In the United States, education is a right for all children. For Shabana Basij-Rasikh in Afghanistan, it was something she was willing to risk her life for. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her story, and a school she co-founded in Afghanistan that helps educate young women.
There's been no shortage of articles written about how twenty-somethings are struggling to turn the corner into adulthood. But psychologist Meg Jay says it's not because they lack opportunity: it's because they lack motivation. She joins host Michel Martin for a special parenting segment to discuss life skills for millennials.
Host Michel Martin pays tribute to former Congressman William Gray, who died Monday. He served as the first black majority whip in the House of Representatives and pushed Congress to stop American investment in South Africa during apartheid. He went on to serve as the long-time leader of the United Negro College Fund.
The good news for Texas Democrats is that the state is becoming more urban. The bad news? It could be many years before urban Democratic voting margins are high enough for them to win statewide elections.
The 19 "hotshots" who were killed while fighting a wildfire over the weekend were remembered on Monday in Prescott, Ariz. The simple tolling of a bell and the reading of their names brought home the sad story. Meanwhile, the fire they were fighting continues to burn.
Chicago-based Tribune Company, newly out of bankruptcy, is trying to sell its newspaper holdings. The company is making a major play in local TV. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns and runs more stations but it too went on a TV buying spree this year. So have the Gannett Company and Media General.
After 16 years on the lam, Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger is on trial. His murder and racketeering trial is expected to last through the summer. Already testimony from government witnesses is raising questions about the justice system, and how the FBI cozied up to villainous characters to prosecute Bulger.
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