Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

Rep. Paul Ryan is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.

Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days

NPR | July 28, 2014 5:35 a.m.

The assembly speaker takes over for the senate president pro tem, who takes over for the lieutenant governor, because they all have other obligations during Gov. Jerry Brown's trade trip to Mexico.

The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

NPR | July 28, 2014 5:35 a.m.

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

NPR | July 28, 2014 5:35 a.m.

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

NPR | July 28, 2014 5:35 a.m.

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

NPR | July 28, 2014 5:35 a.m.

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

NPR | July 28, 2014 5:35 a.m.

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

Q&A: How Is The Native College Experience Different?

NPR | July 27, 2014 10:24 p.m.

For Native students, getting ready for college can be thrilling, alienating, and downright infuriating.

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

NPR | July 27, 2014 7:02 p.m.

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

NPR | July 27, 2014 7:02 p.m.

The last time the FCC saw this much public interest was after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. But research shows comments aren't likely to sway the agency's policy decision.

Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

NPR | July 27, 2014 4:22 p.m.

At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy.

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