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Serving openly as a transgender member of the military is just the latest development in the fight for gay rights. Their personal stories are compiled in a new book entitled, "With Honor and Dignity: Transgender Troops in their Own Words". Host Don Rush talks with with one of the editors Bree Fram about their experience.

Then, Rush looks at the changing images of Black women in America with Tamara Winfrey Harris, author of "The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America".

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With the nation's demographic change and the debate over racial issues white nationalism has become more visible and more acceptable in some quarters. Salisbury University Emeritus Professor Michael O'Loughlin ponders how deep that movement goes.

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And finally today, you might not recall where you heard him last - maybe on your streaming service, maybe at the dentist, maybe riding in an elevator, at the grocery store, maybe in your car. But you've definitely heard his music.

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And finally today, you might not recall where you heard him last - maybe on your streaming service, maybe at the dentist, maybe riding in an elevator, at the grocery store, maybe in your car. But you've definitely heard his music.

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And finally today, you might not recall where you heard him last - maybe on your streaming service, maybe at the dentist, maybe riding in an elevator, at the grocery store, maybe in your car. But you've definitely heard his music.

When CNN fired primetime star Chris Cuomo on Saturday, the network cited new information casting fresh and harsh light on his efforts to aid his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in combating sexual harassment allegations.

Yet CNN also acted a day after a prominent Washington, D.C., workplace attorney arranged to share materials supporting accusations by a former colleague of Cuomo at ABC News that he had sexually harassed her there.

Updated December 5, 2021 at 3:21 PM ET

Bob Dole, a longtime Senate Republican leader and the party's presidential nominee in 1996, died Sunday at age 98.

Dole's death was confirmed in a tweet by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Thomas Gavin may be one of the most prolific artifact thieves in U.S. history.

There are no movies or books about him, and no wild police chases or Indiana Jones-like adventures. In fact, until a couple of years ago no one even knew who he was.

But Gavin had been on a tear in the '60s and '70s, hitting nearly a dozen museums on the East Coast. He mostly stole antique firearms and stashed them in his hideout — a cluttered, non-descript barn in rural Pennsylvania.

Buying stuff is a part of America's DNA.

It's a tradition that really took off near the end of World War II, when the economy was thriving and the market exploded with products Americans didn't even know they wanted.

And even in an economy rocked by a pandemic, buying is on track to exceed 2020 levels this holiday season. The result of all that spending means consumption drives 70% of our country's GDP, but it's also driving very real environmental issues.

There are more homeless families in the United States than in any other industrialized country. The main cause is the lack of affordable housing.

Nearly 172,000 families experienced homelessness in 2020, making up about 30% of the homeless population.

Updated December 5, 2021 at 10:27 AM ET

Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That's according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization and misinformation are driving a significant share of the deaths in the pandemic.

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