Last week, the Chicago Teachers Union decided they were allowed to strike, in an attempt to push Chicago Public Schools administration to negotiate with them over longer school days and pay. Comedian Ed Flynn knows you might not understand how this situation became so heated. And as a self-described "uneducated" individual, he wants to clear up any confusion.
It's so easy to get irrationally angry on the internet that sometimes we forget that people do the same thing in real life. Writer Randall Colburn brings us several tales of individuals getting more than a little upset about things that perhaps they don't need to be quite so upset about.
The romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey has captivated women–and the media–with it's tale of a submissive relationship. But Mel Evans thinks the book's popularity is due to its representation of how we'd like women to be: quiet.
Actor Dan Granata says the history of watching the transit of Venus is "a chronicle of cosmological blue balls." He explains his statement – with the help of a little math – in this week's installment of The Paper Machete.
Google "mommy wars" and you'll get about 18.5 million results. Google "mommy wars playground" and you'll get about 1.9 million -- significantly less to fuss about, but still plenty of topics to fuel the fire of a long hot summer surrounded by other parents and their progeny.
Sitting on our couches, staring at the screen in front of us, we most likely think very little about the man that enabled us to not move for such an extended period of time. He was Eugene Polley, inventor of the television remote control, who died at the age of 96 in a suburban Chicago hospital last month.
There's a big debt crisis going on in Greece right now, one that so few people really understand that This American Life even teamed up with Planet Money for a whole episode to explain it.But you can skip that hour (sorry TAL!) because screenwriter and playwright Craig