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Explaining Justice Kennedy: The Dignity Factor

The term "dignity" appears no less than nine times in the Supreme Court's landmark opinion overturning the 1996 law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage. It's a familiar concept in Justice Anthony Kennedy's writing.

Culture Clash Between Africans And African-Americans?

It's a special Africa-themed Barbershop this week. Host Michel Martin checks in with the guys to get their take on President Obama's visit, the culture clash between Africans and African-Americans, and the life of Nelson Mandela.

Love Lost Between Africa And President Obama?

President Obama continues his weeklong trip in Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks to Africa expert Howard French, of Columbia University, about the significance of the visit and whether Africa's love affair with President Obama is waning.

Can Africa Manage Its Own Growth?

Africa may be seeing lots of economic growth, but one group says there aren't enough business leaders to manage it. That's something the African Management Initiative is trying to change. Host Michel Martin finds out how it plans to train one million managers over the next decade.

Feds Bust Drug Websites Masquerading As Big-Name Chains

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado cracked down on more than 1,600 websites that the feds say are breaking the law in the way they're selling prescription drugs, some of them counterfeits.

Obama: U.S. Should Lead Assault on Climate Change

This week President Obama announced his plan to tackle climate change, including proposals to regulate gas and coal emissions, and brace the nation for rising seas. David Roberts, who covers energy and climate change for, talks about what to expect from the plan — and how much the president can accomplish without the help of Congress.

Aiming For 'Wild and Crazy' Energy Ideas

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, backs energy technologies that are too risky for investors, but offer a potentially huge payoff — if they work. The agency has gambled on flywheels, compressed air energy storage, lithium-air batteries, even wind-energy kites.

Who Are These 'Bankers' Ecuador Keeps Referencing?

Ecuador says the U.S. refuses to extradite two bankers who allegedly embezzled millions from a bailout. Officials keep referring to their request in relation to the Edward Snowden case.

U.S. Army Restricts Access To 'The Guardian' Website

The British newspaper was the first to publish recently leaked information about top secret U.S. government surveillance programs.

NSA Leaker's Father: Snowden Betrayed Government, Not The People

Lonnie Snowden said that he is concerned his son is being manipulated by WikiLeaks. He also said that he believes his son is willing to return to the U.S. under certain conditions.