Jennifer Ludden http://wutc.org en Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal http://wutc.org/post/outdated-tax-code-gives-some-working-spouses-bad-deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm.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That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 36120 at http://wutc.org Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off http://wutc.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 35510 at http://wutc.org When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement http://wutc.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 20:47:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 35067 at http://wutc.org Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials http://wutc.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 22:46:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 34222 at http://wutc.org Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? http://wutc.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 34133 at http://wutc.org Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids? Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It http://wutc.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 23:41:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 33557 at http://wutc.org Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die http://wutc.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 31943 at http://wutc.org Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding http://wutc.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 31768 at http://wutc.org With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage http://wutc.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 30714 at http://wutc.org Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? http://wutc.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 15:04:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 30486 at http://wutc.org Can Child Marriages Be Stopped? Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency http://wutc.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 21:17:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 29362 at http://wutc.org Illinois Files Suit Against Online Adoption Agency For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table http://wutc.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 26679 at http://wutc.org For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison http://wutc.org/post/jesse-jackson-jr-sentenced-30-months-prison-0 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for using campaign funds to buy luxury goods. His wife also received a year in prison for filing false tax returns. Prosecutors called their joint crimes one of the worst abuses of campaign finance laws in recent memory. NPR's Jennifer Ludden was at the courthouse here in Washington, D.C.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: At one time, Jackson's political career was expected to rival that of his civil rights hero father. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 26062 at http://wutc.org Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority http://wutc.org/post/zimmerman-verdict-feels-personal-some-service-sorority Attorney General Eric Holder looked out over a sea of women in red on Monday and invoked his wife, a member of the influential African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Holder was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/15/202364815/holder-trayvon-martin-case-is-a-chance-for-difficult-dialogue" target="_blank">addressing the sorority's national convention</a> in its centennial year.<p>Founded at Howard University, Delta Sigma Theta is the largest single organization of African-American women in the United States. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:13:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 24675 at http://wutc.org Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban http://wutc.org/post/gays-and-lesbians-turn-fight-workplace-discrimination-ban With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/174965583/same-sex-marriage-and-the-supreme-court" target="_blank">Supreme Court</a>, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 24388 at http://wutc.org Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban