A new federal regulation will require commercial pilots to get roughly triple the number of flight training hours many airlines require today before they can be hired. Some airlines — especially the smaller ones — worry this will result in a pilot deficit.
The Census Bureau projects that by 2043, the United States will have a majority-minority population for the first time in its history. In a piece in The New York Times, columnist Charles Blow writes that this demographic shift is one we should meet with "as much ease and grace as we can muster."
NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics and reflects on some of the significant political moments of the year. He also faces off in a trivia battle with burgeoning political junkie Gabe Fleisher, a fifth grader who drafts a political newsletter everyday before school.
Alcestis 'Cooky' Oberg lost her father-in-law unexpectedly on Christmas Day in 1982. For the first few years, it meant that Christmas was a somber time. Oberg, a contributor to USA Today, talks about how the mood of the holidays evolved for her family over time.
As the year comes to a close, many people turn attention to giving back through charitable donations. With the economic recovery, many are seeking out more information to be sure that the donations go to the intended cause.
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