John J. Lennon arrived at Attica in 2004 with a 9th grade education. but in May will graduate with a two-year associate degree. In-prison creative writing workshops have changed his life, he says.
“I came into prison looking up to gangsters, now I look up to scholars and intellectuals."
An LGBT trailblazer, the former lawmaker sees greater acceptance in America on sexual orientation — and greater antipathy toward Congress. However, he notes, Indiana's anti-gay bill shows that ''prejudice is alive and well.''
In her latest book, a former NPR correspondent claims that governments from Afghanistan to Nigeria "are vertically-integrated, criminal organizations bent on stealing."
Estonia has the youngest prime minister in the European Union. It's also rushing headlong into creating digital ID for people there. And while they offer access to an array of government and private services, they'll also issue online IDs to anyone who wants one — though they come with much less access.
Edible insects are celebrated for being environmentally friendly and also potentially quite tasty. And now they're going mainstream, with the Dutch grocery store Jumbo getting ready to put them on the shelves.
Most of Africa spent centuries under white rule, either through colonial policies or post-colonial schemes like apartheid. But that changed two decades ago, and since then Africa hasn't had a white leader of any country. But that just changed.
When you go to the hospital, you give up a lot of very personal data, not the least of which is your name, address and Social Security number. Recently, a group of Chinese hackers associated with their government's cyber espionage program branched out from their usual work and targeted a huge hospital system's patient database — and got away with a huge haul of personal data.
Tensions subsided in Ferguson after lightly-equipped police largely replaced SWAT teams and armored vehicles on city streets. After more than a decade of such "Darth Vader gear" being the norm at protests, it may be time for a shift in tactics.
Travel and tourism has never really been bigger, with people hitting the road to find adventure. But for some, adventure comes with a trip to some place seemingly off-limits: war zones. Companies are marketing war tourism to appeal to a new type of tourist.
The US has spent billions of dollars on Afghan reconstruction, but much of it not very smartly. A special inspector general has been appointed to try and find the misspent funds and discern who's responsible.