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Some say Hillary Clinton's overemphasis on voters' ethnic or gender identities cost her the election. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Christine Emba of the Washington Post, who defends "identity politics."

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with University of Michigan professor Alex Stern, who has completed a database of the thousands of people recommended for sterilization when California had eugenics laws.

Transgender people are concerned how rights may change under the new president. Many are hurrying to complete the process of changing genders on government documents before Donald Trump is sworn in.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay talks about her new documentary, 13TH, which explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States. The film's title refers to the 13th Amendment.

Senator-elect Catherine Cortez Masto is a Democrat from Nevada and will be the first Latina to serve in the Senate. She talks about what she hopes to accomplish in Congress.

The financial crisis in Puerto Rico is putting a damper on the holiday season, as more budget cuts are coming. There is talk of shutting down basic services like schools and hospitals.

Political strategist Ron Christie, film producer Tammy Garnes and Danielle Belton of The Root discuss President Obama's last news conference, Donald Trump's outreach efforts and the movie Rogue One.

Henry Heimlich, the surgeon credited with inventing the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims, has died. The move saved thousands of lives. But he had other ideas that were more controversial.

Andrew Tabler from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy takes a step back and examines the current situation in Aleppo, Syria and how the United States is involved.

There are many losers in the war in Syria, and some critics say that includes the U.S. and its credibility. For years, the U.S. has tried — and failed — to stop the killing.

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