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Madoff Is Sentenced to 150 Years for Ponzi Scheme
Diana B. Henriques
In 2009, Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for defrauding thousands of investors and billions of dollars.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.
Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles
Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for juvenile offenders to be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without any chance of being free.
Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case
Nina Totenberg discusses a re-enactment of the famous Supreme Court case, Tinker v. the Des Moines Independent Community School District.
First Woman to Wear a Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later
Camila Domonoske discusses the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon in 1967.
Aral Sea Demise Harms People Of Mujnak
All Things Considered, NPR
NPR discusses how the Aral Sea dried up and the impact it had on a nearby town.
Many Hits, Rather Than A Big One, Pose Greatest Concussion Risk
Nancy Shute discusses a study that explores the effects that several hits to head can have on the brain.
Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History
Michaeleen Doucleff discusses Alison Macintosh’s study of prehistoric women’s bones.
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
Three researchers discuss their experiment exploring people’s judgements of the perceived risks parents expose their children to.
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan
Morning Edition, NPR
NPR discusses the positive impacts a dam has had on the shrinking Aral Sea and its surrounding communities.
F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show
Eric Lichtblau discusses the F.B.I.’s surveillance of certain activist groups in his 2005 New York Times article.
2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia
Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace
Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace discuss the conviction of two leaders of the Khmer Rouge organization in Cambodia that committed crimes against its people.
U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data
Michael S. Schmidt, Eric Schmitt, and Keith Bradsher
This The New York Times article discusses Edward Snowden’s leak of secret government information.
Russia Tightens the Iron Curtain on Ideas
Harrison Salisbury discusses the Soviet Union’s practice of censorship during the Cold War.
After 40 Years, The Complete Pentagon Papers
Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts
In this 2011 The New York Times article, Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts discuss the declassification of documents that were leaked 40 years ago to the press.
PLESSY NEARS ITS END
The New York Times
Sixty years after the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, an author evaluates the state of racial segregation in the United States.
The Armed Forces Find Woman Has a Place
Nona Brown discusses the allowance of women to serve as permanent members of the armed forces.
A Thief Dines Out, Hoping Later to Eat In
This New York Times article reports on a man who commits crimes, hoping to be sent to jail.
Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies
John Steinbeck discusses the role of migrant workers in California’s agriculture industry.