The Times They Are A-Changin’

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 13 October 2016 > In the News

For the first time ever, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded not to a novelist, playwright or poet, but the a songwriter: Bob Dylan. The 2016 Nobel was awarded to the 75-year-old folk-rock legend, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The singer-songwriter was born in 1941 in … Continue reading “The Times They Are A-Changin’”

Who won the third presidential debate?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 October 2016 > In the News

Who won the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? According to YouGov’s post-debate poll, which interviewed 1503 registered voters who watched the debate, Hillary Clinton won the debate against Donald Trump by 49% to 39%. The candidates clashed repeatedly over their radically different vision for the future of U.S.A.: Supreme Court justices … Continue reading “Who won the third presidential debate?”

Election Money Machine

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 14 October 2016 > In the News

How much does it cost to fund a presidential election campaign, and how do the candidates raise the money? We look at the thorny issue of election finance. There is a long history of politics and money. Back in 1757, “founding father” George Washington won an election to the Virginia State parliament after throwing a … Continue reading “Election Money Machine”

Chasing the Youth Vote

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 06 September 2016 > In the News

In the U.S. presidential elections,  all the candidates are chasing the youth vote. The Democrats most of all. So Barack Obama  has made a short video to encourage young people to sign up to vote. It would make a great classroom activity. The youth vote is a difficult demographic. Young people are more likely than … Continue reading “Chasing the Youth Vote”

What a Debate!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 26 September 2016 > In the News

The first of the three presidential debates will take place on Monday night 26 September*. If you are interested in the face to face Clinton/Trump, you will have to wait until 3 in the morning! Officially, there are 5 candidates racing for the White House. Then why there will be only two candidates for a … Continue reading “What a Debate!”

The Archers Phenomenon

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 14 September 2016 > In the News

Just when you think you understand Britain, all your expectations get turned on their head. In a highly urbanised, high-tech obsessed country, a large proportion of the population has been on tenterhooks about a radio soap opera about a farming community. The Archers is a British institution. It has been broadcast six days a week … Continue reading “The Archers Phenomenon”

To Infinity and Beyond!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 28 September 2016 > In the News

On Tuesday 27 September, Elon Musk shared his vision of the “new frontier”: human colonisation of Mars. As CEO of SpaceX, he was speaking at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. Musk said that he wants to establish a human colony on Mars in 2022. Better than Kennedy when he decided in 1961 … Continue reading “To Infinity and Beyond!”