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California prisons struggle to adapt to desegregation

Apr 27, 2016
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Prisons all over America are seeing a new era of rapid, radical change. But things were different just a decade ago.

The tricky business of love, race and white privilege

Apr 26, 2016

Is love colorblind? According to the US Census Bureau, there are more than 5.3 million interracial and interethnic couples in the United States, and that number continues to grow.

Though the modern couple is growing more and more diverse, conversations about race and relationships can still be complicated.

Gov. Jan Brewer: Trump is a 'breath of fresh air'

Apr 21, 2016
Sam Mircovich/Reuters

Donald Trump was counting on New York primary voters to boost his delegate count, and they didn't fail to deliver: The billionaire businessman won over 60.5 percent of Republican voters on Tuesday night.

Though Trump is ahead in the delegate count, if he does not secure the nomination in the first round at his party's convention in Cleveland this summer, the delegates he's won are free to vote for another candidate in the second round.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

For decades, US presidents and Saudi Arabian kings have welcomed one another to their respective homes in Riyadh and Washington. The Saudis have provided the US with a reliable and cheap flow of oil since the 1970s, and have supported US policies in the Middle East for years — from the containment of Iran to support in Syria today.

Dungeons and Dragons has been part of the pop culture canon for decades. But when it gained popularity in the 1980s, several Christian organizations accused the game of leading children to Satanism, says Bonnie Bertram, a producer with the Retro Report documentary team.

Why a Holocaust survivor's violin has taken on a life of its own

Apr 15, 2016

Joseph Feingold was walking through a German flea market with his brother in 1947 when he first laid eyes on it: A sleek, shiny violin. Then just 23 years old, he knew he had to own it.

“We got the violin for a carton of cigarettes,” he says. “I walked the streets and I played the violin. It reminded me of my young years before the war.”

Setsuko Winchester

The world was in a dark place in 1941. While Americans remained committed to isolationism, much of Europe had fallen to the German Army, and Great Britain was barely hanging on.

Then came President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech.  

The 'Damsels of Design,' women who changed automotive history

Apr 12, 2016
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For all of the horror that emerged from the WWII, there were some bright spots: With the men out fighting, women were brought into the workplace.

In the mid 1950s, a visionary executive believed women could have a lasting impact on the automobile industry. Harley J. Earl, then the vice president of design at General Motors, introduced “The Damsels of Design,” a group of industrial designers.

Meet the man who spent 10 days with ISIS and lived to tell about it

Apr 9, 2016

Few individuals have gotten close to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lived to tell about it. Journalist and author Jürgen Todenhöfer is one of them. 

“I lived with them. Sometimes we slept on the same floor — there was just a Kalashnikov between us,” he says.

How the #EverydaySexism project empowers women

Apr 7, 2016
The Takeaway

The 21st century has been an awakening on many levels. While the feminist movement continues to gain steam, the idea of true gender equality remains an abstraction. It’s a simple truth that the Everyday Sexism Project is trying to capture.

Why is Trump winning? He's selling glamour – not policy

Mar 22, 2016
Joe Skipper/Reuters

Despite all the negativity and mudslinging, Donald Trump's campaign message is ultimately one of vague optimism.

"We are going to start winning again, and we’re going to win so much — you are gonna be so happy," he said after securing victory in the New Hampshire primary in February. "We are going to make America so great again, maybe greater than ever before.”

It almost sounds like a commercial, doesn’t it? If you vote for Trump, you’ll be rewarded with a life of prosperity and happiness. No need to worry about the details.  

In the days before and immediately after Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, I refused to talk about him on the air.

Ahead of his run, Trump had spent several years as the public face of the "Birther" movement. Despite available evidence, he openly questioned President Obama's place of birth, his citizenship and religion, and ultimately his legitimacy. This cynical sop to racists guaranteed that Trump stayed on TV and in the news as he built a constituency for what was then his special brand of carnival-style conspiratorial politics.

Bernie Sanders prepares for the long haul

Mar 17, 2016

Bernie Sanders added to his delegate count on Tuesday night, but he ultimately lost to Hillary Clinton in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. The Democratic candidates are currently tied in Missouri.

What does the future of the 2016 election hold for the senator from Vermont? The Sanders camp raised $42 million in February alone, and his team believes he still has a future on the campaign trail, according to Symone Sanders, press secretary for Bernie Sanders’ campaign (no relation).

Why are researchers missing signs of autism in girls?

Mar 15, 2016

One in every 68 children born in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Boys are supposedly four times more likely to have the condition, but clinicians often miss or overlook symptoms in girls, who are frequently on the less disabling end of the spectrum.

Since the disorder seems to appear more often in male subjects, the criteria for diagnosing the disorder is almost entirely developed from the study of boys. But a group of researchers recently launched a major study of autism in women and girls.

Xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise in Germany

Mar 14, 2016
REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The world continues to wonder what's next in the chaotic US presidential election, but it might be time to focus on the growing nationalism in Europe.

Frauke Petry is gaining influence in German politics. She’s the head of Alternative for Germany, a right-wing nationalist party, and the group delivered a big upset to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in regional elections over the weekend.

Left: Scott Audette, Right: Javier Galeano/Reuters

As Donald Trump continues to rack up delegates, Republican establishment and moderate GOP voters are struggling to stomach the presidential front-runner's rhetoric.

“I think Islam hates us," Trump said this week to CNN's Anderson Cooper. "There's a tremendous hatred. We've got to get to the bottom of it.”

For some Republicans like John William Schiffbauer, enough is enough.

Justin Trudeau's visit warms up the US' chilly relationship with Canada

Mar 10, 2016
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Love your neighbor as yourself?

That was the message President Obama seemed to be pushing when he welcomed newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House on Thursday.

“Our great countries have been friends a long time. We grew up together. And like all great enduring friendships, at our best, we bring out the best in one another,” said President Obama during a ceremony welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau.

Chris Carlson/Reuters

During her tenure, Nancy Reagan drew the nation's attention to the drug epidemic — the "Just Say No" campaign permeated popular culture at the time. Reagan, one of the most influential first ladies of the 20th century, died on Sunday at the age of 94.

But did her anti-drug message really work?

Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters

This week's theatrics surrounding the Republican primary generated lots of news and terabytes of political Internet arousal. But it has proven one thing: There is no way out of this nightmare for the GOP. 

Vulgarity challenge: Who captions the presidential debates? Um, she does.

Mar 4, 2016

As the clip above shows, during the last Republican debate in Houston, viewers saw five different candidates and a moderator trying to talk over each other.

It's difficult for the average person to make sense of exchanges like that. Now imagine that it's your job to communicate those exchanges, in real time, to millions of people who are watching without sound — some may be hearing impaired, while others might just be watching with friends at a bar.