President Obama's visit to the Middle East has both inspired cheers and raised eyebrows among policy experts. But will his visit help reshape the debate over the region's future? Host Michel Martin discusses the trip with Peter Beinart, who edits The Daily Beast's Open Zion blog, and Saeed Khan, a lecturer and Middle East expert at Wayne State University.
Seventeen big-budget movies premiered this past summer, and almost all of them cost more than $100 million to make and about that much to promote. While only about 10 of them were solidly profitable, studios are not changing their strategies.
Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California's bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state's Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can't be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
After a decade of kicking the ball down the road, Congress appears ready to repeal its payment formula for Medicare and replace it with a whole new system. This time, doctors would be paid according to the quality of results they produce, rather than the number of services they provide.
Online communities are taking physical shape in the San Francisco Bay Area, where young professionals run modern-day communes. It makes economic sense. Census numbers show San Franciscans pay the highest rent in the country.
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