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Cycle Of Deployment Strains Military Marriage

As he rose through the ranks, Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris saw his marriage to his wife, Lisa, slowly unravel. In 2009, the two decided to try to make their marriage work. Now they tour the country, sharing the lessons they've learned with troops. Originally broadcast on May 10, 2012.

Add A Little Texas To Your Holiday Cookout

Memorial Day marks the start of barbecue season for many backyard grillers. Host Michel Martin gets some tips for how to grill it up. She checks in with rockabilly singer Ruby Dee, author of Ruby's Juke Joint Americana Cookbook.

Polls Show Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Influencing Blacks

African-American opposition to gay marriage has declined significantly since President Obama's announcement, according to three polls.

Blacks, Gays And The Church

If public perceptions and pundits are to be believed, black churches are overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage. Except, it's not true.

Disability Claims Rise Among Veterans

The Associated Press recently reported on the growing numbers of veterans filing new disability claims after returning from war. Close to one out of two veterans who've served in Iraq or Afghanistan have now filed disability claims for service-related injuries — more than double the rate of previous wars. Marilynn Marchione of the AP offers her insight.

Ahead Of Memorial Day, Veterans Remember

We hear from veterans about their memories of those who died in combat. Stories are from Jill Knappenberger, who served in the American Red Cross during World War II; former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran; and Butch Bracknell, an Afghanistan and Iraq serviceman.

N.C.'s New Gay Marriage Ban Leaves Couples In Limbo

Courts may have to decide if North Carolina localities that offer domestic partner benefits to employees must cease the practice, now that voters have passed a statewide ban on same-sex marriage. Those receiving the benefits also are unsure whether they will continue.

Under Summer Sun, Presidential Race Heats Up

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Scott Horsley about the aggressive campaigning in recent weeks by both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Both men are focusing on jobs and the economy.

Musings On The NBA Draft Lottery

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca, who has an off-speed pitch on the week's sports news.