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‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and How We Talk About Race and Identity

From left to right: Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley), and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

OITNB isn’t perfect in its handling of race, class, and gender, but the series does get a lot right about the conversations people of color and white folks have amongst themselves and with each other, and how different identities and experiences shape those interactions.

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For Wichita’s South Wind Women’s Center, a Victory Against Clear Channel

South Wind (above) is a recently opened health center which offers both abortion services and other reproductive health services.

Tony Matteo, Clear Channel’s operations manager in Wichita, Kansas, announced Tuesday a reversal of the company’s earlier decision to drop the radio ads of the South Wind Women’s Center.

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Repro Wrap: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health Care

In California, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants will now be able to perform some abortions; a Montana pro-choice leader speaks out; and Kansas sees a win for the South Wind Women's Center.

In California, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants will now be able to perform some abortions; a Montana pro-choice leader speaks out; and Kansas sees a win for the South Wind Women’s Center.

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Turnout Thin for Lila Rose ‘March on Media’

"You should join us!" Lila Rose (above) told RH Reality Check.

“You should join us!” the founder of the anti-choice video group told RH Reality Check at a “march on media” rally in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that saw 150 or so people.

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Wendy Davis Makes Her National Press Club Debut

The national media has attacked Wendy Davis as a hypocrite for her stance on a 20-week abortion ban.

The Texas senator said she’s put her pink sneakers back to work “running on the trail.” Washington, D.C. reporters wanted to know if she meant the campaign trail in the next governor’s race.

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Hugo Schwyzer and the Consumption of Redemption Narratives

Hugo Schwyzer, appearing on the Ricki Lake Show in October 2012.

We think redemption narratives prove something about the human experience—when really, all they prove is that change is really, really hard, and we should be suspicious when someone claims to be 180 degrees different from whom they used to be.

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‘He Said/She Said’ Journalism: A Growing Threat to Public Health

Jenny McCarthy talks to CNN about her son's autism.

Actress Jenny McCarthy got more pushback for her anti-science statements on morning TV than most politicians do for making similarly discredited statements about reproductive health care.

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The Difference Between Anthony Weiner and a Flasher? Not Much

Without a smartphone and social media, the New York City mayoral candidate might well be riding the subway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

Without a smartphone and social media, the New York City mayoral candidate might well be riding the subway wearing nothing but a trench coat.

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Book Review: ‘Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies’

Miriam Zoll's horrifying personal story about using a host of Assisted Reproductive Technologies [ART] including In Vitro Fertilization [IVF] and egg donation in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part expose of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

Miriam Zoll’s horrifying personal story about using a host of assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization and egg donation, in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part exposé of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

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Helen Thomas: A Lifetime of ‘Firsts’

President Gerald Ford talks with reporters, including Helen Thomas (right), as White House Chief of Staff Richard Cheney looks on, during a press conference at the White House on September 30, 1976.

The mind of the legendary “dean” of the White House press corps was never much of a mystery. The woman said what she thought—even when you might wish she wouldn’t.

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