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The leading lady of Houston

The leading lady of Houston

04/10/15 11:09AM

When Annise Parker was first elected mayor of Houston in 2009, people balked that a deep south city was the first to elect an openly gay Mayor. Texans weren't--they had already elected Parker to office six times. Today, she’s one of only three female mayors of a major U.S. city. Married in California and mother of four adopted kids, she&... watch

Apaches occupy sacred land to be destroyed...

Apache tribe occupies sacred land to be destroyed by mine,...

04/09/15 04:55PM

Oak Flat—once part of an Apache reservation—is considered sacred space by the local tribe but it was awarded to a mining company through a defense bill in 2014 and will be completely destroyed. Now the tribe has occupied the land and refuses to leave, claiming their freedom of religion is being infringed upon. watch

Fighting the stigma of disability

With muscles wasting, fighting the stigma of disability

04/01/15 06:58PM

After 13 years working for the United Nations and UNICEF as a spokesperson for children with disabilities in nine countries, Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan was forced to leave the field due to the deterioration of her rare and progressive muscle wasting disease, HIBM. She no longer can dance or have children, but she continues her work as a... watch

Protesting sexism in her backyard

Protesting sexism in her backyard

03/25/15 03:24PM

Micol Hebron looked at artists with gallery representation and found a gender disparity of around 70 percent male to 30 percent female. In response, she organized an exhibition in her backyard to screen videos solely by women. watch

Piles of presidential memorabilia with...

Piles of presidential memorabilia with nowhere to go

03/24/15 04:04PM

Austin Wright inherited scores of political artifacts covering the presidencies of George Washington to George W. Bush from his father Jordan, a prominent collector. Now Austin is looking for a new home for the 1.25 million pieces of Americana that currently lie stacked in a NYC storage bin. watch

The Abortion Diarist

Traveling U.S., she takes oral histories of abortion

03/20/15 01:53PM

After an abortion at age 17, Melissa Madera was unable to talk about the experience until age 30. She created “The Abortion Diary” podcast to document other women’s histories of a most private moment, and create the conversation she found lacking. watch

LGBT vets make history at Boston St. Pat’s...

LGBT vets make history with march at Boston St. Patrick’s Day...

03/16/15 08:26AM

OutVets became one of the first LGBT groups to ever march in South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade after organizers voluntarily accepted their application. In the 1990s, the Supreme Court upheld a ban by organizers that kept LGBT groups from marching in the annual event because it was privately funded. watch

A refuge for women's history

A refuge for women's history

03/12/15 06:57PM

Since 1941, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College has been salvaging the women's archive to give prominent figures their rightful place in history. watch

Priest, pioneer Malcolm Boyd reflects on life

Priest, pioneer Malcolm Boyd reflects on life

03/09/15 08:51AM

In his final interview, gay rights pioneer, best-selling author and priest Malcolm Boyd reflects on his legacy, his early career in Hollywood and why he left it to become a priest and what advice he has for younger generations. watch

US Troops in Vietnam: The Arrival

US Troops in Vietnam: The Arrival

03/09/15 07:47AM

Fifty years ago, on March 8, 1965, U.S. Marines landed on the beaches of Da Nang, marking the first official engagement of American troops in the Vietnam War. Chapter one of this series, which looks back at the U.S.’s first year in the war 50 years on, considers the Vietnamese civil war under President John F. Kennedy, the Gulf of Tonkin attack... watch

Pasco chief on force policy: "I don't know...

Pasco police chief on lethal force policy: "I don't know the...

03/03/15 09:42PM

In the days after an unarmed Mexican migrant, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, was shot to death for throwing rocks at cars and officers in Pasco, Washington, the largely Latino community protests while police chief Robert Metzger is unable to define the department's policy for adequate use of force. watch