It's been a year since Washington state voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. That's meant some big changes along Interstate 5, sometimes called the "Marijuana Highway." Police are phasing out pot-sniffing dogs, but are becoming more vigilant about what some call "green DUIs."
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's use of crack has embarrassed the city he serves and made his name into a punch line. In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin looks beyond the jokes, to what Ford's situation says about addiction.
For women, hair care can be a sensitive issue. But now one woman is picking a fight over hair care with the state of Texas. Host Michel Martin speaks with Isis Brantley who is suing the state for the right to teach hair braiding.
Hazing and bullying are commonly found in schoolyards and fraternities. But pro sports? The NFL is investigating possible harassment within the Miami Dolphins between veteran guard Richie Incognito and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Host Michel Martin speaks with sportswriter Kevin Blackistone about the culture of bullying and hazing within the NFL.
Election results in Virginia, New York, Detroit, and New Jersey are getting national attention. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, and Jerome Vaughn of Detroit's NPR member station WDET, to talk about Tuesday's winners and losers.
Some argue that workers should be able to move more freely in a global economy. But others push back, saying an influx of labor into the richest countries would devalue workers' worth and actually hurt more in the long run. A group of experts debates for Intelligence Squared U.S.
In an interview, the Pentagon chief says adjustments need to be made soon so that spending on health care, retirement benefits and related programs don't leave the nation with "a military that's heavily compensated, but probably a force that's not capable and not ready."
Democrat Terry McAuliffe wins a squeaker in Virginia. Republican Chris Christie enjoys a laugher in New Jersey. A "big business" Republican defeats a Tea Party challenger in Alabama. Those are among Tuesday's highlights.
Tax-exempt social welfare groups have become the vehicle of choice for big political contributions. NPR, in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics traces the money moving through a Washington, D.C., group, and the law that makes this activity possible.
The coffee giant says it will hire at least 10,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years. It joins companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing in trying to bring down a stubbornly high unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.