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Laws are chipping away at democracy around the world

Global Politics

New research shows how recent laws have slowly eroded the role of nongovernmental agencies all over the world . Experts have said that these actions threaten democracy in countries where institutions have already become weak. See where and how laws like these have had their biggest impact.

Special Guest: Scott Turow

Arts, Culture & Media

Aha Moment: Perry Mason vs. “The Paper Chase”

Arts, Culture & Media
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The Supreme Court is considering whether immigrants detained for more than six months should have a chance at bail

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Florida allows any resident to challenge textbooks — and it has some science supporters concerned

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Coming to America: A mistake? Many parents of DACA recipients are wondering.


At a protest in Jackson Heights, New York, one mother says she sometimes wonders if she made the right choice to leave Mexico.


A new law rolls back certain internet privacy measures. How can you shield your browsing data?


A new law allows internet service providers to mine and sell your internet browsing history. Two privacy experts outline practical steps you can take to help mask your online communications.

The World

Takeouts: Gulf oil spill threatens Democrat’s climate bill, listener responses

Conflict & Justice

Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how the oil spill that threatens the business and environment of the Gulf Coast region is also threatening Congressional Democrats who hoped to pass a sweeping energy and climate reform bill. Listener Responses: We hear what you had to say about the Times Square bomb attempt and […]

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What is often called ‘illegal immigration’ isn’t really treated as illegal

Global Politics

Within the immigration system, there’s often no bright line difference between immigrants who came legally and those who broke immigration laws.

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The US has come a long way since its first, highly restrictive naturalization law


If left unchanged, the country’s first law regulating the naturalization of foreign-born Americans would have made it illegal for nearly all of today’s immigrants to become American citizens. Here’s how that changed.