Guest Host Martha Plimpton: Politics and Abortion; Ira Glass on David Rakoff; a New Literary Journal; Fighting HIV/AIDS in India; Why Humans Love Animals

Martha Plimpton fills in for Leonard Lopate. First, Slate's Amanda Marcotte discusses states restricting abortion access and other reproductive rights. This American Life's Ira Glass talks about David Rakoff's final work—a novel written in verse. Uzoamaka Maduka talks about the new literary journal The American Reader. Meena Seshu, founder and secretary general of SANGRAM, discusses fighting HIV/AIDS among sex workers in India. Dr. Vint Virga explains what animals can teach us about being human.