Jennifer Ludden http://wboi.org en Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault http://wboi.org/post/student-activists-keep-pressure-campus-sexual-assault For Georgetown University freshmen, orientation this week included a new activity: mandatory small-group discussions on sexual assault.<p>"For a lot of the kids, this might be the first time they ever actually talk about sexual assault or what consent means in an environment with their peers," says Chandini Jha, a junior who helped lead several discussions and who's been pushing administrators to do this for two years.<p>Georgetown is not among the more than 70 colleges being investigated for how they've handled sexual assault cases; in fact, it's ahead of many others on the issue. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 35060 at http://wboi.org Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter http://wboi.org/post/more-dads-want-paternity-leave-getting-it-different-matter After nearly four weeks at home with his infant son, Kumar Chandran has the diaper thing down.<p>"Shhh, almost done," he says, hunching over Kai on the living room floor of their Washington, D.C., townhouse, while his wife, Elanor Starmer, tries to placate the fussy baby.<p>Chandran says there was no question he wanted to be home at this time. The nonprofit he works for offers four weeks of paid parental leave — the same for men and for women. He says this has let him bond with his son and pick up on subtle cues.<p>"At first it's like he's crying," says Chandran. "It could be ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 34540 at http://wboi.org More Dads Want Paternity Leave. Getting It Is A Different Matter To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along http://wboi.org/post/break-cycle-child-poverty-teaching-mom-and-dad-get-along After a half-century of the War on Poverty, an anti-poverty agency in Ohio has concluded that decades of assistance alone just hasn't changed lives. Instead, it says, the ongoing breakdown of the family is to blame.<p>"You're seeing the same people come year after year, and in some cases generation to generation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 32920 at http://wboi.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along U.S. Plan To House Immigrant Kids In Tiny Va. Town Rattles Residents http://wboi.org/post/plan-house-immigrant-teens-prompts-backlash-virginia-town The influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. has sparked a controversy in an unlikely place far from the U.S.-Mexico border: a tiny town in southern Virginia.<p>The federal government had struck a deal to house some of the migrants in an empty college in Lawrenceville, in the heart of Virginia's tobacco belt. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 32010 at http://wboi.org U.S. Plan To House Immigrant Kids In Tiny Va. Town Rattles Residents Stay-At-Home Dads On The Rise, And Many Of Them Are Poor http://wboi.org/post/stay-home-dads-rise-and-many-them-are-poor The number of dads staying at home with their children has nearly doubled in the past two decades, and the diversity among them defies the stereotype of the highly educated young father who stays home to let his wife focus on her career.<p><a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/06/05/growing-number-of-dads-home-with-the-kids/" target="_blank">A new study</a> from the Pew Research Center finds that almost 2 million fathers are at home, up from 1.1 million in 1989. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 31430 at http://wboi.org Stay-At-Home Dads On The Rise, And Many Of Them Are Poor Think Work Is Stressful? For Many, It's More Relaxing Than Home http://wboi.org/post/think-work-stressful-many-its-more-relaxing-home Many Americans say their jobs are stressful — we complain of too much to do in too little time, demanding bosses or difficult colleagues. But researcher Sarah Damaske wanted to know, objectively, is being at work any harder than being at home?<p>So Damaske, a professor of labor and employment at Pennsylvania State University, had 122 people swab their saliva six times a day for three days to test cortisol levels, a biological marker of stress. Thu, 22 May 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 30804 at http://wboi.org Think Work Is Stressful? For Many, It's More Relaxing Than Home Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? http://wboi.org/post/why-arent-teens-reading-they-used <em>Harry Potter</em> and <em>The Hunger Games</em> haven't been big hits for nothing. Lots of teens and adolescents still read quite a lot.<p>But a roundup of studies, put together by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that.<p>That's way down from a decade ago.<p>The digital revolution means there are more platforms than ever to read on. And yet, the number of American teens reading for pleasure has dropped dramatically. Mon, 12 May 2014 05:17:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 30270 at http://wboi.org Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? Present But Not There: Ruling Supports Telecommuting http://wboi.org/post/present-not-there-ruling-supports-telecommuting Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Working from home used to be an exception. Technology's changed that. And now an appeals court has ruled that being at work doesn't always require you to physically have to be at work. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Jane Harris was a resale buyer of steel for Ford Motor Company. After she developed a severe case of irritable bowel syndrome, she asked to work from home up to four days a week. Ford said no, being in the office was essential. A district court said case closed. Sat, 03 May 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29934 at http://wboi.org If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving http://wboi.org/post/if-you-want-flextime-are-afraid-ask-head-vermont More companies than ever before say that they're offering flexible hours or telecommuting to their workers. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29761 at http://wboi.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://wboi.org/post/outdated-tax-code-gives-some-working-spouses-bad-deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044230/"><em>Ozzie and Harriet</em></a>.<p>When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.<p>"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."<p>That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29038 at http://wboi.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal