Economics & Economy

New paper chase: law school for non-lawyers

Aug 15, 2016
Avi Wolfman-Arent

Hospitals can be noisy places, children’s hospitals especially. But at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia, there’s one sound that cuts through the din: the clack of Cheryl Kettinger’s heels as she makes her rounds.

“People always say to me 'I hear you coming,'” said Kettinger.

Doctors and nurses may prefer flats and clogs. But Kettinger isn’t a doctor or a nurse. She’s a law school graduate. She’s also not a lawyer. Her area is compliance. She helps interpret medical law and create company guidelines so people don’t break those laws.

Welfare reform, through the eyes of two women

Aug 15, 2016
Amy Scott

 Twenty years ago next week President Bill Clinton signed into law a massive overhaul of the welfare system. The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act prioritized work over education and training, making it a lot harder for people on welfare to go to college. In order to qualify for cash assistance, recipients now have to do some form of work each week, and school only counts toward the full requirement for up to a year. Do the math, and most degrees take much longer.

Puerto Rican debt could help swing Florida

Aug 15, 2016
Lane Wallace

In Florida, as many as a thousand people are arriving every month from Puerto Rico, responding to a long recession and a crushing debt crisis there.

But Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico, who are U.S. citizens, nonetheless can’t vote in presidential elections, because Puerto Rico isn’t a state. When they move to Florida, a key swing state, that changes.  

Hillary Clinton says she opposes the TPP

Aug 11, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

There was a whole long section on trade in Secretary Clinton's speech Thursday comparing and contrasting her approach with that of her opponent.

They do, however, agree on at least one thing trade-related.

Both Clinton and Trump oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership — the big Obama trade deal currently hung up in Congress.

Here's Secretary Clinton today:

Swedish Fish Oreos are a thing

Aug 10, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

There's a new kind of Oreo on the market.

I should say here that Nabisco's famous for trying out new flavors for their iconic cookies, and those flavors usually kind of make sense.

Brownie batter Oreos. Yes, please.