As part of the coverage of the 2012 Presidential election, Yahoo! News has debuted “Remake America,” a webseries profiling six families as they try to reclaim the American dream. Each week, another five-minute episode puts a personal spin on issues like unemployment, foreclosure, and the mounting healthcare costs that are so common in today’s economy. But they’re not going it alone—each family gets help from career gurus, personal-finance experts and medical professionals as they fight to make ends meet. Viewers can connect by sharing their own experiences on dedicated comment threads or voting for which step each family should take next. Check it out below.
Do you think these videos paint an accurate picture of America today? How are these issues affecting your family?
WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Diane and Eric Kehler tried not to talk about it in front of the children, but as Jen Hegerty, the guidance counselor at Wilson Hill Elementary School, says, “Children have eagle ears.”
Mr. Kehler lost his $90,000-a-year job as an information technology manager. And though he and his wife discussed their problems in whispers, eagle ears don’t miss much. Their son Mathias, 12, a quiet, cerebral sixth grader at Wilson Hill, got quieter. “Our house was sort of in a state of despair. We weren’t as happy as usual,” Mathias said. “I stopped having good ideas to talk about with my friends.” (New York Times)
Behavior: Another Good Reason to Sing a Lullaby
Researchers studied the sleep patterns of 308 children ages four through ten half of which were overweight or obese. The study found that obesity and abnormal blood tests were four times as common in children who slept the least, and three times as common in those who used the weekend to catch up on lost sleep. (New York Times)
Tot is seizure-free after docs remove half her brain
A two year old from Washington State suffered from Aicardi Syndrome since birth, which caused her to seize as a baby multiple times a day. She recently went through a surgery that removed half her brain, and she is now seizure free. Her vision and speech is still affected by the disease, but her parents are hopeful that she will one day lead a normal life. (MSNBC)
Shockingly, Toxic Waste Candy Bars Deemed Unsafe
The U.S. government says candy imported from Pakistan called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat, because of lead contamination. No one has been sickened, but the FDA said elevated lead content could be harmful to small children, infants and pregnant women. (CBS)