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Federal Ferguson Review Finds More Than 100 Lessons For Police

The Obama administration Wednesday issued an after-action assessment of the police response to the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., that erupted last year following the killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black resident of the city, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.<p>The report, …

The Town That Decided to Send All Its Kids to College

Residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholarships for everyone, and it changed the town profoundly.<p>BALDWIN, Mich.—College was never much of an option for most students in this tiny town of 1,200 located in the woods of the Manistee National Forest. Only 12 of the …

College & University

Whose Job Is It to Talk to Patients About Death?

In the U.S. health-care system, it’s often unclear who should talk to patients about end-of-life care options. Medicare’s new reimbursement scheme may incentivize doctors to take ownership of those difficult conversations.<p>When Pedro Faust Tzul Menchu, a 45-year-old man with colon cancer, told his …

Health Care

California Voters Want Policing Reforms That Politicians Won't Deliver

The public overwhelmingly favors safeguards that law-enforcement unions oppose—and the unions are winning.<p>On Wednesday, the ACLU of Southern California released the results of a statewide survey that it commissioned to gauge the attitudes of likely voters toward policing reforms.<p>The results were …

Voting

The Real Student-Debt Crisis

If you’re reading this, “college” may connote a very expensive, four-year residential institution where one comes of age, acquires what one hopes will become an impressive lifelong credential and a network of useful friends, and learns at least something of the liberal arts. But this version of …

'No One Should Have The Right To Prolong My Death'

When Jennifer Glass goes to Sacramento on Tuesday to deliver testimony in favor of the California End-of-Life-Options Act, the trip will require some complex logistics.<p>Her 17-year-old stepson, Tristan, will bundle her into her car and get behind the wheel to drive the two hours from her home in San …

The Case for Eating Small Fish

From the beginning of time, through the artist Bruegel’s day, and until relatively recently, little fish had only big fish to fear. Since the middle of the twentieth century, however, some little fish—forage fish, to be precise—have faced radically increased threats from humans, and, by extension, …

Antibiotic Resistance Is Everyone's Problem

How can doctors, drug companies, and governments prevent a future where people die of minor infections?<p>The problem with antibiotic resistance is a lot like the problem with climate change: It’s one of collective responsibility. At the individual level, what does it matter that one person drives a …

Public Health

What Donald Trump Doesn't Understand About Immigrants and Crime

Harsh crackdowns provoke suspicion and mistrust within the very communities whose cooperation police require.<p>How do you prevent crimes committed by undocumented immigrants?<p>Parodoxically, America doesn’t need even more intensified efforts to aggressively hunt down unlawful immigrants and deport …

Immigration

5 Ideas To Ease The Burden Of Student Loans

The total outstanding balance of federal student loans: $1.3 trillion.<p>Whether it's because of for-profit colleges shutting down or popular debates about the moral necessity of repayment, the issue consistently makes headlines, and it shows signs of emerging into political prominence during this …

The 80,000-Volt Handcuffs That Let Cops Shock Prisoners

The quiet rise of “Stun-Cuffs” give police officers, prison guards, and bailiffs an easy way to electrify people into submission.<p>What gives an electric jolt as strong as a typical Tase but is designed for prisoners already in police custody rather than suspects not yet arrested? Wireless …

Darth Vader

The Case for the 32-Hour Workweek

Since 2006, Ryan Carson, the CEO of Treehouse, has maintained a four-day workweek for his employees. “There’s no rule that you have to work 40 hours, you have to work more to be successful,” says Carson. “We’ve proven that you can take it from an experiment into something that’s doable for real …

Employment

America's Fantasy of a Four-Day Workweek

Will Americans ever let out a deep breath, crack open a beer, and say, “Thank God it’s Thursday”?<p>Essays about the fantasy of a four-day, 32-hour workweek seem to follow a certain formula: Start with an eminent thinker’s starry-eyed prediction of how many hours we’ll be working at some point in the …

U.S. Economy

A High School for the Homeless

For seniors at San Diego’s Monarch School—where 93 percent of students have no form of permanent housing—earning a diploma means leaving behind their only reliable source of food, clothing, healthcare, and more.<p>Andrea and I sat cramped around a little two-top table at a Starbucks near her …

