Society

Ron Suskind: "Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism"

April 22, 2014

How one family was able to use their autistic son's fascination with Disney characters to connect. We explore "affinity therapy" and the ongoing effort to reach children locked in an inner world.

Rising Poverty In America: The Causes And Consequences

Rising Poverty In America: The Causes And Consequences

April 22, 2014

A half century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, more than 46 million Americans are poor - and that number is rising. What's behind poverty in the U.S. and what can be done about it.

The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns

The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns

April 21, 2014

The booming business and changing politics of marijuana.

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman: "The Confidence Code"

April 17, 2014

Research shows that women are less confident than men and D-N-A is partly responsible. But two journalists argue that biology is not destiny. What we can learn from successful women who take risks and are not afraid of failure.

Violence In Public Places And How It Affects Our Sense of Security

April 14, 2014

A gunman opened fire outside a Jewish community center and a nearby retirement community in suburban Kansas City, killing three people. That incident occurred just days after a mass stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school and another shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. On the eve of the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Diane and her guests discuss how these continuing episodes of violence in public places affect our sense of security.

New Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

April 10, 2014

Scientists are attempting to bring extinct species back to life. Through recent breakthroughs in genetics, researchers hope to revive the passenger pigeon, woolly mammoth and others. But conservationists warn that "de-extinction" is no panacea to the current extinction crisis.

How the Civil Rights Act Changed America

How the Civil Rights Act Changed America

April 10, 2014

President Barack Obama and three former presidents gather in Texas to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We discuss the struggle to pass the landmark legislation and its legacy today.

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

April 9, 2014

In 1939, 900 Jews attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the ship the "St. Louis." Turned back at every port, the boat eventually returned to Europe. Many passengers ended up dying in the Holocaust, including Martin Goldsmith's grandfather and uncle. "Alex's Wake" traces Goldsmith's efforts to recreate his family's journey in order to bear witness to their suffering and honor their memory.

The Worldwide Debate Over New Rules For The World Wide Web

The Worldwide Debate Over New Rules For The World Wide Web

April 7, 2014

The European Parliament votes to keep Internet service providers from selectively blocking or slowing services like Netflix and Skype. In the US, critics speak out over plans to give up oversight of the Internet’s address book. Debate over new rules for the World Wide Web.

Latest On The Nation's Kidney Shortage

Latest On The Nation's Kidney Shortage

April 2, 2014

The nation's kidney shortage is about to hit a grim milestone with 100,000 patients on the transplant waiting list.

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