This week, the U.S. Supreme Court jumped into the Affordable Care Act controversy again. At issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections can refuse to include contraception coverage in a basic health care plan. Joining us in our studio is NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, who was at the argument. Nina, thanks so much for being with us.
NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: My pleasure.
SIMON: Let's begin with just the facts, ma'am, if we could.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.
This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.
In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
This weekend, an event in Oklahoma City benefits a rescue group dedicated to re-homing retired racing greyhounds. Hounds of the Heartland holds its Greyhound Gala this Saturday afternoon at the Contemporary Arts Center. Hounds of the Heartland president Emily Hummel says some people might shy away from adopting a greyhound because of misconceptions about the way racing dogs are treated.
Adoptable greyhounds will be mingling among the guests at the event Saturday. More information can be found at houndsoftheheartland.org.
The long-haired, bearded vocalist known as Smooth McGroove arranges, performs and produces a capella renditions of classic video game tracks, from Final Fantasy to Street Fighter. He has more than 814,000 subscribers on YouTube to show for it. KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll spoke with him about his process, his background… and his cat.
A blogger in Broken Arrow works to show the wider appeal of board and tabletop games. Jason Dobson manages the website IndieCardboard, which he says takes a different approach to game-related blogging.
Science Museum Oklahoma presents a traveling exhibit that explores the science of rock music. The museum’s resident “Celestial Wizard,” Wayne Harris-Wyrick, took a break from running the planetarium to show KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll around. He says rock music is important because it reminds us of our roots and our development as a human race.
The first day at SXSW is about getting your bearings. Shaking off the jet lag, figuring out what you forgot to pack, remembering how long the lines can be and how the overwhelming crowds can sometimes part for a moment to give you a perfect look at a band you fall in love with on the spot.