The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on a challenge by a Texas community to strike down an extension to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal recaps the day in court. Continue reading
John Hope Franklin, a revered Duke University historian and scholar of the African-American experience, died Wednesday at age 94. In this 2006 interview with Gwen Ifill, Franklin reflects on his life’s work. Continue reading
National Book Award-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed speaks about her book, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” and what sparked her interest in the family’s complex history. Continue reading
As the new first lady, Michelle Obama’s background and style have captivated the public. White House senior adviser and Obama family friend Valerie Jarrett discusses the first lady’s role and provides insight on life in the Obama White House. Continue reading
Herbert Gettridge struggled for years to rebuild his New Orleans home in the lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. In an interview, producer June Cross describes how she documented Gettridge’s story in “The Old Man and the Storm” which airs on “Frontline” on Jan. 6. Continue reading
Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed former state Attorney General Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat Tuesday, prompting objections by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. Reporters mull the move. Continue reading
Eartha Kitt’s first album, “RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt,” was released in 1954, featuring “Santa Baby.” The song has since remained a radio staple every holiday season, and there’s no doubt countless heard it on Christmas Day, the day she died.