Under pressure from hunger strikes, the state of California has made some changes to the way it runs its toughest prison units. Some men who recently left solitary confinement are talking about their experience. (This story was produced as part of a collaboration between member station KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting.)
The idea of intermittent mini-fasting seems to be gaining traction. The appeal: Dieters have to restrict calories for only two days a week. Research suggests this approach is more effective than trying to cut back on calories 24/7.
There's a movement to replace Miami Beach's historic homes with large, glitzy houses, and the cause celebre is a landmark house owned by a plastic surgeon and his wife, a cast member on TheReal Housewives of Miami.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, many employers are switching from traditional health care plans to what are known as high-deductible plans. These plans have lower premiums, but put patients on the hook for thousands in out-of-pocket expenses.
Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.
Bugs and summertime go hand-in-hand, but we are increasingly coming into contact with once-rare, disease-carrying insects. Buzzing in our ears, these pests have lots to say about globalization and the creep of invasive species.
Amid the gloom about Detroit's bankruptcy, people associated with Ford have lots to celebrate: an amazing history and a current surge in profits and jobs. So there will be dancing and celebrating at the party for the automaker and inventor.
The president is calling for more job creation, better access to education and a stronger middle class. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about Obama's economic tour around the country.
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