Gac Filipaj graduated this week with honors from Columbia University. The 52-year-old Albanian-refugee not only fled civil war to come to the U.S., but worked as a janitor at Columbia for nearly 20 years while taking English classes and earning his bachelor's degree. Host Michel Martin speaks with Filipaj about finally achieving his goal.
Glenn Close is known for her acclaimed performances in the films Fatal Attraction and Albert Nobbs, and the TV series Damages. But off-screen, she works hard to reduce stigma and discrimination attached to mental illness, which affects her family.
As five large fires burn thousands of acres and threaten some communities in the Southwest, federal response teams say they have plenty of resources available and that this wildfire season is actually getting off to a slow start.
A 43-year-old woman in San Clemente, Calif., suffered second- and third-degree burns on her right leg and right arm Saturday after rocks in a pocket ignited, fire officials tell The Orange County Register.
Despite a White House threat to veto the bill, the VAWA passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Democrats say the House bill doesn't offer enough protection for victims of abuse. Republicans say objections are just election year politics. Host Michel Martin talks with GOP Rep. Sandy Adams from Florida and NPR's Ron Elving and Don Gonyea.
A year after a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, President Obama is set to go back and deliver Joplin High School's commencement speech. Host Michel Martin speaks with Joplin High Principal Kerry Sachetta for an update on how the school and the town are recovering.
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