The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking a new look at the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentences, and the movement to change the system has got some surprising allies, including some federal judges and many Republicans.
Before the Navy Yard shooting, a spate of killings and assaults by mentally ill transients unnerved Seattle residents, prompting questions and discussion. This week's tragedy in Washington, D.C., has added extra energy to that debate.
The new PBS series Latino Americans takes a look at the 500 year history of Hispanics in North America, and how it's shaped their identities today. Host Michel Martin speaks with award-winning filmmaker Adriana Bosch about the series.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual conference this week. Host Michel Martin talks with Representative Chakah Fattah of Pennsylvania about the foundation's new investment in minority-owned banks. Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association, also joins the conversation.
The new Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has been getting a lot of attention — but not all of it is positive. Host Michel Martin speaks with the ladies of the Beauty Shop about the pageant, and the idea of American beauty.
An analysis of gun ownership, crime and mental illness in 27 countries found that firearms deaths were more strongly associated with how many people own guns. The rate of mental illness appeared only weakly correlated with firearms deaths.
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