Rachel Martin

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After Katrina, One Sister Moves On; For Another, 'Tomorrow Never Came'

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Ten years ago this month, the monster storm Hurricane Katrina thundered through New Orleans and coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Many who survived the storm and its aftermath are still feeling its terrible impact.

This week on For the Record: Hurricane Katrina's mark on one family, 10 years later.

In 2005, ...


More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Silicon Valley is a place that operates on data — hard facts and numbers.

Last month, the tech giant Facebook released a report on diversity among its workers — and the numbers weren't good.

The company reported that nearly 70 percent of its employees are men; 57 percent ...


Pro Gaming Joins Other Sports As It Begins Drug Testing

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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'Driving Straight,' Giving Back: Rebuilding A Life After Prison

Sunday, July 19, 2015

In a speech last week, President Obama made a case for overhauling the criminal justice system.

"Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it," he said.

Then he took his message to the people his proposals could affect most. On Thursday, he met ...


In The Abortion Debate, Rigorous Empathy And Common Ground

Sunday, June 21, 2015

In 1973, one U.S. Supreme Court decision launched 40 years of acrimonious public debate and legal challenges.

The legal fights over abortion continue today.

Last week, the abortion rights movement marked a win in North Carolina, when the high court turned down a request to revisit a North Carolina ...


Will The U.S. Win A Second Chance At A Sunni Awakening?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Five years after the U.S. ended its combat mission in Iraq, the Obama administration is ramping up the U.S. presence there. The White House announced last week that it will send 450 military advisers to Anbar province to support Iraqi forces fighting the so-called Islamic State.

It's a complicated ...


In Newark, Reversing 40 Years Of Neighborhood Neglect

Sunday, June 07, 2015

In cities with high crime rates, like Newark, N.J., figuring out the right balance of police engagement is especially hard.

In 2013, Newark had 40 homicides per 100,000 residents, the third-highest homicide rate in the country.

Last fall, the new mayor, Ras Baraka, announced a plan to tackle the crime ...


At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy

Sunday, May 24, 2015

There is a grim kind of math that comes with war.

Most of the troops who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were flown to Dover Air Force base in Delaware. And for most of the wars, those dignified transfers were off limits to the press. That changed ...


The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It is part of the American dream, the notion that if you have a good idea and a fire in your belly, you can turn an idea into a successful business. It's that entrepreneurial spirit that drives the global economy.

That message is everywhere in our culture. President Obama echoed ...


Being Transgender At Work Can Be Hard, But Made Easier With An Ally

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bruce Jenner's national TV interview with Diane Sawyer in April ended months of speculation. The former-Olympian turned reality-TV-star revealed that he now identifies as a transgender woman — though he still prefers to be called "he" for the time being.

Jenner was hailed as a hero for his openness ...


Remembering The Doomed First Flight Of Operation Babylift

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Forty years ago this month, North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon. The long war in Vietnam was coming to an end.

In the midst of the political fallout, the U.S. government announced an unusual plan to get thousands of displaced Vietnamese children out of the country. President Ford directed that money ...


'This Is Going To Be Too Hard': Keeping Kids From Using Pot

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for ...


Nepal Diverts Climbing Fees To Sherpa Welfare Fund

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Working Through Depression: Many Stay On The Job, Despite Mental Illness

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When a pilot crashed a Germanwings plane into a mountainside in the French Alps last month, one word kept coming up over and over in the media coverage: depression. What did the airline know about the pilot's mental health, and what was he required to tell them?

Of course, being ...


In Greece, Getting By On The Brink Of A Financial Meltdown

Sunday, April 05, 2015

For many countries, the worst of the Great Recession is over. Things aren't perfect by any stretch, but economies are growing again, employment rates are up and consumers feel more optimistic, which is important.

But that is not the case in Greece.

In the last 48 hours, this battered country ...


In New York, A Sculptor's Got Some S'plaining To Do

Sunday, April 05, 2015

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#NPRreads: Obsessing Over A Murder And The Times' Man In Tehran

Friday, April 03, 2015

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer ...


For Undercover Agents, On-The-Job Adrenaline Can Be Addictive

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Danger, subterfuge, adrenaline — as more agencies use undercover operatives, we take a look at what it's like to take on a false identity professionally.

A recent report out says the agency has made major improvements since Sept. 11, but still needs to boost its ability to collect intelligence.



For The Underdogs, Winning The NCAA Was Extra Sweet

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Every March, the madness takes hold.

The NCAA college basketball tournament might be the most emotional event in college sports. Sixty-four teams in a single-elimination tournament. The regular season can be blown away in a single game.

After that one tournament, it's all gone. But we always remember those ultimate ...