Homelessness

'Man With The Golden Arm' Donates Blood That Has Saved 2 Million Babies

When James Harrison was 14, he got really sick. One of his lungs had to be removed, and he needed a lot of blood.<p>"I was in the hospital for three months and I had 100 stitches," he recalls.<p>After receiving 13 units — almost 2 gallons — of donated blood, Harrison knew right away that he wanted to …

Red Cross

Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter

A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.<p>When I lived in L.A., I reported on a school near Long Beach in which nearly a fifth of the students had asthma. One culprit seemed to be the school’s unfortunate geography: About 500 trucks …

National Academy of Sciences

Forcing Students to Graduate ‘On Time’

Denmark is cracking down on people who overstay their time in college, echoing similar efforts in the U.S. It’s causing a lot of anger in a country known for its educational equality and happy citizenry.<p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Lanes of bicyclists commute along broad boulevards from comfortable homes to …

Higher Education

New York Keeps Raising The Bar For Graduation

<i>The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what's happening in your state.</i><p>The global history …

Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows

By last count, the Justice Department estimates about 80,000 U.S. inmates live in some kind of restricted housing.<p>That means being confined to a cell for about 22 hours a day.<p>You are going to eat, sleep and defecate in a small room that's actually smaller than the size of your average parking space.<p>…

The Danger of Picking a Major Based on Where the Jobs Are

In his new book, the Wharton professor Peter Cappelli argues that banking on a specialized degree’s usefulness is risky. After all, one reason some jobs are in high demand is that no one predicted that they would be.<p>The question of what to major in during college will often get another question in …

Employment

Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes

What's in a number?<p>To many, 81 percent is a success story. It's the nation's all-time-high rate for high school graduation in 2013, the most recent year of federal data.<p>But the NPR Ed Team and reporters from member stations around the country have been digging into that number and found it's more …

From 'Dropout Crisis' To Record High, Dissecting The Graduation Rate

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama had some sure-fire applause lines: "More of our kids are graduating than ever before" and "Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high."<p>Which raised some interesting questions: "Is that really true?" and "Why?" and "How do …

In Detroit, Lots Of Options For Turning Fs Into Cs

<i>The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the whole story here. And find out what's happening in your state.</i><p>Kevin Mahone is a high school junior in Detroit …

How Restaurants Cut Corners To Save Money

To save a few pennies, restaurants are doing things that would never appear on the menu: pouring thin heads on beer, serving lightly embalmed shrimp, and selling a $2.50 bottle of wine for $15 to consumers who never wonder about the quality.<p>Activist investor Starboard Value exposed a stark reality …

Are High School Exit Exams An Unnecessary Barrier To Graduation?

<i>The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what's happening in your state.</i><p>Eight times Brandon Lewis …

Ethical Eating: The Plants (and Animals) Are Watching Us

Are some things too smart to eat?<p>Maybe. Most of us aren’t comfortable at the thought of chowing down on such bright sparks as dolphins, chimpanzees, kangaroos<b>,</b> or border collies. Then there are pigs, which researchers point out are inquisitive, attentive, social, and (relatively) sharp as tacks. …

Living Rooms

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Mental Health

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?

An activist has made it so in France. Could he take his campaign global?<p>In 2010, U.S. supermarkets and grocery stores threw out 43 billion pounds, or $46.7 billion worth, of food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But if Arash Derambarsh had his way, that number would be zero. …

Agriculture

Brain Boost: Mediterranean Diet May Fend Off Memory Loss

If you've ever walked out of the house without your phone and wallet — as I did yesterday — you might have wondered: Am I starting to lose it?<p>Even if you're too young for any real concern about dementia, this kind of precursor to a "senior moment" can be rattling.<p>But a new study suggests we're not …

Why More of America's Students Are Finishing High School

Education reform, not the improving economy, explains rising graduation rates.<p>The nation’s students are graduating from high school at record rates and the reasons can be attributed to school-reform efforts, not improving economic trends, argues a new report released by several organizations, …

Education