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From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

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From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story — including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out as gay.

Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

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Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

A lower court's ruling that threw out a Virginia law has been upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling quickly led North Carolina to drop its defense of its own ban.

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

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National Security

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes.

Shovels & Rope In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

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Newport Folk Festival

Shovels & Rope In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst radiates knockabout charm. Shovels & rope performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday.

New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care WNYC

Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?

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When Did Companies Become People?

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Law

When Did Companies Become People?

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some rights regarded as those solely for individuals. But NPR's Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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