemering wrote the original mission statement for National Public Radio, served as the first director of programming for NPR, and invented NPR's first signature program, All Things Considered.
Bill Siemering has been a key figure in the modern development of public broadcasting. This second part of the interview treats his time at NPR.
I've gained a new appreciation for lowbrow in middle age. I'm still enough of a snob to gravitate toward "brilliant" lowbrow as opposed to "despicable" in New York magazine's approval matrix, but give me one more decade. My tastes should be off the chart.
Whether you agree or disagree with the contemporary market-driven, test-driven "reform" movement, it would be hard to deny that it has benefited from the best public relations campaign that money can buy.
While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.