The World Health Organization recently announced that radio frequency electromagnetic fields, like the ones produced by billions of cell phones worldwide, could be carcinogenic. Scientists still have not pinpointed a clear link, but the research indicates our cell phones might be putting us at risk of developing cancer. NPR's health blogger Eliza Barclay explains the recent research on the issue.
This week, President Obama formally proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Advocate and writer Kenyon Farrow and R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for gay and lesbian rights among conservatives, discuss the current challenges facing the LGBT community.
The letter 'T' in LGBT stands for transgender, a term used for people who feel they were born as the wrong gender and often transition from male to female or female to male. Recently Janet Mock, an associate editor at People.com, revealed she was born a boy. Mock says she knew she was meant to be a girl since she was four. Janet Mock talks about her family, her transition and why she decided to talk publicly about it now.
Host Michel Martin marks the passing of two historic lives. Former Black Panther Geronimo Pratt died on Thursday in Tanzania. He served 27 years in prison for a murder he insisted he did not commit, before his conviction was overturned in 1997. Martin also marks the death of Albertina Sisulu, a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Sisulu spent months in jail for her work championing the rights of women and children. She was 92 years old.
British anti-terror activities took a decidedly sweet turn, last year. The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Associated Press, among others, are reporting that British intelligence agents hacked into one of al-Qaida's English language publications and swapped out a recipe for home-made bombs with recipes for American cupcakes.
After a call from Chile's Communist Party for a formal investigation into whether poet Pablo Neruda was assassinated under orders from Gen. Augusto Pinochet, a judge has ordered a probe of Neruda's 1973 death.
Indie-rock band Okkervil River is one of the most prominent acts in one of our country's most musical cities: Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998 by high school buddies, Okkervil River went through the typical garage-band phase when it self-released its first material. In 2000, the band, taking its intriguing name from a piece of Russian fiction, paired with producer/engineer Brian Beattie for the LP Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See.