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Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.

Veteran Tom Tarantino says allegations of delayed health care for veterans should be taken more seriously. But he says the care can be great, "once you actually get in" the system.

Though the denomination still considers homosexuality a sin, some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are telling pastors to rein in harsh rhetoric and accept that gay people are in their pews.

Improving access to clean water can reduce the spread of diarrheal diseases in developing countries. The "Drinkable Book" should help: It has water safety tips and each page works as a filter.

A survivor of the Turkish coal mine disaster that killed more than 250 talks about the hours he spent trapped below ground. He's now afraid to return to mining, and wonders how he'll make a living.

Measles and mumps outbreaks in the U.S. are at an all-time high. NPR's Scott Simon talks with professor of preventive medicine William Schaffner about how the viruses are spreading and why.

With the U.S. imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, what happens to U.S. and Russian co-operation in space? NPR's Scott Simon speaks to correspondent Jeff Brumfield about the future of the program.

Iran wants relief from economic sanctions, but the International Atomic Energy Agency wants answers about rumored weapons programs before it makes a new agreement.

In a historic election, Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist party ousted India's long-ruling Congress party. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Julie McCarthy about what this political shift means for India.

The government recently released a trove of information on how much doctors are charging Medicare. It does seem like some doctors are overcharging, but the explanation of high fees can be complicated.

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