August 7, 2010 A federal judge in Richmond refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state of Virginia that challenges the new health-care law. Not too far away, in the rural southwestern part of the state, crowds of the uninsured lined up for an annual free health clinic.
July 31, 2010 As Chelsea Clinton's pending nuptials demonstrate, weddings are increasingly notable for their amazing lack of intimacy and their evolution into industry, especially for celebrities. When you have to invite several hundred people to please the relatives or the company or Congress before you've invited even one friend from grade school, your wedding has as much intimacy as Times Square on New Year's Eve.
July 4, 2010 Few cities in the world are more identified with their subway systems than Paris. The second busiest metro system in the world after Moscow, it carries more than 4 million riders a day on some 16 lines to 300 stations. To ride it is a visual carnival, a living history, an urban love story about the chemin de fer, or "path of iron."
March 13, 2010 This week, the District of Columbia started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, many of them African-American. Many of Washington's black ministers don't turn away unmarried women with children. Yet they have condemned black people who want to marry same-sex partners and raise children.
December 20, 2009 In 1986, NPR's Jacki Lyden interviewed inmates in the only maximum-security federal prison in the U.S. described as "Level 6." The offenders there were considered the nation's most dangerous. Last spring, one of the men Lyden had interviewed gave her a call. Released after 35 years, Michael Geoghegan had gone looking for salvation.
November 1, 2009 Murray Fisher had a dream: Take the 600 miles of New York City's coastline and all the water surrounding it, and start a maritime high school that would teach inner-city kids about their watery world. His school, the New York Harbor School, is housed in the heart of Brooklyn. But soon, it will move to Governors Island, a tree-covered jewel 800 yards off the coast of Manhattan.
May 24, 2009 It takes an obsession to create a rose garden as glorious as the one Nick Weber has grown at his home in Ashton, Md. He calls it the "Heritage Rosarium," and it's filled with nearly 700 heirloom varieties of ramblers and climbers. Nick and his wife, Roseanne, open the garden to the public only once a year on Memorial Day weekend.