The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from February 16, 2001

'1933' Probes Small Town, Universal Issues ; New Play Explores Immigrant Experience, American Dream
Baseball, coming of age, and the remorse of maturity that has failed its youthful promise - these are the universal issues at play in "1933." Adapted for the stage by Randall Myler and Brockman Seawell from John Fante's autobiographical novella, "1933...
A Furry Sputnik Zips through Our Life
We were setting our full pails of wild huckleberries in the trunk of the car when we heard a growl and a scramble at a nearby pine tree. Our cocker spaniel pranced out of the low huckleberry bushes with a rodent in her mouth. "Look, Dad," our 8-year-old...
A Home for Everyone ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
It was about midnight when a car alarm went off under my hotel window. The alarm would stop, then repeat itself every few seconds, and I found myself tossing and turning. I was to spend the next two days - and that was all the time I had - finding...
A Lifeline for Napster?
Legal pundits regard David Boies as the digital era's Clarence Darrow, a go-for-the-jugular charmer who could explain HTML to a Neanderthal. Mr. Boies was, of course, on Al Gore's speed-dial during the post-election fracas. And as the Justice Department's...
Arts and Letters, Redeemed
Few federal agencies have drawn more criticism over the past decade than the twin endowments for the arts and for the humanities. In giving public money to creative endeavors, they walk a delicate line between culture and politics. It takes only...
A Terrorist Version of NATO? ; as Trial Continues, a New Picture Emerges of Bin Laden's Vast Network of Alliances
The terror group already had an army of extremist fighters. It had an economy, too, as its leader ran everything from a Middle East construction firm to a sesame farm in the Sudan. Then in the 1990s, Osama bin Laden decided that Al Qaeda ("The base")...
Decoding Defense Speak
The battle of the acronyms, you might call it. NMD - national missile defense. You're going to hear a lot in coming months about NMD along with ABM, the Antiballistic Missile Treaty. And you're going to be hearing that the Russians, the Chinese, and...
Don't Let Your Granny Watch the Grammys
By now we're used to bizarre TV stunts, but rapper Eminem - denounced for his antigay lyrics - and gay crusader Elton John on the same stage? Performing together? When Michael Greene, president of the recording academy, teased in an interview that...
Dotcom Churches: Ministry or Marketing? ; A Texas Church Expands Web Evangelism, Offering Psalms with News and Horoscopes
Like many congregations across the country, the Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, is setting up a fancy site on the Internet to reach out to a new generation of parishioners. But unlike other churches' sites, the Fellowship website, launching...
East Congo's Refugee Highway ; Displaced Thousands Fill Roadside Towns; Aid Groups Struggle to Cope with Lingering Conflict
The 65 miles of road that link this market town to the border city of Goma resemble a backwoods Oregon logging trail, winding bumpily along the slopes of brilliant green hills. Despite the rough appearance, it is one of the most important highways...
Hard-Working Songwriter Pens 'Best Record of the Year'
"I once saw an interview with Jerry Seinfeld, and he said he thought 'writer's block' was a myth; people just get lazy," says singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur. "I think there's a lot of truth to that." For his latest album, "Come to Where I'm From"...
Hindu-Based Education, Going Strong
Just 20 minutes from Anita Chaudary's village, past laborers wearing the loosely wrapped Rajasthani safa around their heads, lies the thatched-roof village of Harpalya. Educating women is a low priority here; of some 150 unmarried girls in the area,...
'Hopelessly Optimistic' Artist Stitches Together a Globally Minded Show
"Keep the home fires burning" may be one of the few traditional aphorisms that feminist artist Judy Chicago doesn't explore in her new exhibition, "Resolutions: A Stitch in Time." But it certainly defines this persistent feminist, who is committed...
In Florida, Lessons on Vouchers ; New Study Finds That the Worst Schools Are Turning around under a 'School Choice' Reform
Dixon Elementary had been tagged one of the worst schools in Florida. Few of its students could get through a grade-level book. Most couldn't write a basic paragraph. Just two years later, achievement is no longer a stranger at this brick school...
Jordan Draws Line, Arrests Anti-Israel Activists ; Critics See Economic, Political Motivation in the Recent Apprehensions
In a move that demonstrates anew how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affects the internal politics of Middle Eastern countries, Jordan has come down hard on activists who oppose its peace with Israel. On Jan. 27, police here arrested seven activists...
