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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 …

High School

Reasonable Doubts About the Jury System

Trial consultants allow the affluent to manipulate the biases of those who judge them, putting justice up for sale.<p>Shortly after I became a law professor, I received a jury summons. I knew that law professors rarely make it onto juries; attorneys regularly strike them out of a fear that they will …

Snoop Dogg

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

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 …

Research

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 …

Education

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 …

Education

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

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 …

Olive Garden

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

Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming

<i>Part of our series of conversations with leading teachers, writers and activists on education issues.</i><p>If you had to pick the most promising — and possibly most overhyped — education trends of the last few years, right up there with the online college courses known as MOOCs would almost certainly …

Education

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

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 …

Education

Ways To Avoid Community Violence After Local Police Encounters

Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Thomson, chief of police in Camden County, New Jersey, and Sue Rahr, director of Washington state's police academy, about changing officers' attitudes about use of force.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Let's meet two law enforcement officials who want to think differently …

Law Enforcement

Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in most states in the U.S. But there are gray areas where doctors can help suffering patients hasten their death. The problem is nobody can talk about it directly.<p>This can lead to bizarre, veiled conversations between medical professionals and overwhelmed …

Medicine

The Binge Breaker

Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.<p>On a recent evening in San Francisco, Tristan Harris, a former product philosopher at Google, took a name tag from a man in pajamas called “Honey Bear” and wrote down his pseudonym for the night: …

Computer Science

A National Strike Against “Prison Slavery”

Weekdays are workdays at the Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer, South Carolina, where Dee, a forty-two-year-old native of Georgia, has spent a decade serving time for a robbery. On typical mornings, he “commutes” from his cell to an on-site furniture factory, where he and other inmates …

South Carolina

Reports Of Prison Guard Brutality In New York Draw A Harsh Spotlight

The scene: A half-dozen white corrections officers at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., are confronting an African-American inmate named Leonard Strickland. It's video of a closed world, invisible to most of us.<p>"Stay on the wall, do you understand me?" officers shout. "Don't …

New York State

In Wake of Accidental Deaths, Bans on Toy Guns Gaining Ground Across America

In an effort to prevent misjudged police-involved killings such as the fatal shooting of Tyre King, aged 13 — who was killed September 14 in Columbus, Ohio, by officers who mistook his BB gun for a real weapon — towns and cities across America are reviewing and implementing regulation that bans …

Guns

Fixing America's Broken School Calendar

We asked education experts how much time they think kids should spend in class. Here's what they had to say.<p>Nothing is perfect, but what if it could be?<p>Back-to-school season is in full swing, and despite the crispness of new notebook paper and the allure of Friday night lights, it’s hard to ignore …

Education

Making Profits on the Captive Prison Market

Earlier this year, I attended a prison trade show in Louisiana, which has the nation’s highest rate of incarceration. Cheery representatives from CrossBar, a Kentucky-based company, demonstrated the bendable electronic cigarettes that are sold in prison commissaries. I chatted with employees of …

U.S. Department of Justice

Body Cameras Are Betraying Their Promise

They’re not transparent. They’re not independent. They’re not even turned on when they should be.<p>When they were introduced to the American public two years ago, police body-cameras seemed like they might help everyone. Police departments liked that body cams reduced the number of public complaints …

Justice

Texting while walking could soon be illegal in New Jersey

Jared Schumacher is among the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who routinely use electronic devices to text, listen to music or do other tasks …

The Catholic Movement Against Capital Punishment

On February 21st, as Mario Marazziti prepared Sunday lunch at his apartment in Trastevere, he had the television on, turned to Rai Vaticano, the Italian state channel devoted to coverage of the Catholic Church. It showed an image of Pope Francis in the window of the papal apartments overlooking St. …

Abolition

Chris Christie Vetoes Equal Pay Bill, Calling It ‘Business Unfriendly’

New Jersey’s lawmakers want to require employers to pay women the same as men for essentially the same work. But Gov. Chris Christie (R) thinks they …

Debtors' Prison in 21st-Century America

For failing to pay parking tickets, court fees, and other petty municipal citations, black residents of Greater St. Louis are ending up behind bars.<p>In 1846, Dred Scott began his infamous legal battle in what is now called the “Old Courthouse” in downtown St. Louis. Scott had traveled with his …

Justice

An Idaho Town Makes The Case For Guns In School

During the winter, it can take 45 minutes for police to arrive at Garden Valley High School — one of several reasons the district trains teachers to use guns stored in their classrooms. To some outsiders, it’s foolish. But to the people who live here, the solution meets the challenges that …

NRA

America’s Un-American Resistance to the Estate Tax

A sophisticated and well-funded effort has extinguished public support for a policy that actually aligns neatly with the U.S.'s notion of fairness.<p>Though Americans argue over whether income taxes should be higher or lower, there is consensus that they are a part of life. Inheritance and estate …

Income Inequality

Albert Woodfox and the Case Against Solitary Confinement

On Friday, February 19th, Albert Woodfox turned sixty-nine and walked out of a Louisiana prison, celebrating his first birthday as a free man in more than forty-five years. He had spent nearly all of the previous four and a half decades in solitary confinement. As far as we know, no one in the …

Class Action

California's assisted suicide law offers new option for terminal patients

<b>Burbank —</b> Matt Fairchild, 46, is in near constant pain. Advanced melanoma has spread to his brain and bones. He takes 26 medications a day and rarely leaves his house except to go to doctors' appointments.<p>Fairchild, a retired army sergeant, refuses to say he is fighting a battle against cancer, …

Online Privacy

What's the Best Way to Address Homelessness?

Last month, Alana wrote a piece on how to “end homelessness in New York City.” It prompted a reader to talk about his own experience:<p>In 2006, I became too sick to work. From 2006 to 2009, I had six pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs), two heart attacks, and seven episodes of atrial flutter …

Housing