Jennifer Ludden en Class Helps Unwed Dads Navigate Ohio's Mom-Friendly Systems About a quarter of U.S. families are now headed by a single mother.<p>That means a lot of children without a father in the home, and in some cases, fathers not having much contact with their children.<p>Research shows a long list of possible problems linked to fathers not being involved in their kid's lives — including poor performance in school, behavioral issues, drug and alcohol abuse and poverty.<p>To tackle these, Richland County, Ohio, is trying to get fathers more involved. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 51099 at High Court's Contraception Ruling Draws Strong Reactions Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now we get your reaction to both the Supreme Court decisions - first, to the ruling that some businesses can cite religion to opt out of covering contraceptives under the new health care law. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: In Chicago, a few dozen abortion rights opponents gathered to celebrate the decision as a victory for religious liberty. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 50665 at U.S. Plan To House Immigrant Kids In Tiny Va. Town Rattles Residents The influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. has sparked a controversy in an unlikely place far from the U.S.-Mexico border: a tiny town in southern Virginia.<p>The federal government had struck a deal to house some of the migrants in an empty college in Lawrenceville, in the heart of Virginia's tobacco belt. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 49979 at U.S. Plan To House Immigrant Kids In Tiny Va. Town Rattles Residents Stay-At-Home Dads On The Rise, And Many Of Them Are Poor The number of dads staying at home with their children has nearly doubled in the past two decades, and the diversity among them defies the stereotype of the highly educated young father who stays home to let his wife focus on her career.<p><a href="" target="_blank">A new study</a> from the Pew Research Center finds that almost 2 million fathers are at home, up from 1.1 million in 1989. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 49289 at Stay-At-Home Dads On The Rise, And Many Of Them Are Poor Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? <em>Harry Potter</em> and <em>The Hunger Games</em> haven't been big hits for nothing. Lots of teens and adolescents still read quite a lot.<p>But a roundup of studies, put together by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that.<p>That's way down from a decade ago.<p>The digital revolution means there are more platforms than ever to read on. And yet, the number of American teens reading for pleasure has dropped dramatically. Mon, 12 May 2014 05:17:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 47874 at Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To? Present But Not There: Ruling Supports Telecommuting Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Working from home used to be an exception. Technology's changed that. And now an appeals court has ruled that being at work doesn't always require you to physically have to be at work. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Jane Harris was a resale buyer of steel for Ford Motor Company. After she developed a severe case of irritable bowel syndrome, she asked to work from home up to four days a week. Ford said no, being in the office was essential. A district court said case closed. Sat, 03 May 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 47416 at If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving More companies than ever before say that they're offering flexible hours or telecommuting to their workers. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 47204 at Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal Women today are nearly half the workforce, and two-income couples are the norm. But the U.S. tax code? It's straight out of <a href=""><em>Ozzie and Harriet</em></a>.<p>When it comes to paying taxes, economists say, a lot of secondary wage-earners are getting a raw deal. It's called the marriage penalty.<p>"The system was never designed to penalize working spouses," says Melissa Kearney, director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. "It was just designed in a different era."<p>That era was 1948, when the U.S. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 46304 at Outdated Tax Code Gives Some Working Spouses A Bad Deal It's Illegal But People Get Fired For Talking About Their Pay Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The U.S. Senate today will debate why women still earn roughly 80 cents to a man's dollar. Equal pay is a goal of the Paycheck Fairness Act. As NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports, one part of the bill would ban workplace policies that keep everyone's pay secret.<p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Yes, experts say people do still get fired or punished for talking about their pay. It may not happen often. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 45595 at When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off It's a truism in the financial industry that women need to get more out of their money than men since they live longer and make less, especially if they take time out to care for children or aging parents. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 45524 at When Planning For The Future, Women Have Been Hands Off