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Essay: Thurgood Marshall and the ‘flawed document’

Alison Stewart discusses former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s mentor and one-time candidate for removal from Texas social studies textbooks.

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Is school out on ethnic studies in Arizona?

Less than a month after signing into law an immigration bill that has divided citizens and politicians alike, Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer approved a measure that restricts ethnic studies in the state’s public school curriculums.

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  Is ‘capitalism’ a dirty word?

Members of the Texas education board debate the merits of “capitalism” versus “free-enterprise system.”

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The science of invisibility is no fiction

Harry Potter fans, rejoice. Invisibility cloaks could become a reality if new research pans out.

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  The history of the pill

The advent of modern contraception in the 1960s stirred controversy. Taking the pill was easy. Integrating it into our society? Not so much.

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The open carry movement

Ed Levine carries a gun everywhere he goes. But not everyone feels comfortable with that.

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  A new season of hate in America

When political rhetoric crosses the line and turns to violence.

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Vampires, werewolves and … ducks. A chat with Charlaine Harris

What is it like to be the creator of a bestselling series of books (and the inspiration for HBO’s ‘True Blood’). Alison Stewart speaks with Charlaine Harris.

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  On the road in an Airstream packed with big ideas

Emily Pilloton takes her designs meant to change the world on tour.