Economics & Economy

The civil rights divide over charter schools

Jan 12, 2017
Amy Scott

Inside a small brick row house in northwest Baltimore, Md., Tiela Smith pulls on a parka, pink hat and gloves and a huge backpack. Then she heads out the door to walk one block to Langston Hughes elementary school.

But instead of going inside, she walks around the side of the building to a parking lot, where a yellow school bus is waiting. Langston Hughes closed last year, so Tiela, 8, now rides the bus a mile away to Arlington elementary. 

Tiela doesn’t mind, she said, because “when you don’t walk your legs don’t feel tired.”

A look at intelligence units, made just for airports

Jan 12, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Crystal Castle

Intelligence operations have been in the news of late. But there are all kinds of analysis and information gathering going on at airports and other areas of this country's infrastructure.

What will Trump critics do about conflicts now?

Jan 12, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deal with his business conflicts is under fire from government ethics experts of the Republican, Democratic and non-partisan variety. Trump is transferring control of his businesses to his adult sons and a Trump Organization executive, but not selling his assets and not forming a blind trust. The ethics community doesn’t like it, but Trump says that’s the deal, setting up a fight. Can they turn to the courts? 


Roughly 240,000 tickets have been distributed for the inauguration. Factor into that some 150,000 protesters turning up for Women’s March on Washington scheduled for the following day, and Washington D.C. will be welcoming two very large, and very different, crowds of people into the city next week.

That creates both an opportunity and a challenge for businesses. While both Republican and Democratic money is green, as political activists look to put their money into businesses that support their politics, things can become complicated.

How to make lunch at your desk less sad

Jan 12, 2017
Kai Ryssdal

A limp salad thrown into Tupperware. A PB&J served on a paper towel. A stolen slice of breakroom birthday cake.

This is the "Sad Desk Lunch," a familiar, sorry sight for many an office worker. They're often eaten quickly, while hunched over a keyboard.