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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 10:00 am
The west front of the U.S. Capitol is seen under repair and in the reflecting pool, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Washington. (AP)

Congress is back with a full fall schedule: Iran deal, budget and debt ceiling, the Pope’s visit and more. We’ll dig in.

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Monday, September 7, 2015 | 11:00 am
Acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie is shown on a stage discussing his life and work in Treasure Beach, Jamaica in 2014. (David McFadden/AP)

Acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie joins us on his latest novel where the worlds of genies and mortal humans collide.

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Monday, September 7, 2015 | 10:00 am
Cover of "Why We Work." (Courtesy Simon and Schuster)

People want jobs, and then more. Fulfillment, challenges, meaningful work. Give that, studies show, and the bottom line grows.

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Friday, September 4, 2015 | 11:00 am
Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Serena Williams. The undisputed queen of tennis, and what she’s meant in sports and beyond.

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Friday, September 4, 2015 | 10:00 am
A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of a migrant child after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (DHA/AP)

Migrant crisis in Europe. The Iran deal, cleared. A Kentucky clerk and gay marriage. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 11:00 am
Journalists protest the murder of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa Becerril in Mexico City, on Aug. 2, 2015. (Marco Ugarte/AP)

Three Vice News journalists arrested in Turkey. A wave of journalists in prison. In graves. We’ll look at journalists worldwide under pressure.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 10:00 am
A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, on July 29, 2015. The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates soon. (Richard Drew/AP)

Should the Fed finally raise interest rates? In spite of the stock market roller coaster? We’ll dig into the Fed weighing the end of free money.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 11:00 am
Actor Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar, in the Netflix Original Series "Narcos." (Daniel Daza/Netflix via AP)

A new Netflix series “Narcos” takes on the story of the rise of the “King of Cocaine” — Pablo Escobar. We’ll look at drug trafficking then and now.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 10:00 am
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley addresses the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/AP)

We talk to Martin O’Malley, former Maryland governor and now Democratic candidate for the presidency. He’s been tough on Trump – and on his fellow Democrats.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 11:00 am
Oliver Sacks (Elena Seibert)

Oliver Sacks, celebrated neurologist and best-selling author, has died at 82. We’ll listen back to our remarkable 2013 interview with Oliver Sacks on life and aging.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 10:00 am
Denali is seen from a window on Air Force One during descent into Anchorage, Alaska on Aug. 31, 2015. (Pete Souza/White House)

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama’s in Alaska. We’ll look at the stakes.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 | 11:00 am
While the jury still deliberates, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H.  Labrie was convicted by a jury of several misdemeanors, but ruled not guilty in the most serious felony sexual assault charges. (AP)

A verdict in the New Hampshire prep school rape trial. And calls for changing sexual assault laws.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 | 10:00 am
A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday.  (AP)

Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We’ll look at the way forward with the New York Times’ Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

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Friday, August 28, 2015 | 11:00 am
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

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Friday, August 28, 2015 | 10:00 am
WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 11:00 am
Amy Seek's memoir is "God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother"

Open adoption. How one birth mother gave up her child for adoption and stayed in his life.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 10:00 am
The slow-going struggle for mental health parity (Getty Images)

Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don’t they?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 11:00 am

Author Elisabeth Egan’s new novel is a kind of kiss and tell on life inside Amazon. She takes us there.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 10:00 am
Young Sino and his daughter Demarri Warren participate in a remembrance event along the Industrial Canal flood wall, seen in background, in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert 8/29/14)

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We’ll look at how the city struggled, rebuilt, recovered — and where it stands now.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 11:00 am
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The service is for four Marines and a sailor killed as a result of attacks on a military recruiting station and a Naval operations center July 16 in Chattanooga. (AP)

The Democrats and their 2016 options. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, maybe Joe Biden. Who do Democrats want?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 10:00 am
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Stocks tumbled across Asia on Monday as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector.  (AP)

The message in global stock markets – about China, the US and the whole world economy. We’ll dive in.

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Monday, August 24, 2015 | 11:00 am
Vladimir Nabokov poses in a Buick somewhere outside of Ithaca, New York in 1958. (Carly Maydans - Life / Getty Images)

He brought us “Lolita” and “Pale Fire.” We’ll look at Russian-born author Vladimir Nabokov and how his most famous work was shaped by his time in America.

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Monday, August 24, 2015 | 10:00 am
Scotty Brown, 32, left, of Chicago, kisses Roger Knight, 31, of Chicago, as they get married during the Chicago Pride Parade on Broadway Street on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Chicago. (AP)

What makes people gay? Evidence is mounting for nature over nurture. We’ll look at the latest research on human sexuality.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 | 11:00 am
U.S. Army Army 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, right, speaks with reporters, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga., where she was scheduled to graduate Friday from the Army’s elite Ranger School. (AP)

Two women, graduating from the Army’s Ranger School. First time ever. A real achievement. Should American women fight our toughest battles?

