October 27, 2009 On today's show, we talked about offensive costumes with Carmen Van Kerckhove of the blog "Racialicious" (who admitted to once donning a costume she now regrets). Some may dismiss this as political correctness run amok, but Carmen explains the pa...
September 28, 2009 Hospitals have long been able to pick up the phone and talk to a language interpreter to help them communicate with patients. The use of such over-the-phone interpretation may be spreading. The pharmacy chain Rite Aid plans to offer such services in all of its stores nationwide.
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September 8, 2009 A woman is called into the rebel hut at-will. On her return, she dips a washcloth into a basin and cleans her private parts with all the mundane ritual of someone washing her hands. A fourth wife, desperate to escape and gain some sense of control...
September 7, 2009 Okay, I've interviewed a lot of different people over the past two decades, including a bona fide "star" here or there. So when the TMM folks told me they'd booked Elmo (of Sesame Street), I didn't think much of it. ... Cute gimmick. Sure, I'll pl...
September 7, 2009 Some celebrate Labor Day as a formal end of summer. But before colder days arrive, NPR arts producer Felix Contreras shares the perfect music tunes for a farewell summer barbecue.
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September 4, 2009 Now, while all this is perfectly survivable, it's a really crummy way to spend a date. It might not end a romance where you feel like Juliet and he's Romeo, but it's daunting for the average "he's-a-nice-guy-you-both-like-Thai-food-and-enjoy-kara...
August 28, 2009 A recent report showing that a growing number of baby boomers struggle with addiction prompted listeners to respond with their own stories of how substance abuse has affected their lives. Also, hear why one listener says some gay men should blame themselves for why straight women see them as the perfect tag-along accessory. Guest host Jennifer Ludden and digital media producer Lee Hill comb through listener feedback.
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August 27, 2009 I loved my grandmother, but she was a product of her times. I don't think I've ever eaten a Brazil nut, but I know about them because Grandma called them "nigger's toes." I have some vague memory of her using the term "darkie," but really, I'm no...
August 24, 2009 Muslims are celebrating Ramadan this month and we talk about whether older children should take part in the ritual fast — that would be no food, or even water, from sunup to sundown. You'll hear from one dad with who has two teenage sons. They bo...
Luis Jimenez in 2003, after being deported from Florida's Martin Memorial Medical Center to Guatemala City, Guatemala.
July 31, 2009 A Florida jury recently decided that a hospital acted "reasonably" when it deported a patient who was an illegal immigrant to Guatemala. Some experts think the case could make hospitals warier in the future about treating undocumented patients.
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July 27, 2009 Under civil rights laws, health care providers who accept federal money must provide interpretation for patients who can't speak English. But the law doesn't compel the government or insurers to pay for it. As Congress debates a health care overhaul, medical providers are hoping that will change.
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July 22, 2009 For more than a decade, U.S. administrations have struggled with whether immigrants who are victims of domestic violence can qualify for asylum in the U.S. In a new legal brief, the Obama administration says it supports asylum in some abuse cases.
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July 13, 2009 Some in the Hispanic community hope to undermine efforts to count illegal immigrants in next year's census. They want undocumented immigrants to boycott the count to send a protest message to Congress. But boycott opponents say it won't make a difference.
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July 8, 2009 As Congress wrangles with overhauling the country's health care system, there is one population that isn't being discussed. No proposal for a national health plan would cover the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
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June 26, 2009 Years ago, Jim Crawford of New Morning Farm noticed that rhubarb had fallen out of favor. His Pennsylvania neighbors were letting the tart perennial languish in their gardens. But Crawford has seen a resurgence in demand for rhubarb, often fueled by nostalgia.
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