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A Chosen Exile delves into the history of African-Americans passing as white...
From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.
In a surprise move, the Supreme Court rejected appeals of same-sex marriage cases from five states, making gay and lesbian unions legal in Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Carmakers would like you to think that voice-command systems keep you focused on the road. Two new studies indicate voice commands, like Siri, more than likely cause distracted driving.
Rachel Martin talks to former CIA director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about his memoir, Worthy Fights. He mentions some significant foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration.
Fridays deadline to complete the translation was set after a U.S. District judge ruled the state violated the Voting Rights Act by not providing some native speakers with materials in their language.
The lapses by the elite presidential detail shined a spotlight on the agency. What does an agent do in a day? To find out, Rachel Martin talks to ex-agent Dan Emmett, author of Within Arms Length.