North Carolina's Eugenics Task Force is considering how to compensate thousands of victims of a state-sponsored sterilization program that lasted until the 1970s. Rationalization for eugenics ranged from protecting offspring of mentally disabled parents to improving overall health. To learn how and why N.C.'s eugenics board did what they did, host Michel Martin speaks with retired psychologist Mary Kilburn, who administered IQ tests on those deemed appropriate for sterilization by N.C.'s Social Services.
Starting July 1st, Ga. will require employers to verify all workers are legal, and police can check suspects' immigration statuses and send illegal immigrants to federal authorities. With undocumented workers reportedly fleeing Ga. by the thousands, farmers are complaining they can't find enough laborers to harvest crops. To learn more about these concerns, host Michel Martin speaks with Paul Bridges, Mayor of Uvalda, Ga., and Jeanne Bonner, who covers the state legislature for Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Now that President Obama has announced plans to reduce troops in Afghanistan, what will happen to women's rights in that country? Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Samira Hamidi, country director of the Afghan Women's Network, and Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relation's Women and Foreign Policy program.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the estate of Anna Nicole Smith in its quest to capture some of the $1.6 billion estate left behind by her late Texas billionaire husband," The Associated Press reports.
Bluegrass Oakwood has cut about 200 jobs because of a dip in the number of residents at the Somerset facility for the developmentally disabled. Shannon Ware, CEO of Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation, said Wednesday that 168 people were laid off, but the total number of positions eliminated was about 200. The remaining positions that were eliminated were open positions. The cuts were across all levels of the organization. The layoffs were announced Friday, and employees were given 30 days notice.