Fifty years ago today, the foundation was laid for the Peace Corps. (The organization was actually created in March 1961 when it was signed into law.) We explore the birth of this organization founded by President John F. Kennedy.
Kenneth Feinberg's history of mediation made him a logical choice to administer the $20 billion escrow fund for victims of BP's oil spill. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story has been following Feinberg's career for some time.
88-year-old Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and former Senator Robert F. Kennedy, died early this morning. She was also the founder of the Special Olympics. The Takeaway speaks to Brady Lum, president of the Special Olympics.
President Obama has been compared to several great American leaders. But in a forthcoming piece in The New York Times Magazine, writer Matt Bai argues that the danger of looking back at history for parallels is that you fail to look forward.
John F. Kennedy's civil rights advisor and former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford tells The Takeaway how one phone call influenced the outcome of the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy Presidential election and why the story matters now.
The Cuban missile crisis had an epilogue that few know — the Kennedy administration was in secret talks with Cuba around a reconciliation. In current news, several women in London have been held in slavery for years, Europe contemplates its own NSA-proof cloud computing facility, and we visit Ford Nation — the Toronto mayor's fans who insist they'll vote for him again. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Over nine decades, efforts to amend the US Constitution to recognize women’s rights have faced major challenges. Congress finally passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. The amendment would recognize women’s equal rights to men under the law. But it still hasn't been ratified in all 50 states.
Fifty years ago, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module and took their first steps on the Moon. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched history taking place. You've probably seen the famous pictures, but here are some lesser-known facts about the historic mission.
In October 1957, a beach-ball sized metal globe hurtled through space a couple hundred miles above the United States. That orb was the first artificial Earth satellite — Sputnik. Sergei Khrushchev, former missile engineer and son of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, remembers the US-Soviet race into space.