The actress earned her second Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a maid in the 1960s-era film The Help. She talks to Fresh Air about why she thinks the character is anything but the cliche some have claimed.
Jim Daly took over as president of Focus on the Family, one of the most prominent Christian evangelical organizations in the U.S., in 2005. Daly discusses his work, the organization's views on divisive issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration reform.
A U.S. contractor working to provide Internet service to Cuba's small Jewish community was charged with spying and sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison. Alan Gross was reportedly working for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Meryl Streep, who won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, talks about several of her performances. And Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Broad examines the pleasures and pitfalls of yoga in his new book.
Ameena Matthews is a former gang member who now works to stop retaliatory gang violence in some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. She is one of the subjects of a new documentary called The Interrupters.
When Steven Ketcham met Alexandra Budny's mother, she told him, "I'm going to be your future mother-in-law." There was only one catch: Steven had never met Alexandra. But their parents had already decided they were perfect for each other.
The protests that led to the Egyptian revolution last year were organized in part by Wael Ghonim, who used an anonymous Facebook page to coordinate the demonstrations. In his new book, Ghonim explains how social media helped transform his country.
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