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Friday, August 21, 2015 | 10:00 am
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., works the grill in the Iowa Pork Producers Tent with Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, right, during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.  (AP)

Iowa politics. Hillary’s email. A Bangkok blast. Protests in St. Louis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 11:00 am
The original members of N.W.A. in 1989, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. (Wikicommons / ringerfan23)

From “Straight Outta Compton” to rap right now, we’ll look at the evolving politics of hip hop.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this June 12, 2014 file photo, oil pumps and natural gas burn off in Watford City, N.D. Methane emissions will likely be the next big environmental issue to face North Dakota's booming oil industry according to a top official at the state's Department of Health. (AP)

The EPA says methane may be more dangerous than CO2 for global warming. Wants to clean up drilling wellheads. There’s a fight on.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP)

The brutally demanding, competitive work culture at Amazon and the future of American work.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions. (AP)

Candidate Trump has got the GOP squirming with his hot talk on immigration. A full wall. Mass deportation. We’ll look at the fallout from Trump’s attacks.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | 11:00 am
Rose McGowan attends the premiere of "The Overnight" at the Sunshine Landmark on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in New York. (AP)

Actress and feminist Rose McGowan on sexism in Hollywood and how to fix it.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (AP)

The great debate over the Iran deal – who is coming down where, and why.

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Monday, August 17, 2015 | 11:00 am
Mara Jacqueline Willaford, left, holds her fist overhead as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to greet the crowd before speaking at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle.  (AP)

Black Lives Matter protesters have confronted Democratic candidates over attitudes on race and criminal justice. We’ll hear them out, and look at African-Americans and the Democratic Party.

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Monday, August 17, 2015 | 10:00 am
CalFire firefighter Bo Santiago lights a backfire as the Rocky fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fire has charred more than 60,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 residences.  (AP)

Thousands of acres are ablaze in the West and there could be more wildfires to come. Is it time to change the way we fight these fires?

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Friday, August 14, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this July 5, 2015 photo, an Indian man uses Los Angeles-based dating application Tinder in New Delhi, India. (AP)

The numbers that rule the dating game. We look at how demographics are making it much harder for women and changing the way we date today.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, smoke and fire erupt into the sky after an explosion in the Binhai New Area in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality early Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP)

Jeb attacks Hillary. Trump attacks FOX. Ferguson after a year. China devalues its currency. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 11:00 am
Protesters shout towards the Diet building during a anti-war rally in Tokyo, Monday, July 27, 2015. Protesters gathered outside parliament, opposing a set of controversial bills intended to expand Japan’s defense role at home and internationally. The banner reads: "Stop war bills".  (AP)

Seventy years after Japan’s World War II surrender, Japan is making moves to give its military more room to fight again. We’ll look at what that could mean in Asia and beyond.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 10:00 am
Femen activists chanting slogans and carrying signs reading: Abolition of Prostitution, No Demand No Offer, walk towards the French National Assembly in Paris, Friday June 12, 2015, as part of a demonstration asking for the abolition of prostitution. (AP)

Amnesty International votes to support decriminalizing sex work. Prostitution. We’ll dig into why, and the reaction.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this June 11, 2015, photo, a hexacopter drone is flown by Intelligent UAS, during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers in Cordova, Md. (AP)

As populations rise, arable land shrinks and the Earth grows warmer, we look at how technology and big data are coming deep into American farming.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 10:00 am
Turkish police officers carry the coffin of Turkish police special operations officer Sahin Polat Aydin, one of the four officers killed Monday in a landmine attack attributed to militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in Silopi, southeastern Turkey, during a ceremony in Ankara, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP)

Turkey joins the fight against ISIS, the Islamic State. We’ll look at the politics and strategic implications for the US and the region.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | 11:00 am
As students and teachers head back to class this autumn, a growing teacher shortage in many states is creating class size and instruction problems. (Flickr /  Tamara)

With a new school year right in front of us, many schools across the country are still desperate to fill teaching positions. We’ll look at the teacher shortage.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | 10:00 am
Opponents and supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Anti-abortion activists are calling for an end to government funding for the nonprofit reproductive services organization.  (AP)

We look at the battle over Planned Parenthood, women’s reproductive rights, fetal tissue and the future of women’s health services in America.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this 2014 file photo, rotesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo. (L). At right,  a shoe store in the Watts area of Los Angeles, CA, collapses in flames on  August 14, 1965. (AP)

The 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, and the 1 year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown. What we have and haven’t figured out about race.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 | 10:00 am
A man lays handcuffed and unresponsive as first responders attend to him at a DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) rail stop during rush hour in downtown Dallas, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. According to police on the scene the man had smoked K2, also known as "spice," a synthetic marijuana known to cause hallucinations and violent behavior.  (AP)

It’s called “Spice”, “synthetic marijuana. We’ll look at a cheap, potent, and ambiguously legal synthetic drug that’s causing overdoses and flooding the streets.

