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Is this the beginning of the end of beauty pageants?

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

NPR's Juana Summers talks with Amy Argetsinger, author of There She Was: The Secret History of Miss America, about the recent controversy surrounding the resignations of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.


An expert's takeaways from day 1 of Michael Cohen's testimony

Monday, May 13, 2024

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with author and attorney Andrew Weissman about former President Trump's hush money trial in New York and the testimony of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former fixer and lawyer.


Pregant women in some states aren't permitted to legally finalize divorces

Thursday, May 02, 2024

A decades-old Missouri law that may prevent a pregnant woman from getting divorced is being challenged by lawmakers. Advocates say changing the rule is urgent since Roe vs. Wade was overturned.


6 out of 10 Catholics support abortion rights despite church's stance, study shows

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Abortion is almost entirely illegal in some states. The Catholic church hopes to keep it that way, but many Catholics support abortion rights. How do they reconcile their politics with their faith?


Why Oregon schools rank among lowest in education gains following COVID disruptions

Monday, April 01, 2024

Students around the country are starting to rebound from the COVID era's massive learning disruptions. But students lag in Oregon, where some advocates say districts had too much leeway during the pandemic.


Obstetricians in states where abortion is mostly illegal face huge amounts of stress

Friday, February 23, 2024

A study shows that abortion restrictions take a toll — not only on women who can't access the procedure — but also on obstetricians who feel they can't provide the care patients need.


A Tennessee lawmaker helped pass a strict abortion law. He's now trying to loosen it

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Laws on abortion are out of step with public opinion. One Republican legislator in Tennessee is working to establish exceptions to his state's strict abortion laws, but he faces a tough battle.


How a friendship was forged on the front lines of the homelessness crisis

Thursday, November 16, 2023

An encampment of homeless people in Seattle caused an uproar in the area. One woman who lived across the street took a unique approach to the situation.


As Portland's teacher strike goes on, parents are in a bind to find child care

Friday, November 10, 2023

Some 45,000 students in Oregon's largest school district have been out of school for over a week as teachers continue their strike. How are parents coping?


What makes a good haunted house? Haunted house pros weigh in on the fun of fear

Monday, October 30, 2023

A husband-and-wife team are the brains behind ScareGrounds, a series of haunted houses in the Portland area. They also do sets for horror movies and got married inside one of their own haunted houses.


Patients struggle to navigate abortion with changing laws and provider confusion

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Abortion laws have changed so dramatically in the U.S., it's hard for patients to navigate what's legal where. A new study finds it's difficult even to know which hospitals offer abortion services.


Can states ease homelessness by tapping Medicaid funding? Oregon is betting on it

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Medicaid provides health care for tens of millions of low-income Americans. Now, for the first time, it's being used for housing and rent for people who are homeless or in danger of becoming so.


In Texas, a rare program offers hope for some of the most vulnerable women and babies

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Many pregnant people struggling with substance abuse don't want to get help for fear of losing their children to the state. Casa Mía offers safe harbor.


A Texas program works to help some of the most vulnerable women and babies

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

In the wake of the Dobbs ruling, there have been tens of thousands fewer abortions. People carrying these pregnancies are often marginalized. A Texas program helps some of the most vulnerable parents.


They tried and failed to get an abortion. Texas family grapples with what it'll mean

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Anna and Tony have six kids and are expecting a seventh. They couldn't afford to travel to where abortion is legal. With few places to turn to for help, they're worried about their family's future.


How a Texas family has been affected by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

It's been almost a year since the U.S. Supreme Court ended the federal right to an abortion. In Texas, one pregnant woman, who already has six children, is feeling this nationwide change acutely.


Few are tackling stigma in addiction care. Some in Seattle want to change that

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

A program in Seattle is helping people in drug and alcohol recovery overcome barriers to medical care in an effort to keep them off the street. A key piece is battling stigma from medical providers.


People struggling with substance abuse are sometimes mistreated by medical providers

Tuesday, June 06, 2023

A program in Seattle is helping people struggling with addiction and homelessness overcome barriers to medical care, including discrimination from health care providers.


Thanatologists are trying to recruit a new generation of people to the field

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Many hospitals employ thanatologists, someone who plays music, usually a harp, for people who are dying. The nation's lone school for the trade aims to recruit younger people to the career.


Maternity homes provide support in a post-Roe world, but not without conditions

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

A crisis pregnancy center in Idaho opened a maternity home in the months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The residents have more complicated stories than the home's founders expected.