Access to HIV and TB treatment has been improving worldwide. The rate of new infections is going down. But tuberculosis remains deadly, especially for the poverty stricken — TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011. Luwiza Makukula was diagnosed with HIV and TB after her husband died in 2001. Not only was she sick, she was completely isolated. Today, she works with NGOs focused on treatment, care, and support for HIV/TB patients, including Zambia's Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+). Luwiza Makukula joins us.
Author Cheryl Strayed’s mother had just died. Like many in our region, she turned to nature for solace. And hiked a big part of the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT is a place where you can keep on walking until your mind finds stillness, or at least until you're eaten by a bear.
Leaders of some cities in Washington state say public-records requests take a big bite out of their already strained budgets. A new bill in Olympia aims to fix that. It would limit the amount of time and money cities in Washington would have to spend on public-records requests. Ross Reynolds talks with the bill's prime sponsor, Representative Dean Takko.
There are 1.1 million charities in the US and they raise around $1.5 trillion a year. But former NPR Chief Executive Ken Stern thinks we don’t ask enough about the charities we give to. What should we be asking? Ross Reynolds talks with Ken Stern about his new book, "With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give."