Dems platform supports same-sex marriage Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte have adopted a plank in their party platform supporting same-sex marriage -- the first time a major party formally endorses same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian people in Minnesota are hailing the move, and say it could have an impact on the November ballot meaure that seeks to ban same-sex marriage through the state constitution.5:15 p.m.
Julian Castro Brings Post-Racial Politics To DNC
Julian Castro is the 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio. And on Tuesday he will make his national debut as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Audie Cornish talks to him about his Latino heritage, the possibility of post-racial politics and whether he sees a presidential run in his future.
Decades Later, South African Miners Sue Employers
Lawyers are filing lawsuits against South Africa's three largest gold mining companies on behalf of former employees who now have lung diseases. A recent court ruling has paved the way for the cases. Under apartheid, poor, black miners often labored under difficult conditions.
Bridging The Gap Between Two Neighborhoods
In the nation's capital, park planners have drawn up an ambitious plan to transform an old bridge into an active recreation space. If realized, the park would offer a physical and symbolic link between two very different communities.
'Pocket Parks' Start Popping Up Over All Over L.A.
Pocket Parks are little green spaces embedded in an otherwise built-up neighborhood. Urban theorists say it's beneficial to have small spaces like these that are less than 20,000 square feet and can serve people within a tenth of a mile of the park. Los Angeles has plans for 50 new parks like this and they're bulldozing foreclosed homes to make way for some of them. In this City Life Snapshot — we get a before and after picture of a new park on 49th Street in South L.A.
Book Review: 'The Yellow Birds'
Alan Cheuse reviews Kevin Powers' first novel The Yellow Birds, which is based on his real life experience serving in Iraq.
Egypt's Tumultuous Times Reflected In Its Art Scene
Egypt's post-revolution art scene is documenting the country's emotional roller coaster of a transition through music and graffiti art. Since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, small indie bands have popped up to sing or rap about the political situation in Egypt. The graffiti that lines Cairo's streets is also evolving with the transition.
Alaska Man Rolls Record Cabbage Out Of The Patch
Melissa Block speaks with Scott Robb of Palmer, Alaska, who has grown a world record-setting giant cabbage. It weighed in at 138.25 pounds at the Alaska State Fair. Robb has been nurturing a variety of world-record setting giant vegetables — including turnips and kale — for more than twenty years.