NPR reported the VA failed to keep its promise of benefits to thousands of WWII veterans exposed to mustard gas, and an unknown set of U.S. military tests singled out minority soldiers by race.
Renee Montagne talks to Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker about his article on the impact of U.S. hostage policy on 5 families whose children where held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State.
It is expected to announce changes to the policy on paying ransom for hostages kidnapped by militant groups. It will no longer bar a hostage's family from dealing with and paying ransom to captors.
Talks with Iran are entering a final push toward June 30th, when a temporary nuclear deal expires. Negotiators from the U.S. and other countries meeting in Vienna are seeking extensive inspections, and limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions. A key question is how much Iran will let the world in on its nuclear activity.
A report finds mixed results when it comes to how well medical marijuana works to calm pain and control symptoms. And an editorial says states legalizing pot for medical use may be jumping the gun.
Specialty medicines have forced some to choose between treatment and paying rent. California will put a lid on the amount anyone enrolled in most Obamacare plans can be charged for high-end medicine.
The suspected S.C. gunman's embrace of the confederate flag led police to think he'd aligned with white supremacists. David Greene talks to Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty law Center.
Bulgaria has long been a drug trafficking hub. As recently as the the 1990s, the government looked the other way. Now an EU member, it's working to stop the flow of Afghan heroin into Europe.
Summer is finally here and commentator Frank Deford rounds up some of the sights and (softer) sounds of the season. And he says it's time for a new job on the courts of Wimbledon.
As president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili boldly took on much larger Russia in a 2008. He promptly lost. Now he's a governor in another country, Ukraine, which is also doing battle with Russia.
Simone's recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story. A new film about her life asks the question, What Happened, Miss Simone?
NPR Presents Michel Martin: Streets & Beats