People arrive in a ballot office to vote on whether to give every adult citizen a basic guaranteed monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560), in a school in Bern, Switzerland, June 5, 2016. The sign reads, "Ballot office."    (Ruben Sprich for Reuters.)

Free income for all? Swiss say ‘no thanks’

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone.
Jun 6, 2016
Diners enter the Austin Blind Cafe in 2011. Over 11,000 people have been served by Blind Cafes around the U.S. (Courtesy photo)

Dining and dialogue in the dark at the Seattle Blind Cafe

The Seattle Blind Cafe pops up this weekend, offering you a chance to eat a meal in complete darkness and better understand visual impairment.
Oct 16, 2015
(Photo by JulieMarkee)

Merry Christmas, Bavarian-style

Nestled in the Cascades just a couple hours from Seattle lies a little slice of Bavaria. Leavenworth is perfect in the winter, with snow gently falling on the steeply sloped rooftops, and hot brats being served on the street. Okay, okay, an Alpine themed tourist town might sound a little cheesy. But even true Bavarians, like […]
Dec 24, 2012
An inmate performs during a play at a public theatre in Lima

For Brazilian prisoners, turning pages will shorten sentences

Homer, Steinbeck and Dickens. Every high schooler has to read them, and now, their works might be a way for Brazilian prisoners to get their hands on a “get out of jail early” card. According to a Reuters.com article, the Brazilian government announced earlier this week that a new program called “Redemption through Reading” will […]
Jun 30, 2012
Prescription medications in Japan (Photo from Flickr by Evan Blaser)

Obamacare upheld! Now can I buy into the Japanese health system instead?

They do it better in Japan. They do it better in Costa Rica, in Andorra, and even in Slovenia. No, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about living itself. Americans just don’t live that long. We come in a shabby 34th in global life expectancy rankings. The average Japanese citizen lives to 83.5 years old, five […]
Jun 28, 2012