Social Issues

 
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  American Voices: Rasanath Dasa

Rasanath Dasa, a former investment banker who participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests, quit his job to become a Hindu monk.

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  Braking the banks

Need to Know travels to D.C. to examine Better Markets, a nonprofit advocating for increased Wall Street regulation.

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  Taking the initiative

Need to Know travels to the Bay Area to examine the Family Independence Initiative, a program designed to help the working poor help themselves emerge from poverty.

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  American Voices: Msgr. Kevin Sullivan

The executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York talks about society’s obligation to serve those in need.

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SCOTUS rules on sentencing juvenile offenders

The United States Supreme Court ruled today that it is unconstitutional for juveniles convicted of murder to be automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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  American Voices: Lt. Commander Pam Wall

Lt. Commander Pam Wall discusses the unique advantages nurses have when it comes to delivering mental health care to wounded veterans.

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  Sonja Batten on veterans care

The V.A.’s deputy chief consultant for specialty mental health talks to Scott Simon about treating traumatized vets once they return home.

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U.S. to stop deporting some young immigrants

Bypassing Congress, President Obama issued an executive order to halt the deportation of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally.

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Five ‘Stand Your Ground’ cases you should know about

Although Florida was the first to enact a Stand Your Ground law, 24 other states enforce similar versions. ProPublica highlights some of the most notable cases where a version of the Stand Your Ground law has led to freedom from criminal prosecution.