Is Computer-Driven Trading Causing Market Spikes?
Some analysts say high-frequency trading done on supercomputers is a key reason for increased volatility in the stock markets. Critics of the practice say lightning-quick trades that outpace human decision-making are no way for the markets to operate.
Week In Politics: Perry; Obama's Bus Tour
Robert Siegel talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and Ross Douthat, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, about this week's events.
In Verizon Workers Strike, Negotiations Continue
About 45,000 Verizon workers stayed out on strike for a second week. Negotiations continue, but the company and the union are standing by their original positions: Verizon wants workers in its traditional phone company business to pay for more of their health benefits.
Activist Fasts To Fight Indian Corruption
In India, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has struck a chord with tens of thousands of his countrymen fed up with government malfeasance. He has been fasting and campaigning for a strict anti-corruption law, much stronger than the one the government has proposed. The law would allow for prosecution at all levels, including the prime minister and the judiciary. Government efforts to negotiate with Hazare broke down, and he was arrested earlier this week. That in turn sparked large protests outside the jail where he was being held. Authorities agreed to release him on condition that his hunger strike last no longer than 15 days. On Friday, his supporters are expected to turn out in huge numbers, and he continues his fast at a large outdoor public space in New Delhi. Some are comparing him to Mohandas Gandhi.
Chilean Students Demand Education Reforms
One of South America's most peaceful and prosperous countries has been rocked by months of roaring protests by high school and university students. They are demanding an entirely new — and free — educational system. And the protests are weakening President Sebastian Pinera.
Perry Makes Texas-Size Waves In Presidential Race
Gov. Rick Perry plunged into the Republican presidential field this week with events in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And he demonstrated each step of the way that he's not shying away from controversy, or attention.
In Japan, Restoring Photos For Tsunami Victims
Many Japanese families on the country's northeast coast lost everything in the March tsunami — homes, businesses and loved ones. But in the rubble, survivors found many priceless family photos. One U.S. group is now working to repair the photos damaged in the disaster.
Summer Sounds: Panting Dogs
Commentator Andrei Codrescu adds to our arsenal of Summer Sounds with an essay about the panting of his two dogs. They have very different personalities but share the panting gene.
'Mozart's Sister' Imagines A Second Musical Genius
According to a new French film, Wolfgang's sister Nannerl had her own, unrealized musical talent. Bob Mondello says the movie's gorgeous sights and sounds, coupled with an insightful look at the role of women in artistic societies, make for a near-prodigal work.