Jennifer Ludden http://kvpr.org en To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along http://kvpr.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 35390 at http://kvpr.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://kvpr.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 34422 at http://kvpr.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://kvpr.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 33795 at http://kvpr.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://kvpr.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 33119 at http://kvpr.org Think Work Is Stressful? For Many, It's More Relaxing Than Home Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? http://kvpr.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 32510 at http://kvpr.org Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? Present But Not There: Ruling Supports Telecommuting http://kvpr.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 32142 at http://kvpr.org If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving http://kvpr.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 21:43:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 31955 at http://kvpr.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://kvpr.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 31145 at http://kvpr.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off http://kvpr.org/post/when-planning-future-women-have-been-hands It's a truism in the financial industry that women need to get more out of their money than men since they live longer and make less, especially if they take time out to care for children or aging parents. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 30477 at http://kvpr.org When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement http://kvpr.org/post/rural-appalachia-helps-some-women-save-retirement Anita Wallace has run a day care in her home in rural Athens County, Ohio, for eight years. The schedule is more family-friendly than when she logged 60 hours a week as a manager at Wal-Mart, and the pay is about $27,000 a year — not bad for the area.<p>Wallace adores the children, getting down on the floor to let toddlers snuggle on her shoulder. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29991 at http://kvpr.org Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home http://kvpr.org/post/efforts-close-achievement-gap-kids-start-home When Andrea Riquetti taught kindergarten in Providence, R.I., the disparity between more affluent students and those from poor families was painfully clear.<p>"We would read <em>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</em>," she says, "and I would ask them, 'What is this fruit?' And they would call all the fruits just 'fruits,' because they didn't have the specific name."<p>Two-thirds of Providence children entering kindergarten already fall short on state literacy tests. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29835 at http://kvpr.org Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials http://kvpr.org/post/telework-not-just-moms-and-millennials Many people may think of a "remote worker" as a harried mom in her bathrobe or a 20-something at a coffee shop. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29073 at http://kvpr.org Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? http://kvpr.org/post/push-change-custody-laws-whats-best-kids Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/the-new-male-mystique/">if not more</a>. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 28984 at http://kvpr.org Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It http://kvpr.org/post/going-college-may-cost-you-so-will-skipping-it In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house — leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.<p>Yes, a new study of young people finds. <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2014/02/SDT-higher-ed-FINAL-02-11-2014.pdf">The study, released Tuesday</a> by the Pew Research Center, looks at income and unemployment among young adults. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 28377 at http://kvpr.org Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die http://kvpr.org/post/malawian-farmers-say-adapt-climate-change-or-die Rain is so important in Malawi's agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called <em>mvula yodzalira</em>, literally "planting rain." For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been predictable, reliable. But not now.<p>In the village of Jasi, in the hot, flat valley of Malawi's Lower Shire, farmer Pensulo Melo says 2010 was a disaster.<p>"I first planted my maize on Nov. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 26573 at http://kvpr.org Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding http://kvpr.org/post/national-treasures-risk-dc-fights-against-flooding The nation's capital is not exactly a beach town. But the cherry-tree-lined Tidal Basin, fed by the Potomac River, laps at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. And, especially since Superstorm Sandy, officials in Washington have a clear idea of what would happen in a worst-case storm scenario.<p>"The water would go across the World War II memorial, come up 17th Street," says Tony Vidal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "And there are actually three spots where the water would come up where we don't have ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 26384 at http://kvpr.org With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage http://kvpr.org/post/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-child-marriage <em>NPR's Jennifer Ludden recently traveled to the African nation of Malawi, one of many countries in the developing world where child marriage remains prevalent. She found girls like Christina Asima, who was married at 12 and became a mother at 13. She is now divorced and caring for her infant son on her own. You can read Jennifer's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/25/245973216/can-child-marriages-be-stopped" target="_blank">full report here</a>. Below are a few more things she learned while</em><em><em> reporting on </em>child marriage. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 10:24:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 25236 at http://kvpr.org Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? http://kvpr.org/post/can-child-marriages-be-stopped Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.<p>My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.<p>"I was 12 years old when I got married to my husband," she explains softly. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:47:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 24987 at http://kvpr.org Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency http://kvpr.org/post/illinois-files-suit-against-online-adoption-agency The Adoption Network Law Center is based in California, but when someone in Illinois searches "adoption" on the Web, up it pops, right near the top.<p>"They're very specific in directing their advertising and marketing to people in Illinois," says Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, even though they're not licensed in the state. Illinois prohibits for-profit adoption agencies.<p>In fact, Madigan notes the group is not licensed anywhere — yet a huge advertising budget means people searching across the country often find it first. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 23736 at http://kvpr.org Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table http://kvpr.org/post/restaurant-workers-struggle-put-food-table Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't <em>mean</em> to make a career in the restaurant business. But after Nyankale was in college for two years, her mom lost her job as a schoolteacher and could no longer pay tuition. Then, Nyankale's temp jobs in bookkeeping dried up in the recession. So she went back to her standby — restaurant work.<p>"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:32:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 20749 at http://kvpr.org For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table