Lovely Miss Jones and the Secret of King Tut
After a vigorous holiday with the great-granddaughters, Professor Bill reports progress on his study of parenthood in ancient Egypt. Bill, my trail buddy and wilderness companion for many happy and indolent summers, is a tenured professor of fractured...
Movie Guide
Ratings and comments by David Sterritt and Monitor staff Staff comments reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other moviegoers. Information on violence, drugs, sex/nudity, and profanity is compiled by the Monitor panel. STAR RATINGS...
Network Recasts
Some in Congress felt obligated to bring the heads of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and The Associated Press to Capitol Hill this week to explain in greater detail what went wrong the night of Nov. 7, and what they're proposing to do to prevent the blunders...
New Categories, Bizarre Matchups
No one at this year's Grammy Awards will top Carlos Santana's eight-trophy sweep of last year - let alone Jennifer Lopez's barely there dress - but the 43rd annual Grammy Awards (Feb. 21, CBS, 8-11 p.m.) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles still...
PBS 'Masters' 30 Years of Superior Storytelling
Like an old and trusted friend, "Masterpiece Theatre" still drops around on Sunday evening with marvelous tales to tell. The series has graced the airwaves for 30 years now, and there's nothing else quite like it - nothing else that routinely mines...
Rural India: Waiting to Excel
Anita Chaudary is the first girl from her farming-caste village in dusty Rajasthan state to make it to 10th grade. Both of her parents are illiterate. But neither wants their promising daughter to spend her days bent in the fields, as they do. So...
Songwriting Duo Breaks the Rules
Triumph. Disappointment. And a bat flying around a concert stage.Those three things hardly sum up the frenetic activity of the past 12 months for Grammy Award nominee Aimee Mann and her singer- songwriter husband, Michael Penn, but they're among the...
Species Protection Hits Budgetary Wall ; with Moratorium on New 'Endangered' Listings, Some Call to Revise Protection Act
The Buena Vista Lake shrew and the southern California yellow- legged frog are unknown species to most Americans. But they have one thing in common: Though scientists say both have a high possibility of going extinct, each currently exists in a state...
Swift Rise, Steep Fall, and a Shot at History
Jane Swift's political resume is a study in superlatives. At 25, she was the youngest person ever elected to the Massachusetts Senate. A year later, the precocious Republican was the youngest woman ever to hold a leadership position there. In 1999,...
The World Shows It Can Play in NBA
The referee blows his whistle when a Denver Nuggets player accidentally strikes the ball with his foot. "Kicked ball violation," the announcer intones. The ref rolls the basketball toward Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks to throw it back in play.The...
Today's Story Line
REPORTERS ON THE JOB... FINDING A GIRL IN SCHOOL: The Monitor's Robert Marquand started thinking about the three-part series on Indian education last year. He'd just written a story about the correlation between educated women and low-birth rates...
Unamazing Graceland
Paul Simon had already been to Graceland, I figured, so I needn't bother. I don't own any of Elvis's records and can't name any of his movies, but sure, I respect Elvis's contribution to the birth of rock 'n' roll. He made some great records, though...
USA
With the chief of watch looking on, a civilian pulled the levers that propelled the submarine USS Greeneville to the ocean's surface, where it sank a Japanese fishing trawler, officials confirmed. The civilian reportedly was part of a 16-person tour...
US, Mexico Eye Energy Alliance ; Mexico Signals Pro-US Tilt as Bush, Fox Begin Talks Today on an Energy Policy Reaching from Anchorage to Acapulco
When oil prices tripled last year, the United States saw Mexico as one of the culprits. It formed a troika with Venezuela and Saudi Arabia that successfully limited production and pushed crude prices skyward. But that was last year. If oil prices...
Veteran R&B Singer Shows Time Is on Her Side
"I tend to gyrate to songs that have good stories," notes R&B vocalist Irma Thomas in a phone conversation from her longtime home in New Orleans. "And Dan Penn's songs always convey great stories," says Ms. Thomas, explaining how her latest CD, "My...
Why 'Hannibal' Gives Us Chills ; A Villain Who Knows What You're Thinking
He's back. Hannibal Lecter, popular culture's most celebrated cannibal, has been in hiding for the past 10 years - ever since his wide-screen debut, "The Silence of the Lambs," swept the "big five" 1991 Academy Awards and racked up higher box-office...
World
Apparently reversing a decision earlier this week, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak agreed to serve as defense chief under his successor, Ariel Sharon, TV reports in Jerusalem said as the Monitor went to press. If correct, they could be...