"My dad was a doctor, and when I was 6 my family moved from the center of the garment industry, New York City, to North Carolina, America's garment manufacturing state," recalls Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning. One of his last acts of mayor was to back a city memorial to the so-called comfort women of World War II, a move that angered its sister city, Osaka.
What does it mean to be white? And what does it mean to be Hispanic? Being a Spaniard from Barcelona, Jaime Gonzalez always considered himself to be European and white. But as a BBC reporter working in California — he has found that many Americans see him differently.
Not long after the shooting in Charleston, a US House of Representatives committee rejected a measure that would have allowed the CDC to conduct research into gun violence, leaving intact a ban pushed by the NRA back in the 1990s. That leads to odd gun violence reports that are not about guns.
The Dalai Lama prohibits his followers from praying to what he considers the malevolent deity of Dorje Shugden. But adherents of this practice, many of them western converts, say the Tibetan religious leader is guilty of persecution.
Purvi Patel is the second pregnant woman in Indiana to be charged under the state's law against "feticide," a law originally passed to protect pregnant women from harm. Patel was sentenced Monday to face up to 20 years in prison, in a case has alarmed advocates for women and immigrants.
In 1950, singles were just 22 percent of the adult population. Now, they've taken over. More than half of American adults are single, and that may have some surprising benefits — from the way people join civic groups and socialize to how they take part in the lives of their hometowns.
The conversation about events in Ferguson involves race, but maybe not in the way you think. While a new study showed that most white Americans don't have non-white friends, many people say it shouldn't be taken as an indicator of personal racism but rather large-scale issues that deserve the real attention.