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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 11:00 am
From left to right Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir with San Francisco Giants' Tim Flannery sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP)

The Grateful Dead, reuniting. We look at the long strange trip of one of the most successful bands in history.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 10:00 am
This Jan. 9, 2015, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn. President Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. (AP)

The president will propose new taxes on the very wealthy and tax breaks for the middle class. We’ll lay out the plan and the pushback.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 | 11:00 am
Lassana Bathily, center, talks with children prior to speeched from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, at the Paris' city hall, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The government announced Thursday it would give citizenship to a Malian immigrant who saved several Jewish shoppers last week by hiding them in the kosher market’s basement before sneaking out to brief police on Coulibaly, the hostage-taker upstairs. (AP)

The New York Times’ Roger Cohen and Oxford University’s Tariq Ramadan on terrorism, Jews and Muslims in Europe, displacement, immigration and the way forward.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 | 10:00 am
Desiree Griffiths, 31, of Miami, holds up a sign saying "Black Lives Matter", with the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men recently killed by police, during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami.  (AP)

#BlackLivesMatter, “white privilege,” Michael Brown and Eric Garner. On MLK Day, we’ll talk truths about race-relations in America now.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 | 11:00 am
It's entirely possible that you have as much of a podcast addiction as Roscoe the Pug, pictured here. (Flickr / Zoomar)

The rise of the podcast. What’s hot, what’s out there and how they’re changing what’s in our ears.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 | 10:00 am
Pallbearers carry the casket of Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous, decorated by friends and colleagues of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, at the city hall of Montreuil, outside east of Paris, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP)

Paris terror attack fall out. Congress takes on Obama over immigration. Mitt Romney in 2016? Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 11:00 am
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs on day 1 of the 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Friday November 1, 2013 in New Orleans Louisiana. Jazz improvisation is depends on the careful art of "not trying," as explained in "Trying Not To Try" by (AP)

The art and power of spontaneity, in ancient philosophy, in jazz, in everyday life. We’ll look at “Trying Not To Try,” the Chinese concept of “Wu-wei”, and the completely focused mental state of “flow.”

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 10:00 am
Pakistani Christians shout anti-government slogans during a rally to condemn killing of a Christian couple, in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Police in Pakistan said they have arrested as many as 45 Muslims in connection with the killing of the Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Quran. (AP)

Islam and blasphemy. What it is and how it’s used and abused, from Charlie Hebdo in France to Saudi Arabia and beyond.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this file photo, taken Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area near Fredericksburg, Texas, some free-tailed bats are shown in evening flight. (AP)

What bats can carry when they fly – measles, mumps, SARS, Ebola. We’ll get the latest.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this file photo, United States Military Academy cadets watch data on computers at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  (AP)

Cybersecurity reaches the Presidential address level. From the Pentagon to identity theft to your bank account. We’ll dig in.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 11:00 am
Congressman Steve Israel (D-MD) is also the author of a new satirical novel, "The Global War On Morris."  (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Congressman, now novelist, Steve Israel turns a satirical eye at Congress and the war on terror in his new book. He’s with us. Plus: could Mitt Romney really run for President a third time? And will Jeb Bush run, too?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 10:00 am
People march as they protest for increased minimum wages near a McDonald's restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in the Little Havana area in Miami.  (AP)

Jobs numbers are up. Wages are not. It’s time for some serious thinking about how our economy is working. We’ll do it.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 | 11:00 am
The cast of the new movie "Selma," based on the historic 1965 march in support of voting rights in Selma, AL. (Paramount Pictures)

The new movie “Selma,” out this weekend. Its depiction, and your reaction, to civil rights on the march, from Selma to Montgomery.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 | 10:00 am
Smoke emanates from the entrance to a kosher market as security forces prepare to end a hostage situation, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. (AP)

The Paris attack and the new face of terror: small, soft targets. The coffee shop. The office. If this is it, what do we do?

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Friday, January 9, 2015 | 11:00 am
Pop artist Shamir is one of the musicians to watch in 2015. (Courtesy Shamir)

New year, new playlist. We’re listening to great new music for 2015.

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Friday, January 9, 2015 | 10:00 am
People gather in solidarity of the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP)

Paris terror attack. The GOP Congress versus Obama . The rift between NYPD and New York’s mayor. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 | 11:00 am
Supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, thanking President Obama for his executive action on illegal immigration. (AP)

American immigration reform. Executive orders. Pushback. And the Dreamer view.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 | 10:00 am
Demonstrators hold papers reading "I am Charlie", during a demonstration in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Three masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, Wednesday, killing 12 people, including its editor, before escaping in a car. It was France's deadliest postwar terrorist attack. (AP)

The terror strike on the French satirical magazine in Paris. We’ll be on the ground with the latest details and the big picture.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | 11:00 am
An entrance sign near the quarters for guards at the U.S. military detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, June 7, 2014. (AP)

Secret midnight flights and a flurry of prisoner releases. We’ll look at the new push to shut down the prison at Guantanamo.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | 10:00 am
Votes are taken for House Speaker during the opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP)

The new GOP-led Congress has Obamacare in its sights — what’s ahead for American health care and the Affordable Care Act?

