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Republican candidate for Senate, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, lost to Claire McCaskill. (Christian Gooden/AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, )

'Legitimate rape' not Akin's first gaffe, or last

10/03/12 05:15AM

Two months ago, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin made headlines for insisting that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" can't get pregnant. That instance outed the Republican Senate candidate as dangerously uninformed at best, and sexist at worst. ... read more

Ohioans 'sleeping out' for early vote tonight

Ohioans 'sleeping out' for early vote tonight

10/01/12 09:13PM

If my church home back in Philadelphia, Mother Bethel A.M.E., is skipping a worship service, you know something's up. The reason they did so yesterday was a good one if civic participation and responsibility is your thing:As the city, state, and nation await the fate of Pennsylvania's new voter-ID law a little more than a month before... read more

California Gov. Jerry Brown looks on during a news conference at Google headquarters on September 25, 2012 in Mountain View, California.

Domestic workers movement hits speed bump in California

10/01/12 03:58PM

The domestic workers rights movement suffered a significant legislative defeat on Sunday when California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed that state's proposed Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The law would have mandated that all of California's estimated 200,000 domestic cleaners, health care workers, private cooks and child care... read more

Trafficking survivor Aisha Graves, one of our guests today.

Human trafficking is your problem, too

09/30/12 02:07PM

This is a guest post from one of our guests today, FAIR Girls executive director Andrea Powell, written prior to her appearance today.Human trafficking isn’t something that happens "over there." I know this because as co-founding Executive Director of FAIR Girls, I spend my days side by side with girls from all over America who have... read more

In our September 30 show, we'll get technical

09/30/12 09:45AM

A far cry from the microchips, wires, and bits and bytes that form them, what computers have come to mean in our culture has manifested itself in so many positive and negative ways. It's no different in politics, where campaigning has seized technology as a way to reach out and connect in an emotional and substantive way. read more

Good Look: Willie Nelson arrives in #nerdland

09/30/12 09:31AM

Last week, we had the legendary Willie Nelson join us from the road to talk not just about his 27th year of Farm Aid (which was a big success on Saturday):"I was just hoping to help farmers be able to farm food and feed their families," Nelson told the Patriot-News of the event's origins in an interview on Friday. "There was... read more

Marion Leary and one of the Philadelphians she helped.

Meet Marion Leary, micro-savior

09/29/12 09:50PM

Melissa began today's "Foot Soldiers" segment with a fable about a starfish, meant to illustrate the power of doing even a little bit to make a difference -- even when the difference you're making appears to some as too small to bother. read more