Author Luis Alberto Urrea's writing career has focused on life along the U.S.-Mexican border and the lives of people who cross it. Changes in state and U.S. immigration policy all influence those lives — and thus Alberto Urrea's work — in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
When Colum McCann came to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1980s, he set out on a cross-country bicycle trip to get to know his new country and its stories. He's spent the years since telling those tales through prose. With his Story Swap project, McCann is helping diverse communities better understand each other by sharing their own stories.
College is now four times more expensive than it was 3 decades ago, pushing student loan debt over $1 trillion. A key reason for this growth is the competition among schools for status and prestige, says Kevin Carey, education policy director at the New America Foundation.
Launching a hunger strike to protest a perceived political injustice is not exactly new, but it is relatively rare in the U.S. The U.S. postal workers unions are trying to turn the heads of members of Congress with the tactic.
Linda Hirshman's new book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution draws on hundreds of in-depth interviews and archival material to chronicle the fight for gay rights in America. Hirshman talks to Michel Martin about some key leaders in this history and how their accomplishments have expanded opportunities for those who do not identify as LGBT.
Life sentences for juveniles who commit murder are now considered cruel and unusual punishment, according to a new Supreme Court decision. Host Michel Martin discusses the closely divided ruling with George Washington University law professor Paul Butler. He's the author of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice.
A Michigan couple wed at a lakeside resort, and what better place for a photo than on the dock? When the wedding party lined up, the dock collapsed. So along with the bride and groom, everyone "took the plunge," as The Grand Rapids Press put it.
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