Society

Transgender in America: Gender Identity and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Transgender in America: Gender Identity and the Struggle for Civil Rights

July 14, 2014

There are 1.5 million transgender people in the US. What it means to be “trans," and the struggle for civil rights and acceptance in American society.

Does Hobby Lobby Threaten Gay Rights?

Does Hobby Lobby Threaten Gay Rights?

July 10, 2014

As faith groups call for President Barack Obama to exempt them from rules about employment bias, gay rights advocates express fears of eroding protections. We discuss the ongoing effort to balance religious freedom and equal treatment under the law.

Choosing To Die

Choosing To Die

July 7, 2014

Until about six years ago, helping the terminally ill end their lives in the U.S. was illegal everywhere except Oregon. Now five states have right-to-die options. Diane and her guests discuss the growing "aid in dying" movement.

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

July 2, 2014

A conversation with Natalie Merchant about her new album, her first release of original music in 13 years.

The Sharing Economy

The Sharing Economy

July 2, 2014

In the wake of massive protests by taxi drivers over ridesharing services like Uber, a conversation about the Sharing Economy and the future of services like Lyft and Airbnb.

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

Supreme Court Decisions: Religious Freedom and Public Unions

July 1, 2014

We discuss the Supreme Court decisions on the limits of religious freedom and the power of public unions.

Robert Caro:  LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Robert Caro: LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 30, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert Caro on LBJ and his role in the struggle for civil rights.

The Boom in High-Tech Health Apps and Wireless Devices

June 26, 2014

More than 100,000 health-related apps are now on the market. Many connect to wireless devices that are worn, or even ingested. We explore the benefits and risks of wireless medical technology.

David Boies & Theodore Olson: "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality"

David Boies & Theodore Olson: "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality"

June 24, 2014

In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson on their five-year struggle to overturn the law and the future of same-sex marriage in the courts.

A Conversation With Julia Gillard, the Former Prime Minister of Australia

A Conversation With Julia Gillard, the Former Prime Minister of Australia

June 19, 2014

A conversation with Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia, about being the first woman to lead the Australian government and her current efforts to educate children in the world's poorest countries.

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