In 2011, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction banning Los Angeles police from confiscating and destroying the belongings of homeless people on Skid Row. In the Los Angeles Times, Carol Schatz argues that the ruling, intended to protect the homeless, puts them in greater danger.
A river of 11,541 empty red chairs flowed through the streets of Sarajevo on Friday, honoring those who died in the Siege of Sarajevo 20 years ago. It might remind us today that while getting involved can be costly, there is also a cost for not acting — in lives.
A particular phrase we used in last week's coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting prompted many listener comments. Last week we also spoke to baseball legends (and New York Yankees) Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry. Host Scott Simon reads from listeners' letters.
It's been 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the anniversary brings with it a barrage of literature. Former NPR editor Rachel Syme has been keeping track of the new releases and lists her favorites here. Do you have a favorite Titanic book? Let us know in the comments.
One of the worst school disasters in American history occurred 75 years ago, when an explosion killed hundreds of students at a school in East Texas. The traumatic event etched itself into the memory of Kenneth Honeycutt, now 83.
With pride and sadness, writer David Freed watched his son Robert go off to the war in Afghanistan. In a piece in the Los Angeles Times, Freed suggests that politicians who vote or make orders to deploy service members don't understand the full extent of what it means to have a loved one serve.
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