• PBS NewsHour conversation with E.J. Dionne about his new book, "Our Divided Political Heart,"

    Judy Woodruff talks to E.J. Dionne about his new book, "Our Divided Political Heart," in which he argues that America's heartstrings are torn by two contrasting devotions: a love of individualism and a quest for community.

  • Analysis: New studies weigh college value and cost

    Two new studies offer emphatic answers to much-discussed questions about higher education: Yes, a college degree is worth it, but yes, it's the middle-class that's getting particularly squeezed with student debt in the pursuit of one.

  • False piety and the Medicate debate

    Deficit hawks are worried that the Medicare debate in the presidential campaign will make it impossible to reach a post-election deal to balance the budget. At the same time, much of the punditry focuses on how mean and nasty this campaign is.

  • Week in Politics: Taxes and What Ryan Will Do

    Melissa Block discusses the presidential race with E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam with National Review.

  • U.S. Birth and Fertility Rates (video)

    Stephanie Ventura and Adam Thomas talked about childbearing and fertility rates in the U.S., and they responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

  • Study: College Grads Weathering Economic Storm

    New research from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce reiterates a truism that may resonate with college graduates in a tough economy. On average, college grads continue to earn nearly twice as much as high school graduates, according to the report, "The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm."

  • New Job Loss Study: The Less Educated Are The Hardest Hit

    What group of workers has been hit hardest since the recession started in late 2007? Though the media runs lots of stories about the plight of college graduates, and focuses on differences between male and female job seekers (hence the term “man-cession”), a new study from Georgetown University shows that the workers who have suffered the most are those with no more than a high school education.

  • One More Time: Yes, College Is Worth It

    Sky-high student debt and countless stories about the plight of unemployed or underemployed college graduates has prompted a new wave of speculation as to whether college is really worth it. So perhaps some you might need this reminder: you know what’s even harder than not having a job? Not having a job or a college degree.

  • Job Losses Persist for the Less-Educated

    After suffering the largest share of job losses in the recession, Americans with no more than a high school education have continued to lose jobs during the sputtering recovery while better-educated people have gained millions of jobs, according to a Georgetown University study.

  • How Ryanization threatens the GOP

    There is the idea of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, and then there is the reality. If conservative ideologues are over the moon at having their favorite conviction politician as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, many Republican professionals — particularly those running this fall — are petrified. They freely express private fears that Democrats will succeed in Ryanizing the entire GOP.