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For People Fired For Being Gay, Old Court Case Becomes A New Tool

Workplace discrimination against gay people is legal in 29 states. So some LGBT people have filed discrimination claims using a legal argument from a 1989 Supreme Court case about gender stereotypes.

Secretary Of Embattled VA: 'I Can Reset The Tone'

One of Robert McDonald's challenges is to get more doctors to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Another is to make the agency's structure easier for veterans to navigate.


Fraught U.S.-Russia Relationship Could Undermine Nuclear Security

A former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has worked with Russia for years on securing loose nukes and upgrading facilities in the former Soviet Union. Siegfried Hecker is now writing a book about two decades of of nuclear cooperation.

What Makes Valerie Jarrett Different Than Other Presidential Advisors?

Audie Cornish talks to The New Republic's Senior Editor Noam Scheiber about his profile of Valerie Jarrett and her impact on the Obama White House.

Newly Released Tape Captures Reagan Apology To Margaret Thatcher

Robert Siegel talks with presidential historian James Mann about the recently released tape of President Reagan apologizing to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Obama Backs Net Neutrality, Asks FCC To Regulate Internet

President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to craft the "strongest possible rules" to protect the principle of "net neutrality".

These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context and what's happening outside and inside your head.
NPR's Tech Improvements Mean You Can Now Window Shop

After a launch that failed last fall, the administration is hoping this year's open enrollment period goes more smoothly, by letting customers browse first.

Kidney Dialysis Company Expands Into The Hospital Business

DaVita HealthCare partners, a provider of dialysis for kidney patients, says its expertise working with very sick patients can help hospitals expand into wellness and prevention.

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

The federal government is putting $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of federal food benefits when people use them to buy fresh produce. This idea started small but became a hit.