In Tell Me More's week-long series of essays honoring Father's Day, guests and friends of the program who are dads, and like a dad, have been reflecting on the joys and challenges of fatherhood. Today's last installment comes from Ray Salazar, Chicago teacher and father of two children.
Even the most loving and dedicated parents are sometimes annoyed by children who refuse to go to bed. Adam Mansbach captures that frustration in Go the [Expletive] to Sleep, a colorfully illustrated 'children's book for adults.' Some readers find the book humorous but others may be appalled. Host Michel Martin speaks with Adam Mansbach to learn more about his controversial book and what it means for parents �" especially with Father's Day just around the corner. Note: this conversation references language that listeners may find offensive.
Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More Editorial Assistant Lena Moses-Schmitt comb through listener responses from past stories. A grandfather responds to the program's week-long Father's Day essays, and one listener offers a correction to the conversation with Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuno.
Riots erupted this week in Athens over the Greek government's efforts to deal with its huge debt. The government is debating more budget cuts that are meant to satisfy the European Union. The E.U. is arguing over whether to help Greece with a bailout. The E.U. is an important trading partner to the U.S., and financial failure in Greece can have global ramifications. Host Michel Martin discusses these ramifications with Roben Farzad, senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek.
The Barbershop guys weigh in on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation, the Republican debate, and why candidate Herman Cain doesn't identify as an African American. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael; civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, foreign policy analyst and conservative columnist Mario Loyola, and The National Review deputy managing editor Kevin Williamson.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned Thursday after a nearly three-week-long scandal involving lewd photos. Also, rising star Michele Bachmann created a great deal of buzz after the GOP presidential debate. Host Michel Martin discusses this week's politics with Mary Kate Cary, columnist and blogger for US News and World Report, and Michael Fauntroy, professor of public policy at George Mason University.
The American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to print books that will be distributed to children under five across the country. The foundation’s Imagination Library program sends a free book each month to promote reading before entering school. The program will now be able to offer their books with a Braille overlay for children or parents who are blind.
"When the most politically powerful foursome in America tees off on Saturday, they will not play the most notable round of golf in the Washington, D.C., area. Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, which is just beyond the District Line, is home to this year's U.S. Open, and on Saturday, it'll be time for round three.
The indicator, which is supposed to tell us how the economy will be doing over the next six or nine months, is among many recent signals that things will probably be "choppy" through the summer and fall, Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says in a statement issued with the report.
There was a 0.4 percent drop in the index from March to April.