"My dad was a doctor, and when I was 6 my family moved from the center of the garment industry, New York City, to North Carolina, America's garment manufacturing state," recalls Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World.
When he first arrived in America, Afghan student Ali Shahidy knew his English was ready to tackle the tough language of academia. But he never expected to be tripped up by lunch at a fast food restaurant.
Geography, it turns out, is a key determiner in whether low-income children can improve their socio-economic status by the time they become adults. That's a key finding of a new research report from researchers at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley.
Like Ohio and Texas, places where Republican majorities are trying to pass anti-abortion legislation, residents of North Carolina are showing up in groups to protest the legislature's actions. The protests, called "Moral Mondays," have been going on for more than ten weeks and have resulted in hundreds of arrests.
Two authors debate whether we should move away from centralized power, water and other utilities or invest more in them.