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Friday, August 7, 2015 | 11:00 am
President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" during a taping on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. (AP)

After more than 16 years as America’s funny, biting and fake newsman, Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show. We’ll look back.

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Friday, August 7, 2015 | 10:00 am
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's closing remarks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland, as Jeb Bush laughs.  (AP)

The GOP presidential debates. Planned Parenthood keeps its funding. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 debris identified. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 | 11:00 am
Josh Young as John Newton in the Broadway production of "Amazing Grace." (Joan Marcus / Amazing Grace)

“Amazing Grace” on Broadway. We’ll hear the music and remarkable story of the composer who went from slave trader to abolitionist.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this April 24, 2015 photo, Nick Fox, Vice President for Communications Products at Google, prepares a presentation on Project Fi, in Mountain View, Calif. Project Fi is Google's recently launched attempt to usher in new ways to keep smartphones online while lowering the cost for streaming video, listening to music, getting directions and searching for information.  (AP)

A price battle among wireless carriers, and new players, like Google, stepping in. We’ll find out how this could benefit you.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 11:00 am
It can be hard to accept failure. (Flickr / Blacksheep of Omaha)

“Fail fast, fail often” goes the zeitgeist . But should we have such optimism for failure?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 10:00 am
Patient Carole Linderman has her blood drawn for a liquid biopsy, during an appointment at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP)

After the diagnosis of cancer, another blow – the often-crippling costs of treatment. We look at the soaring price of cancer drugs.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | 11:00 am
Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace in the new film, "The End of the Tour." (Courtesy A24 Films)

Comedic actor Jason Segel gets serious and takes on author David Foster Wallace in the new film, “The End of the Tour. ” He’s with us.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. (AP)

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany’s already doing. Will the American people buy in?

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Monday, August 3, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this file photo, a South Korean student looks at a picture, which shows how the cyber warfare is going to be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula if Korean War takes place, at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP)

P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.

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Monday, August 3, 2015 | 10:00 am
Police officers block migrants along a road to prevent their access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

The migrant crush at the Chunnel, linking France and England, puts a spotlight on Europe’s migration crisis. We’ll go there.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP)

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 | 10:00 am
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 11:00 am
Conan O'Brien speaks at the 43rd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Los Angeles.  (AP)

Who owns jokes? Seriously. In the age of social media, the lines are murky.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 10:00 am
Shereef Bishay, co-founder of Dev Bootcamp, center, talks with student Ryan Guerrettaz during a class at Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Dev Bootcamp is one of a new breed of computer-programming schools that’s proliferating in San Francisco and other U.S. tech hubs. These “hacker boot camps” promise to teach students how to write code in two or three months and help them get hired as web developers, with starting salaries between $80,000 and $100,000, often within days or weeks of graduation. (AP)

From barista to tech wiz. Computer coding boot camps are hot. Vaulting their graduates in just months into high-paying jobs. We’ll look at the surge.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 11:00 am
The transit area at Terminal 3 in Singapore's Changi Airport, ranked as the world's best airport by SkyTrax, a UK-based travel consultancy. (WikiCommons / Jay8g)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to be torn down and rebuilt. We’ll consider what makes a great airport now, and how the US stacks up to the global competition.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 10:00 am
Federal investigators respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (AP)

Guns, background checks, and mass shootings. A new outcry over the system that decide who gets a gun and who doesn’t.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 11:00 am
A portion of the cover of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, "Among the Ten Thousand Things." (Courtesy Random House)

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — “Among the Ten Thousand Things” — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

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Nov 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

Nov 27, 2015
The punk rock band Sleater-Kinney (from L: Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker) (Courtesy the Band)

Feminist punk-rockers, the band Sleater-Kinney, is with us. Reunited. Hotter than ever.

Nov 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

Nov 26, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

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Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving: Recipes
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Did our Thanksgiving 2016 episode make you hungry? Good news — we’ve got recipes right here.

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Karl Rove Still Won’t Get Involved In The 2016 G.O.P. Primary
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Karl Rove may say he’s not endorsing or getting involved in the 2016 G.O.P. presidential primary, but that won’t stop from offering advice on how to beat Republican front runner Donald Trump.

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Roger Cohen And Barry Posen On ISIS
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

A brief, but illustrative exchange between Barry Posen and Roger Cohen during our conversation on ISIS today.

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