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Large companies that pay for employees' health insurance often are forbidden from knowing how much providers charge and insurers pay for care. This makes it hard to shop for cost-effective providers.

Fifty years after the desegregation of the South, an oratorio will pay tribute to an unlikely civil rights activist — a waiter named Booker Wright who spoke out about discrimination on the job.

After the bust of the Great Recession, construction cranes once again tower over Miami. The transformation masks a difficult reality: This flashy city also remains one of the nation's poorest.

At 98, Miriam Moskowitz is going to court, seeking to overturn a conviction that has haunted her since the McCarthy era. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the retired teacher, who said it ruined her life.

Dr. James Watson is auctioning off the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA. Christie's auction house set the reserve price at $2.5 million.

Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice appealed his suspension from the NFL and won. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of about the significance of the decision.

On Monday, the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Mo. chose not to indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to The Guardian's Steven Thrasher about the political outcomes.

Iran is now receiving about $700 million a month in sanctions relief while talks on its nuclear program carry on. That's raising eyebrows among one group of Americans with a traumatic history in Iran.

A Texas training site prepares first responders to deal with emergencies like earthquakes and bombings. The facility is now turning to outbreaks like Ebola, and smart machines may play a key role.

This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde's poetry to make sense of this decision.




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