February 28, 2013 Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has the weight of the world upon him — no friends, an alcoholic father and a brother who has just been injured in Vietnam. But the protagonist of this NPR Backseat Book Club book finds solace in an unlikely place — the pages of Audubon's Birds of America.
February 27, 2013 New Jersey is the newest state to make online gambling legal. Its law limits participation to state residents, but how will that be enforced? And groups that help compulsive gamblers are worried that gamblers won't have to go to casinos to feed their addiction.
February 27, 2013 Most public schools are unlikely to feel the effects of the sequester before September. But educators and administrators nationwide are worried they may be forced to cut Head Start enrollment, after-school programs, reading coaches and even teachers when those budget reductions hit.
February 27, 2013 YouthRadioMost parents think that their kids eat healthfully. But in reality, they may not know much about their kids' eating habits, especially as their children get older. Many kids don't talk to their parents about what they eat, and sneak unhealthy snacks after school.
February 27, 2013 A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed ready to invalidate the section of the Voting Rights Act that applies to specific parts of the country where discriminatory voting procedures were once routine. Liberal justices were skeptical of the legal challenge, but the conservative majority sharply questioned the government's defense of the law.