Marianne Mollmann, director of programs at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, joins us to discuss gay rights from India to Uganda.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen joins us to discuss the new budget deal. The Maryland Democrat says he’s concerned about the federal pension changes, “but it’s better than no agreement at all.”
Opposition leader Olga Bielkova says the attempt by the police to disperse protesters overnight in Ukraine was yet another instance of the country’s president breaking a promise.
Professor Lawrence Jacobs says President Obama needs to stop being partisan and talk dollars and cents, targeting the people who need to sign up — especially the young and healthy.
Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and numerous country record labels. Marcia Campbell, host of “The WSM All Nighter” show, joins us with a sampling of new country.
Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blamed women’s bodies for problems with the company’s yoga pants, while Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries said he doesn’t want fat or ugly customers.
Last week, the smog in Shanghai, China, reached hazardous levels. The Air Quality Index soared over 600, which is officially “beyond index,” or off-the-charts awful.
Ty Burr, film critic for the Boston Globe, shares a rundown of the latest releases, several of which feature meaty and varied parts for actresses, and great performances.
The November enrollment numbers for Healthcare.gov are up four-fold from October. But the administration is still not on track to meet its goal.
India’s Supreme Court today reversed a lower court decision and reinstated a more than 100-year-old law that criminalizes homosexuality in the deeply conservative country.
For about 1.3 million American workers, the countdown has begun. On Dec. 28, federal extended unemployment benefits will expire for people who have been jobless for six months or more.
There are plans to build what would be the largest coal terminal in North America in the far northwestern corner of Washington state. But it faces opposition from Native American fishermen.
Electronic cigarettes are growing more popular, and shops are popping up to serve so-called “vapers.” Elizabeth Fiedler of WHYY takes us to a newly-opened “vape” lounge in Philadelphia.
Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, was a friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela. She joins us and says, “He was the best of us.”Comment | more »
As the world mourns the anti-apartheid leader and former South African president, we touch down in Johannesburg and hear from two people who knew Nelson Mandela.2 Comments | more »
The organizers of the Boston Marathon have issued special invitations to 450 people who made the case they were profoundly affected by the bombings in April.2 Comments | more »
Almost a year after 20 children and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, some states have toughened gun rules, while others have loosened them.149 Comments | more »
As the BBC’s State Department correspondent, Kim Ghattas has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles with U.S. secretaries of state, including Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.1 Comment | more »
The benefits of combining travel with volunteer opportunities are obvious. But critics say in the wrong hands, the trips can exploit and endanger the very people they’re designed to help.9 Comments | more »
Utah newlyweds Austin Craig and Beccy Bingham-Craig have decided to travel the globe and spend only Bitcoin — the virtual currency — for the first 90 days.29 Comments | more »
Elena Dorfman recently returned from a six-month trip taking portraits of Syrian refugees. She was particularly struck by the young adults she met.5 Comments | more »
Members of MGMT were just college kids when they wrote some of the songs that shot them to fame. Their next album had a very different sound, and they continue that evolution with their latest record.3 Comments | more »
Jeremy Hobson joins Robin Young as co-host of Here & Now in its new 2-hour format, from WBUR and NPR.
In the early 1980s, Nelson Mandela’s name was virtually unknown in the United States. In fact, it was Steve Biko, who first put the struggles of black South Africans into public consciousness in the U.S.9 Comments | more »
As the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting approaches, we check in with former astronaut Mark Kelly, who lobbies for responsible gun ownership with his wife, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords.14 Comments | more »
Residents have decided not to hold a public commemoration to mark the first anniversary this coming Saturday of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.3 Comments | more »