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Riding The Beast: A Dangerous Migration

The freight train known as "The Beast" carries thousands of Central American migrants on a long and perilous journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Jasmine Garsd about riding "The Beast," and a new book that documents its dangers.

Economic Mobility: America's Frontier Blocked?

The "great recession" may be over, but that doesn't mean that most Americans have access to the opportunities that they used to. Host Michel Martin hears from listeners about how the lack of social and physical mobility is limiting their economic prospects. She discusses the issue with Richard Reeves, a fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution.

Obamacare Website Mess: Whose Fault Is It?

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is feeling the heat because of all the technical problems with the new health exchange websites. For more on possible fixes, and what it all means for Americans seeking coverage, host Michel Martin talks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.

A View Of Insurance Marketplace Problems From 4 States

Weeks after the online health insurance marketplaces opened, people are struggling to buy coverage. Mississippi and Alaska are depending on the federal government for their sites, and they haven't managed to sign up many people. California and Oregon built their own exchanges, but even those sites are having problems.

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry's environmental and health practices because of "overwhelming" political influence.

Thursday Morning Political Mix: Healthcare Techs In Hot Seat

House Republicans begin their inquiry into the problem-plagued online rollout of Obamacare, hearing testimony today from the system's contractors who are expected to point fingers at the White House

At Health Care Hearing, Republicans And Democrats Clash Again

Republicans are framing their central question about the troubled Affordable Care Act website this way: Are White House officials clueless or are they liars? A Democratic lawmaker, meanwhile, accuses the GOP of holding a "monkey court."

Red-State Senators Face Activist Challengers From Within

Emboldened by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and funded by organizations advocating small government, GOP activists are battling party incumbents for Senate seats in six states — and counting. They're even going after the Senate minority leader.

Teacher Killed By 12-Year-Old Student Remembered

The community of Sparks, Nev., came together Wednesday night to remember Michael Landsberry, the teacher who was killed by a 12-year-old student who shot and wounded two others before taking his own life.

Therapists Explore Dropping Solo Practices To Join Groups

In the past, many psychotherapists ran their own little businesses. But changes in health care coverage mean that many must start accepting insurance and doing paperwork. That's leading some therapists to form group practices or join large medical groups — and may lead to better care for patients.