6 life lessons from Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I came back from my semi-regular visit to South Sudan with a stopover in Ethiopia to see the work of Dr. Rick Hodes. As I settled more…

When your smartphone becomes your doctor

by Ellen Ratner -- When Congress is not in session, then Washington can let other voices and issues have a stage. During last week's President's Day recess, the National Geographic Society and more…

Where 20,000 kids don't have a home

by Ellen Ratner -- I come from the great state of Ohio, where it is said, "So goes Ohio, so goes the nation." No one really says that about New York or more…

What can prevent the next epidemic?

by Ellen Ratner -- Having been mostly sick for the last two weeks with some kind of virus, I am reminded that getting one is not fun. It can lay you up more…

Key to peace in South Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- Two weeks ago, I wrote about lessons learned from the conflict in South Sudan. This week a peace agreement was signed in Ethiopia, and it was broken and more…

U.S. desperately needs a higher minimum wage

by Ellen Ratner -- There are two things that make me nuts: One is not extending unemployment benefits before Congress took a recess, and the other is not raising the minimum wage. more…

Lessons from South Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- As we see the world's newest country slowly become torn apart, we can only reflect on how this happened and how it can be prevented in other areas. more…

Our predictions for 2014

by Ellen Ratner -- Once a year, I ask the staff of Talk Radio News Service, or TRNS, to weigh in with their New Year's predictions. They all have their areas of more…