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Comedy's Self-Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies

In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.
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Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder has focused attention on the shame that sometimes accompanies mental health diagnoses in the African-American community. Psychiatrist William Lawson joins NPR's John Donvan to discuss why such a stigma exists.
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Wheelchairs Welcome? Not Everywhere.

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent describes incidences of clubs, offices and public spaces posing obstacles for him and his wheelchair. He joins NPR's John Donvan to discuss the places where those in wheelchairs still don't feel welcome.
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Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

The president weighed in on controversial comments made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for the Senate. Akin said that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.
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White House Dinner Rewards Kids Who Eat (And Cook) Their Veggies

Kale and quinoa, anyone? Some kids and parents who created recipes for a healthy eating contest were honored at the first Kids State Dinner today hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let's Move campaign partners.
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Being Good Students In Sherman, Texas

The Service Station is the campus hub of organized service activities at Austin College. Students run it and plan all the community service projects.
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The Challenges Female Vets Face When Coming Home

As more troops return home, the transition can be difficult, especially for women who served. Services designed to help veterans are not always equipped to deal with the needs of the nearly 2 million female vets. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses their unique challenges with women involved in the film, SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home.
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State Voter ID Laws Hang In The Balance

With a few months left before the presidential election, voter ID laws are in limbo in a number of states. Critics say the laws disenfranchise eligible voters, supporters say they prevent voter fraud. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the court challenges and national implications with NPR's Corey Dade and Pennsylvania activist Bob Previdi.

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