The Happening Now Blog

  • December 24, 2014

    Christmas Eve Storms

    Weather is a problem coast to coast this Christmas Eve with rain on both coasts, and snow in the Midwest. Chicago bracing for flight ...

  • December 23, 2014

    Dow 18,000

    Anti-police protesters say they won't stop protests despite the murder of two New York City policeman over the weekend. Mayor Bill de Blasio ...

  • December 22, 2014

    Police Assassinated In New York

    Police are investigating the history of 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who shot his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore and then came to New York City ...

'Happening Now' Reading List

  • "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter" by Randall Balmer


    In his new book, "Redeemer", religious historian Randall Balmer credits Pres. Jimmy Carter to the rise of the Christian right in politics.  Openly calling himself a born-again Christian during the campaign and while serving as President, "Carter represented a clean break with the recent past" Balmer writes, "an opportunity to redeem the nation."  During Pres. Carter's term the Christian right ultimately abandoned him and elected Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1988.  The Christian right has been closely tied to the Republican party ever since.

  • 'The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet' by Nina Teicholz

    From the publisher: In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.

     

  • 'Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics' by Michael Barone

    From the publisher: It is often said that America has become culturally diverse only in the past quarter century. But from the country's beginning, cultural variety and conflict have been a centrifugal force in American politics and a crucial reason for our rise to power. The peopling of the United States is one of the most important stories of the last five hundred years, and in Shaping our Nation, bestselling author and demographics expert Michael Barone illuminates a new angle on America's rise, using a vast array of political and social data to show America is the product of a series large, unexpected mass movements-both internal and external-which typically lasted only one or two generations but in that time reshaped the nation, and created lasting tensions that were difficult to resolve.

  • 'Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey" by Leo K. Thorsness

    From the publisher: 'On April 19, 1967, Air Force Colonel Leo Thorsness was on a mission over North Vietnam when his wingman was shot down by an enemy MiG, which then lined up for a gunnery pass on the two American pilots who had bailed out. Although his F 105 was not designed for aerial combat, Thorsness engaged the MiG and destroyed it. Spotting four more MiGs, he fought his way through a barrage of North Vietnamese SAMs to engage them too, shooting down one and driving off the others. For this action, Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor.

  • "LABOR'S LOVE LOST"

    In Labor's Love Lost, noted sociologist Andrew Cherlin offers a new historical assessment of the rise and fall of working-class families in America, demonstrating how momentous social and economic transformations have contributed to the collapse of this once-stable social class and what this seismic cultural shift means for the nation's future.

    Drawing from more than a hundred years of census data, Cherlin documents how today's marriage gap mirrors that of the Gilded Age of the late-nineteenth century, a time of high inequality much like our own. Cherlin demonstrates that the widespread prosperity of working-class families in the mid-twentieth century, when both income inequality and the marriage gap were low, is the true outlier in the history of the American family. In fact, changes in the economy, culture, and family formation in recent decades have been so great that Cherlin suggests that the working-class family pattern has largely disappeared.