Children of color are reportedly over represented in special education classes in Minnesota and other states. For more on whether anything can be done about it, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Dan Losen of the The Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
The holidays can be difficult if you've lost a loved one through suicide. Guest host Celeste Headlee gets tips for coping. She hears from Eric Marcus of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, whose father and sister-in-law took their own lives and psychiatrist Christine Moutier.
More than 80,000 Harlem residents are being promised free public wireless internet. But similar projects in other cities have run out of fuel. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with the New York City Housing Authority's Dupe Ajayi about the plan.
Brightmoor is one of many blighted neighborhoods in Detroit, but a small group of people is hoping to save it through farming. For more, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Riet Schumack, co-founder of Neighbors Building Brightmoor.
Phil Robertson also says he won't "back off from my path." The reality show star has been suspended by A&E for his comments about homosexuality. Meanwhile, Cracker Barrel apologizes to customers for removing Duck Dynasty merchandise from its restaurants and says it will bring the goods back.
For millions of Americans, Dec. 23 is the last day to sign up for individual health plans to be assured of coverage Jan 1. That's the case in all 36 states that use the federal website healthcare-dot-gov.
In these last several days of 2013, Morning Edition is having conversations about the future. Steve Inskeep talks to Vanessa Cardenas, vice president of Progress 2050, a project of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, about election demographics.
Here's an example of off-beat stories from United Press International: Germany dropped the longest word in its language. Maker's Mark had plans to lower the alcohol content in its whiskey. And a Canadian dentist bought John Lennon's tooth at auction, hoping to use it to clone the Beatle.
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