Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, just turned 40. Host Neal Conan speaks with Linda Greenhouse, who covered the Supreme Court and writes in a New York Times opinion piece that it was about "the rights of doctors...acting in what they considered to be the best interest of their patients."
Confirmation hearings begin on Thursday for President Obama's pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nominee Sen. John Kerry told a Senate committee that he would come to the job at a moment when the world is "complicated and ever more dangerous."
The military's lift of the combat ban for women potentially opens up thousands of front-line positions, but many women in uniform argue they've long served in front-line units. Host Neal Conan talks to Lt. Col. Samantha Nerove about what the change may mean and her experiences in the military.
In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin says the Manti Te'o fake-girlfriend-drama is just another piece of evidence that adults have failed when it comes to teaching kids about sexuality.
Host Michel Martin talks about first lady Michelle Obama's agenda and challenges for the next four years. She checks in with Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino, and Lonnae O'Neal Parker who recently wrote about feminists' response to Michelle Obama for The Washington Post.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting a long-standing ban on women serving in combat. To break down what it means, host Michel Martin speaks with Politico's Tim Mak, who covers defense and national security.
Reality TV shows have gotten big ratings over the past few years — and the crazier they are, the more popular. Some people say it's just harmless entertainment, but critics say the on-screen fighting and confrontations have disturbing effects on young women.
White, who prosecuted terrorists during her time as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, would succeed Mary Schapiro, who stepped down in December. The president is also planning to renominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Pentagon is expected to officially announce Thursday that it will lift the military ban on women in combat. The defense chief's groundbreaking move opens up thousands of front-line positions for women. For more on the Pentagon's decision Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Bowman. And from Kentucky, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN has reaction from Fort Campbell.
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