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 January 30, 1998

Billy Wilder's Sophisticated Touch
Billy Wilder's most important movies are all oddball classics. "Double Indemnity," "The Lost Weekend," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Seven Year Itch," "Some Like It Hot," and "The Apartment," among others, capture something peculiarly American in their scope...
CD Reviews an Occasional Update of Music Releases
COUNTRYGarth Brooks - Sevens (Capitol Records): To country-music fans, Garth Brooks can do no wrong. He's the Michael Jordan of honky-tonk. If you're one of the few country fans who haven't bought "Sevens" yet, throw down this review and skedaddle on...
Clinton's Perceived Weakness Is Actual Weakness
Some of the older hands around Washington remember Oct. 25, 1973, when we awoke to the news that President Nixon had ordered a worldwide alert of American forces, including nuclear forces, to warn the Soviets away from military involvement in the Middle...
'Fallen' Angel Meets the Body Snatchers
'Fallen" begins with the execution of a ranting serial killer in the California gas chamber. This is another sign that capital punishment, once considered a serious moral issue, has become just another spectacle for audiences to gasp at. It's not an...
January Sports: When the Rhythm Is Right
It's rare when everything in life is perfect. Down-in-the-mouth cynics say never. Even over-the-top optimists say infrequently. But right now is one of those perfect times. Glory be and wave your arms.That's because when we look at sports (and who of...
Koreans Forgo Pop Tarts to Eat into Public Debt
Late January is usually a happy time in South Korea. The Lunar New Year means families return to hometowns, catch up, eat, and play traditional games. But this winter, mired in economic crisis, Koreans are grateful there's any holiday at all. The government...
Latest Author On-Screen: Joseph Conrad but a Literary Pedigree Does Little to Help 'Swept from the Sea' Overcome Its Limitations
Joseph Conrad isn't in the league of Henry James or Jane Austen when it comes to Hollywood movie adaptations, but lately he's been receiving a bit more attention than usual.First came Christopher Hampton's version of "The Secret Agent," and now we have...
Letters
Kids' Homework Can Help Families LearnAs an experienced teacher I am writing to express my concerns for the way student homework was handled in "Families Find Homework Is a Tricky Assignment" (Jan 13).Like all of learning, homework should be viewed in...
McDonaldized Israel Debates Making Sabbath 'Less Holy'
It looks like a day in the life of Anytown, USA. On a chilly Saturday afternoon, thousands stream into this shopping center along the highway to browse through American name-brand stores that are still novelties here: Ace Hardware, Toys 'R' Us, Office...
One of the Hottest Acts in Town: Local Theater Companies
Broadway shows like "The Lion King" may dazzle, but many believe the heart of American theater beats elsewhere. In major cities across the United States, professional not-for-profit companies have sprung up, prospered, and matured, changing the face of...
On Stage in America
CALIFORNIASan DiegoOld Globe Theatre Scotland Road A mystery about a woman found on an iceberg. Feb. 4 - March 15. Labor Day A.R. Gurney's new play. Feb. 7 - March 15. (619) 239-2255 www.oldglobe.org San Francisco American Conservatory Theater Golden...
Plotting a Course toward Post-Fidel Cuba
Obviously, Fidel Castro's days are numbered. But the number is a matter of speculation. Fidel watchers last week noted that his beard is thinner, and there is a touch of gauntness in his face - he has lost weight. But there was no hint of stoop or frailty...
Political Theater
This week's most riveting drama was played out on the political stage by Bill, Hillary, Kenneth, Vernon, Monica, and Linda.Americans stayed close to the TV and channel-surfed to make sure not a single episode took place without them.But traditional forms...
Russian TV Viewers Cry, 'Go, Thief' Top the Cops BY Judith Matloff, Staff Writer of the Christian Science Monitor:
It has all the ingredients of a hit police drama anywhere - chase scenes, wailing sirens, and heroes vs. the bad guys. Except that on Russia's latest television hit, the lines between good and evil are not always clear-cut.Every Saturday night, Muskovites...
Sports 101
What's ahead: The National Basketball Association All-Star game will air on NBC Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. EST from Madison Square Garden in New York.THE ALL-STAR GAMEHow are players picked for this event? The starters for the 48th annual NBA All-Star game were chosen...
Strike Up the Violins: It's Show Time! New Movie, TV-Show Soundtracks Serve Up Tango and Brassy Marches
Movies and other mass-audience entertainments remain a rich source of music for the CD trade, including the musically savvy listeners served by the Sony Classical label.While high-profile new releases provide much material for screen-inspired discs,...
Struggle over Sabbath a Clash of Economics, Ideology
Is a deep philosophical debate really all about making an extra shekel?In 1994, Israel passed the Basic Law, roughly akin to a Bill of Rights. A section ensured freedom of business and occupation, essentially overriding laws that have allowed the government...
Suffering or Overcoming? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Last fall the Monitor reported on the public's growing appetite for sordid secrets ("Confessions Of Tell-All Society," Oct. 24). It said many people want to find out what others, famous or ordinary, do in private.Some people are airing their dirty laundry...
The Golden Fruit of Friendship
The first time I was on this block on the unfashionable west side, it was because the realtor had taken me into a neighborhood I could afford. It was a block of barking dogs, guys working on diesel trucks, and quiet stucco and adobe houses walled from...
The Monitor Movie Guide
January 30, 1998Reviews in this weekly guide are written by Monitor critic David Sterritt unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor staff panel (blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other viewers. Information...
The Real Price of a Swordfish Steak
The next time you sit down at your favorite restaurant, think twice about ordering the swordfish. For many Americans, swordfish still evoke images of those magnificent, leaping giants that were frequently depicted on old sportfishing shows. But these...
The Train's Chime Whistle Meant That All Was Well
With things as they are, I'll not try to be a choo-choo train buff. It's a lost cause. But I'm willing to offer a minority opinion that the chime whistle of a steam locomotive was blessedly inspirational on a brisk winter's night as it counted off a...
Those IMF Funds
In talking about the East Asia financial crisis, economists - and even Washington politicians - refer to the "moral hazard" involved.They aren't speaking of something that's "immoral" in the common sense of that word. But fairness is involved. And it...
Time Has No Meaning in Hollywood Updates 'Great Expectations' Relocates to the 20th Century
Most recent movies based on classic literature, from "Sense and Sensibility" to "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," have stayed true to the time of the original story.But there's another tradition that runs in the opposite direction: the Hollywood Update,...
'War on Drugs' Seems More Than Metaphor in Border Towns
The Pentagon's recent recommendation to permanently cancel armed military patrols along the Mexico border is a good first step toward a drug policy not based on military force. Armed soldiers on the border, however, are only the tip of the iceberg in...
What's On
PICK OF THE WEEKXVIII Winter OlympicsFriday, Feb. 6 8-11 p.m. (CBS) TV highlights for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6. All times are Eastern; check local listings. SATURDAY 1/31 Australian Open (ESPN, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.): The road to the men's final has been...
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