The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will tackle the issue of same-sex marriage. Defying most expectations, the justices said they will examine two cases, presenting the possibility that the court could decide the issues surrounding same sex marriage in one fell swoop.
Justices on the nation's highest court announce they will take up cases involving California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, and a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Analysts say the court might confine itself to determining jurisdiction, not the merits of the cases' claims.
Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the listener inbox for BackTalk. This week, they fact check a comment Representative Allen West made on the program, comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. But West is not the only politician who has done that.
Funeral services were held for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins this week. Belcher fatally shot Perkins before killing himself in front of his coach. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the tragedy and whether it says something larger about the culture of professional sports.
Jewish families will gather this Saturday night to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah. Host Michel Martin takes a look at some of the not-so-typical families who are changing the face of Judaism. She speaks with Rabbi Steven Greenberg, one of the pioneers of a growing movement of openly gay Orthodox Jews.
Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to look at the latest jobs numbers. They talk about why businesses big and small aren't ready to make major hiring decisions yet — and whether that will change if politicians avert the so-called 'fiscal cliff.'
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