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Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years. Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process of doing so. That includes Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last Friday requiring the state to allow online voter registration by 2017.

How does free college sound?

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders will propose legislation on Tuesday that would make tuition at four-year public colleges free – much like it is in many European Countries.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, about how various European countries offer free college tuition, and how well such a model might work in the United States.

For hundreds of years, people have been talking about machines taking jobs from people. Less often discussed: machines creating new jobs.

In the first part of the 20th century, agricultural technology — the tractor, chemical fertilizers — meant a single farmer could suddenly grow much more food. So we didn't need as many farmers. Technology destroyed a huge number of farming jobs.

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders' intent was to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new."

In a complicated legal battle that touches on questions of free speech, copyright law and personal safety, a federal appeals court has overturned an order that had forced the Google-owned YouTube to remove an anti-Muslim video from its website last year.

Jeff Bauman lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. He’s walking today though on two high-tech prosthetic legs.

Here & Now’s Robin Young spoke to him last year about his book about his experiences called “Stronger,” and she paid a visit to his home on Sunday to hear his reaction to the death sentence handed down on Friday against bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Millions of women could lose access to free mammograms under changes to breast cancer screening guidelines that influence insurers, the consulting firm Avalere estimates.

The Avalere analysis is based on an update to breast cancer screening recommendations proposed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a group of medical experts whose work guides health care standards and policy. The public comment period on the proposal expires Monday.

Worker-rights groups are calling labor conditions in Qatar "horrific" and urging FIFA sponsors to take responsibility ahead of the 2022 soccer World Cup. Their call comes on the same day the BBC said a reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari jail for trying to film migrant workers who are building the infrastructure for the sporting event.

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From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans in the workforce. Silicon Valley executive Martin Ford says that robots, once thought of as a threat to only manufacturing jobs, are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalists, lawyers and others in the service sector.

Gender Pronouns And The History Of 'They'

May 18, 2015

The use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral singular pronoun is gaining wider acceptance, even among copy editors. But linguist and Wall Street Journal columnist Ben Zimmer says the use of the universal pronoun ‘they’ is nothing new.

Zimmer tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that writers including Chaucer and Shakespeare have used “they” instead of he or she. But will modern-day English speakers adapt their style to incorporate “they”?

Airlines in the U.S. are expected to see 4.5 percent more passengers than last year, a record number, according to the industry trade group Airlines for America.

From June through August, about 2.4 million passengers a day are expected to fly on airlines in the U.S., and in response, airlines are working to increase the seats they have available by more than 4 percent this summer.

Jerusalem-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi is widely acclaimed for his restaurants and the cookbooks “Plenty” and “Jerusalem,” which he wrote with Sami Tamimi, who is Palestinian.

"Hello Twitter! It's Barack. Really." And with that, President Obama became part of the Twitterverse. The White House announced Monday that @POTUS would be "the official Twitter account of the President of the United States."

According to a post on The White House Blog:

As Feet Grow, So Do These Shoes

May 18, 2015

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale: a shoe that grows. But for Nampa, Idaho, resident Kenton Lee, the shoes are the answer to a question he first asked eight years ago after spending time in an orphanage in Kenya.

There, he noticed that children were cutting holes in their shoes to accommodate growing feet, if they had shoes at all.

President Obama’s top legislative priority right now is trade, specifically a Pacific Rim trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He has a lot of support from Republicans, namely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but some Democrats are having a hard time seeing things his way.

Americans spent $70 billion on the lottery in 2014, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, which looked at spending in the 43 states where lotteries are legal.

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson calculates that’s more than $230 for every man, woman and child in states where the lottery is legal – more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets and recorded music sales.

No one can compare to the great bluesman B.B. King, who died last week. But today we’re taking a moment to remember another artist who was a legend in his own right.

In 2009, Congress created the Special Immigrant Visa Program for military interpreters from Afghanistan. It was modeled on a similar program for Iraqi interpreters. The program allows Afghan linguists who spent more than a year working for U.S. forces to apply for a U.S. visa.