In Massachusetts, the economy is growing and some companies are reaping record profits. But not all is going well. Look at your paycheck. Wages today are like disco and leisure suits in the '70s; they're frozen in time.
With the rise of the e-book and the advent of self publishing, what does the future hold for the publishing industry? Kara Miller asks Taryn Roeder, publicist at Houghton Mifflin and Eve Bridburg, a literary agent and executive director of Grub Street.
Those who ride MBTA buses and trains might still be smarting from the rate hikes and service cuts from last summer. Unfortunately, it appears that was too little, too late. Perhaps to no one's surprise, the T is still in the red and there is still no approved plan to handle its tremendous debt and repair burden. Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi stopped by the Boston Public Radio studios to talk with Emily Rooney about his ideas to get the MBTA out of the red.
It's been a week of big news and outsize headlines. Pres. Obama outlined his gun safety agenda, including twenty-three executive orders, as well as new proposals for background checks and limiting the size of gun magazines. The NRA was not persuaded by the President's arguments.
Meanwhile, while Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced he won't run for governor in 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick laid out his budget plan. Patrick called for more taxes, and more money for transportation and education.
What happens when some of our greatest innovators - scientists, technology pioneers - find themselves unemployed?
In the case of many Cold-War-era physicists, the answer was: go find a job on Wall Street.
What have mathematicians, computer scientists, and physicists brought to the stock market? Well, the billionaire investor Warren Buffett once warned us of "geeks bearing formulas", but Jim Weatherall isn't so sure that we should be afraid of the new wave of techies in finance.