School used to start on the day after Labor Day. But many kids have already been in classes for week. School isn’t just starting earlier in the calendar, an estimated 40 percent of high schools start before 8am, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. That organization has just recommended that schools start no earlier than 8:30. Right now only 15 percent of high schools do that. So what’s the rush?
This episode of Backstory looks at the origins of the minimum wage, and explores how we've thought about fair pay over time. Along with their guests, the American History Guys Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh and Peter Onuf discuss how slaves in the antebellum period could sometimes be brought into the wage economy, and how convict labor played havoc with wages in the wake of the Civil War. They discover why early 20th century feminists cheered the demise of state minimum wage legislation in the 1920s, and find out how the federal minimum wage came to be, a decade later. The Sound of Ideas returns Tuesday.
The shock of losing four college students in a small plane crash brings with it lots of questions. On the regional roundup, we'll open the lines for you to talk about the accident, and what changes might result because of it. A court room decision might mean freedom for the men accused of illegally trimming the beards of their fellow Amish. And what is Cleveland Rep. Marcia Fudge doing 'dueling' with comedian Stephen Colbert? Join us host Rick Jackson Friday morning for The Sound of Ideas.
College classes are beginning for the fall semester and students will soon consider pledging fraternities and sororities on their respective campuses. Greek organizations enrich the college experience for many, and their effects often last beyond the last day of school. But critics say some fraternities and sororities contribute to an unhealthy culture of drinking and mysogyny on campus. Are they getting a bad rap? The state of Greek life on campus and efforts to reign in bad behavior.
You and your pet won't be seeing the same heart specialist any time soon, but your doctor and Coco's vet might learn a lot if they talked to each other. Tomorrow morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we welcome the co-author of "Zoobiquity," a California cardiologist who says medical doctors can learn a lot from the diseases and maladies experienced by animals. Jaguars get breast cancer. Penguins can suffer from melanoma. What we can learn could help us, and them.
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