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Monday, October 13, 2014 | 11:00 am
Singer-songwriter Doug Seegers. (Courtesy Doug Seegers / JohanyLitalo)

Country singer Doug Seegers was homeless for years in New York and Nashville. He’s out with a new album and will break your heart.

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Monday, October 13, 2014 | 10:00 am
Yemeni-American Ahmed al-Moflihi, who is thought to have participated in the ongoing civil war in Syria. (NPR News)

A young American, arrested at O’Hare airport, allegedly on his way to join ISIS. Who is drawn to this? And why?

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Friday, October 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra at a recent tour performance. (Courtesy Spanish Harlem Orchestra)

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Salsa, jazz and a lot of great energy. We’ll hear their sound.

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Friday, October 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
Married couple Penny Kirby, left, and Terri Henry kiss during a gay marriage rally Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Same-sex couples in Utah were celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for gay marriages to begin in this state and 30 others. (AP)

America’s first Ebola death. Leon Panetta blasts the President. US teens and ISIS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 11:00 am
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gestures as she speaks at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.  (AP)

Joan Biskupic on the Supreme Court’s first Latina justice, Sonia Sotomayor, and the high court’s agenda now.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 10:00 am
This Sept. 11, 2013 file photo shows oil pumps the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe, both higher and lower, are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc. (AP)

Despite the Middle East crisis and Russian tensions, world oil prices are plummeting. We’ll look at why and what it means for rising clean energy.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) and members of the US Conference of Mayors gather at New York City's Gracie Manion in August 2014. (Courtesy US Conference of Mayors)

We talk with mayors from across the country on going local to find the future. Plus: Jack Beatty on Boston’s own Mayor Menino.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 10:00 am
Dr Tom Kenyon, director of the Center for Disease Control's Center for Global Health, listens to a question at a news conference in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014.  (AP)

Are we ready for Ebola? The CDC says it will stop Ebola in its tracks in the US. We’ll hear what it’s really going to take.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 11:00 am
Author and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert. (S Griffin / Random House)

Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has been in the road in the USA. He says America has lost its way. He joins us.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 10:00 am
Supporters hold up campaign signs during a debate between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, at the Kansas State Fair Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Hutchinson, Kan. (AP)

We go to the deep red state of Kansas, where Republicans from the Senator to the Governor may lose their seats in the midterm election.

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Monday, October 6, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from "Star Wars" movie released by 20th Century-Foxin 1977, where an Imperial stormtrooper, one of the fearsome soldiers of the Galactic Empire, fires at the fleeing Princess Leia. (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

A long time ago in a galaxy called George Lucas, “Star Wars” was born. We look at how “Star Wars” conquered the cultural universe.

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Monday, October 6, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a pair of U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group's coffers, activists said. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Matthew Bruch)

War powers, the White House and the Islamic State. Some see Presidential overreach in the US military push right now. We’ll take it up.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this 2014 photo released by NPG Records, Prince performs in Birmingham, England. (AP)

Musical icon Prince is back. With two new albums. We look at the life and music of the Purple One.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid recent White House security breach. (AP)

Secret Service director, out. Ebola, in America. Hong Kong protesters versus China. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 11:00 am
Duluth, Minnesota's Canal Park Lakewalk, shown here in 2005. (Jacob Norlund / Creative Commons)

What makes a good place to live in America today? We’ll talk with the people who size up our cities and towns.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 10:00 am
Kurds in Turkey look over the border with Syria toward the embattled town of Kobani. (David Takaki / Twitter)

ISIS and the battle for control of the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have it. ISIS wants it. The US is bombing. We’ll look at the lessons of the battle for Kobani.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 11:00 am
Actress Eva Longoria, center, Henry R. Munoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, left, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are seated at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee, at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP)

Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 10:00 am
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 10:00 am
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 | 11:00 am
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel; the entrepreneur, investor and the PayPal co-founder’s call for deep invention.

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Friday, September 26, 2014 | 11:00 am
On Point host Tom Ashbrook raises a toast with a glass of fresh apple cider in the On Point studios. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

All about hard cider. It’s all over these days. And sweet, fresh apple cider, too. We’ll look at the history and comeback.

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Friday, September 26, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, to announce Holder is resigning. (AP)

Syria airstrikes. Obama at the UN. Climate protests. And Derek Jeter says goodbye. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 11:00 am
Playwright Tennessee Williams attends a memorial service for poet Dylan Thomas in 1953. (Library of Congress)

Great American playwright Tennessee Williams’ battle for art and sanity – a big new biography brings his story alive.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 10:00 am
Displaced Iraqi Christians and Yazidis settle at diocese of Zakho, 300 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Islamic extremists shot 80 Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses reported Saturday. (AP)

The news is full of beheadings, but ISIS fighters are now infamous for a campaign of sexual violence. We’ll look at the Islamic State’s war on women.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 11:00 am
An image from the Princeton University campus. (Instagram / @JessHeart23)

A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out “excellent sheep.” A sharp critique of the Ivy League.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 10:00 am
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product in Cupertino, Calif. Some experts believe Apple Pay, with its presence on millions of iPhones and its advanced security features, could be the service that leads to widespread adoption of the so-called mobile wallet.  (AP)

After cash. More and more, people are just waving their phone to pay. Now comes Apple Pay. We’ll look at where this goes.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 11:00 am
Fabiano Caruana, of Italy, was the winner of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, MO. His seven straight wins in the tournament are virtually unprecedented in the history of the game. (Courtesy US Chess Champs)

A young grandmaster just did the impossible at a top chess tournament. No one paid attention. Does chess still matter?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 10:00 am
Cindy Cook holds a photo of her mother, former Rep. Alice Cook Bassett, at her home in Calais, Vt., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Cook took care of her mother in December when she decided to stop eating and drinking to put an end to her life. (AP)

A bipartisan report says medical care at the end of life needs a big overhaul. One bioethicist says, “After 75, no major interventions. Let me go.”

