The Winter Olympics are here, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has committed massive resources to make this a shining moment for modern Russia. But for months, controversy over Russia's "anti-gay propaganda" law has loomed. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Svetlana Zakharova, an activist with the Russian LGBT Network, and Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic magazine.
Attorney General Eric Holder has directed the Justice Department to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition." This means they will now have spousal privileges in federal courts. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with justice correspondent Carrie Johnson about the policy shift and what it means for same-sex couples.
Tennessee's governor has proposed to pay community college tuition for anyone who needs it. The plan is intended to help boost higher education completion rates for the state, which ranks near the bottom nationwide.
A report on health and social media finds that Wikipedia is the "single leading source of medical information" for patients and health care professionals. But not all the articles are accurate. To address that issue, Dr. Amin Azzam requires his fourth-year medical students to revise and publish medical articles on the site.
Many of Marilyn Nelson's most famous poetry collections are for children. Her latest work, How I Discovered Poetry, is a memoir about her own childhood, which was spent traveling around the country in the 1950s as the daughter of an Air Force pilot.
Compared to his work on Zero Dark Thirty and the Harry Potter films, Alexandre Desplat's Oscar-nominated score is strikingly spare. The composer says the film's tragic true story, contrasted with the lightness Judi Dench brought to the title role, made it one of the hardest he's ever worked on.
A Tunisian inventor has come up with a new design for wind turbines that may be cheaper and more efficient than current models. Ozy.com has this and more stories about moving beyond expectations, from HBO's True Detective to smart technology that's making us better tippers.
Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.