Dan Rather Reports
(11/11/2013) We don’t tend to think of the state of bridges until one collapses. That happened most recently in Washington State this past spring, when a truck hit an overhead span. Collapses like this are unusual, but they highlight how dependent we are on a functioning infrastructure. After decades of neglect, our bridges are old and in some places, crumbling because - and you, the taxpayer, are going to pay for it. And, we bring you a report on the pollution associated with impervious surfaces – basically a fancy term for surfaces rain water can't penetrate - roads, rooftops, sidewalks, parking lots. If you add up all the impervious surfaces in the U.S. alone it would be enough to build a six-lane highway from Earth to the moon ten times over. Impervious surfaces are a big problem because when it rains instead of soaking into the ground, the water runs off - gushing into a maze of gutters, sweeping up pollutants, debris and trash that ultimately end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans.
(11/18/2013) An eyewitness to history, Dan Rather remembers the dark days in Dallas 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
(12/2/2013) In 2011 Betty Dukes and a million of her female colleagues from Wal-Mart sued the corporation for discrimination. The lawsuit went all the way to the US Supreme Court which in the end ruled that more than a million women were too broad of a category to qualify as a class. The ruling was a big win, not just for Wal-Mart, but for corporations big and small. The losers are those who don't have the means to take on big corporations alone. Also, we head off to Kenya to meet the worlds best marathoners and find out why they are so successful.
(12/9/2013) If you want to know what the future might be like for the civil wars of today, you will want to take a look at the Balkans - the site of a horrific civil war that began 21 years ago. One of the greatest tragedies of the Balkan civil war was how many people simply just disappeared - an estimated 12,000 people remain unaccounted for. But thanks to the wonders of modern science, there is hope that the bodies of those who disappeared can be returned to their families for proper burial and that their killers may be brought to justice. Also, American astronaut Suni Williams, whose videos from space became an internet sensation.
(12/16/2013) The US shoe industry has moved almost all manufacturing and jobs to Asia but one major American company is bucking the trend. Also, are apprenticeships the key to an American manufacturing rebirth?
(12/23/2013) From Afghanistan to the International Space Station, a look back at our favorite stories from 2013.
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