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Monday, September 22, 2014 | 11:00 am
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

Big climate protests in New York before a big UN summit. Activist and author Naomi Klein says change the economy or die. She’s with us.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP/Evan Vucci)

A tough, critical examination of US plans to take on ISIS. Strategy in the hot seat.

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Friday, September 19, 2014 | 11:00 am
Joseph O'Neill (courtesy of the author)

Author of “Netherland,” novelist Joseph O’Neill is back, with “The Dog,” on globalization, capitalism, and self-discovery in Dubai.

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Friday, September 19, 2014 | 10:00 am
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 11:00 am
(Flickr/AisleTwentytwo)

Billionaires. We’ll look at the super super rich, and their global shaping of our world.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
Flickr/Steve Rhodes

After a summer of deadly clashes between Gaza and Israel, we talk to Jews on the left and right about the future of liberal Zionism. Some say it’s over.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 11:00 am
Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)

A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.”

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 10:00 am
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson watches from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP/Ann Heisenfelt)

The NFL’s Adrian Peterson and the emotional debate underway about how far is too far to go when it comes to disciplining children.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 11:00 am
From "Rich Hill"

“Rich Hill,” a new documentary on growing up poor, now, in rural America. The dreams and the desperation.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 10:00 am
Jasmin Torres helps classmate Brianna Rameles with a worksheet at the Diloreto Magnet School in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012. (AP/Charles Krupa)

More parents are “red-shirting” their children in kindergarten—holding them back for a year, hoping they’ll have an edge. Does it work? We look.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 | 11:00 am
This Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 file photo shows hikers on the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. (AP/Carson Walker)

Uproar over development plans for the Grand Canyon. We go to the Navajo Nation and the Canyon floor to see what’s at stake.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 photo, Middle Eastern leaders stand together during a family photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Royal Terminal in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

President Obama says he will build a coalition of partners in the Middle East to combat ISIS. We’ll do a reality check on who’s really stepping up for what.

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Friday, September 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

#WhyIStayed. We’re looking at women in and out of relationships of domestic violence.

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Friday, September 12, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, to discuss options for combating the Islamic State. (AP/Evan Vucci)

The President’s ISIS strategy. The Ray Rice video. Congress is back. Apple’s new watch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.  (AP/Saul Loeb, Pool)

The President lays out his strategy to take on ISIS. Will it work? We’ll look at the key factors in America’s new military commitment.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt is the highest paid female executive in America. Founder of Sirius Radio. She was once a man. Now she’s pushing digital mind clones for us all.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
H.D.S. Greenway in East Pakistan (David Burnett)

Longtime foreign correspondent H.D.S. Greenway opens his notebooks on American power abroad—and how it’s changed.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this June 11, 2014 photo, Jack Ma, right, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP/Andy Wong)

It may be the biggest Wall Street IPO in American history, and it’s not even an American company. We’ll look at China’s tech giant Alibaba going public in the U.S.A.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 11:00 am
Allan Smith plays his bagpipes for the passing tourists that stop at the Scotland-England border at Carter Bar, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP/Scott Heppell)

Scotland is about to vote on breaking away from the UK. Britain. We’ll look at the breakaway movement, in Scotland and beyond.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 10:00 am
Health workers,  attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus,  at a clinic  in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP/Abbas Dulleh)

An urgent plea for more help to slow the epidemic of Ebola in West Africa. We look at the exploding challenge.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
Online dating is as much a matter of online data collection as it is online matchmaking. (Don Hankins / Flickr)

We’ll talk to the co-founder of dating site OkCupid about human nature, love and the future of big data.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 | 10:00 am
This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after a deadly attack two days earlier. (AP)

Investigative reporter Mitch Zuckoff goes deep on Benghazi. What really happened. What it could mean.

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Friday, September 5, 2014 | 11:00 am
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton in performance. (Andrea Carter / Courtesy Tierney Sutton)

Jazz singer Tierney Sutton on the improvising life in music and her Baha’i faith.

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Friday, September 5, 2014 | 10:00 am
Secretary of State John Kerry, center, talks with President Barack Obama as British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, finishes speaking at a meeting of NATO leaders regarding Afghanistan at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.  (AP)

Another beheading. Obama and NATO. Nude pics hacked from the cloud. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 11:00 am
The `country breakfast' plate at the Stamford, Conn., City Limits Diner consists of eggs, house-made hash brown potatoes, sausage, bacon and ham, plus multi-grain toast from bread baked on the premises, as photographed Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2004. (AP)

Maybe Dr. Atkins was right: a big new study says a low-carb—high fat, high protein diet—is better for us. We’ll look at what that means.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama, center, accompanied by the leaders of Baltic States, from left, Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvia President Andris Berzins and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, speaks after their meeting at Kadriorg Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  (AP)

Europe stumbling – economically, and maybe more – as a new challenge rises from Russia.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Fall 2013 photo provided by the University of Idaho, students in the University of Idaho’s first Semester in the Wild program take a class in the Frank Church-River Of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (AP)

MacArthur “genius” Ruth DeFries looks at humanity’s long, deep integration with nature – and what comes next. She’s hopeful.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 10:00 am
This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Video released Tuesday, Sept. 02, 2014, purports to show Sotloff's murder by the same rebel group. (AP)

Another beheading claim and ISIS’s use of social media in its grab for power.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 11:00 am
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 10:00 am
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

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Nov 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Nov 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

 
Nov 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

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Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

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The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

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