The Barbershop guys discuss President Obama's speech on the Middle East, Arnold Schwarzenegger's shelved acting career and Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts' announcement that he is gay. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, screenwriter John Ridley and The Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin.
Pelosi flexes her muscles after being elected as the first female House speaker on Jan. 4, 2007.
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Capitol Hill staffers hold signs while participating in the launching of the RNC-sponsored "Fire Pelosi" bus tour last September in Washington. The former House speaker says she doesn't have time to worry about the attacks on her. "You just have to decide," she says. "Do I care about that, or do I care about getting a job done?"
Political wives have been all over the news this week. They've been portrayed as victims of their husbands' infidelity, and as obstacles to their husbands' careers.
But what about women who aren't accessories to candidates, but are the politicians themselves? The person who achieved the highest political rank for a woman in American history shares her experience.
When talking about women in politics, Nancy Pelosi thinks back to her high school debate team.
President Obama suggested Thursday that Israel revert to the territory it held prior to its gains in the Six Day War of 1967, while allowing for swaps of land between Israel and a future Palestinian state. A look at how the borders have changed over time.
Beth Terry of Oakland, Calif., doesn't own a car and takes her bike out to do shopping. She keeps tallies of her plastic waste on her blog.
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Mary Richert of Annapolis, Md., is trying to grow her own produce to curtail her oil and energy consumption.
As many Americans struggle with higher gas prices, others look for ways to live using fewer fossil fuels. They pursue a personal form of energy independence — and they are finding that it's no easy feat.
About a year ago, following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe that released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Mary Richert decided that she wanted to live a life free of oil. "I quit," she told American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. "I just want to stop using oil completely. I just don't want to ever see it or think about it again."
Many of us here on NPR's Science Desk bike to work, and not just on Bike To Work Day. And like bike commuters everywhere, we delight in grumbling about the cars, trucks and buses that cut us off, drift into our lanes and honk at us.
But we'll also, mind you, tut tut at the cheeky fellow bikers who swoosh recklessly through red lights, speed down sidewalks and block crosswalks.