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this file photo, Patton Oswalt performs in the comedy tent during Fun Fun Fun Fest on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (AP)

Comedian Patton Oswalt on his addiction to movie classics and his new memoir “Silver Screen Fiend.”

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 10:00 am
A sign shows the price of gasoline at a Shell station near downtown Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. AAA Michigan said that the average cost of self-serve unleaded gasoline in the state was $1.97 a gallon, the first time the price has fallen below $2 a gallon since March 2009 and down 9 cents since the beginning of the week.  (AP)

We take on the economic outlook for 2015. Oil is low. U.S. growth is high. The rest of the world, a little worrying.

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Monday, January 5, 2015 | 11:00 am
Cameron Dean shows off his beard, complete with its own set of Christmas decorations. (Courtesy Cameron Dean)

Men and beards. They are all over the place now. We’ll look at the amazing comeback and cultural meaning of the beard.

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Monday, January 5, 2015 | 10:00 am
Pope Francis kisses a statue of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Vatican City Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  (AP)

Pope Francis –”The Great Reformer” – just keeps shaking things up. We’ll take a closer look at the motivations of the Pontiff moving the Catholic Church and the world.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 | 11:00 am
The Angel of Grief monument in the Hill family plot in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX. (Flickr / Michael Schaffner)

When a loved one dies. Grief and comeback. It’s a universal story. Part of mine now. Maybe yours. We’ll look for wisdom.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 | 10:00 am
Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Dome during a press conference on the roof of the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington,Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to announce the completion of the scaffolding and the start of the repairs for the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project.  (AP)

The year behind, the year ahead. Our weekly news roundtable, with Tom Ashbrook back live in the studio.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 | 11:00 am
From "Maria Bamford: the Special Special Special!"

Maria Bamford on her comedy, mental illness, parents and pugs.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 | 10:00 am
Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)

The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 11:00 am
A baking crew makes Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. (AP)

From cronuts to kale chips to gluten-free, a look at food crazes and the people who create them.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 10:00 am
A mother and her newborn baby. (David Laporte / Creative Commons)

New parents and depression. Moms and dads. There’s new research. We’ll unpack it.

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Tuesday, December 30, 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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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | 10:00 am
People pass an arrivals sign at the new Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 in London, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The "wayfinders" who create these kinds of signs are some of the so-called invisible workers who help quietly keep the world running behind the scenes. (AP)

The “Invisibles.” The people and jobs that hold the world together.

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Monday, December 29, 2014 | 11:00 am
Poet e.e. cummings, pictured on the cover of Susan Cheever's new biography, "E.E. Cummings: A Life." (Random House)

Susan Cheever on the poet e.e. cummings, all lower-case, and radical.

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Monday, December 29, 2014 | 10:00 am
In a photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican of Louisiana, waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP)

Everyone hates hypocrisy. But, hold on, says one philosopher, we’re all hypocrites. It’s part of being human.

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Friday, December 26, 2014 | 11:00 am
A image from the first volume of the "Sandman" series, written by Neil Gaiman. (Courtesy Vertigo/DC Entertainment   )

Norman Mailer called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of “The Sandman.”

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Friday, December 26, 2014 | 10:00 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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Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 11:00 am
Nickel Creek

After a seven-year hiatus, progressive folk trio Nickel Creek is back together. We’ll hear from them and their latest album, “A Dotted Line.”

 
Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 10:00 am
Kathy Johnson, of Pleasant Garden, N.C., reads a copy of "Goodnight Moon," at the New York Public Library's bookstore, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in New York. Author Margaret Wise Brown's unpublished poems were recently released in a brand new collection. (AP)

From “Good Night Moon” to this year’s crop, what we seek and share in young children’s literature.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 11:00 am
A scene from the 2014 production of the Revels' Christmas Revels. (Courtesy Revels)

A winter solstice celebration in song. The Revels arrive in our studio with carols from a Victorian Christmas.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 10:00 am
A man runs in the rain past an inflatable Santa and snowman on Washington Avenue on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.  In the busy holiday season, it can sometime be hard to remember to say thanks. (AP)

Gratitude isn’t just good manners –researchers are discovering it’s a key to happiness, health, good for society.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 11:00 am
Have you ever thought about what your cat thinks about you? (Flicr / Creative Commons)

There’s a reason your cats act the way they do. Their genome shows, they’re not so different from wild animals. We’ll dive in.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 10:00 am
NYPD Officers Shot

Calls for police reforms after officers’ shootings. How the conversation is and isn’t changing from Ferguson to New York.

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Monday, December 22, 2014 | 11:00 am
A sample of some of the costumes on display at the fall 2014 "Dance & Fashion" exhibition at New York City's Museum at FIT. (AP)

Couture fashion exhibits are drawing record crowds at museums. We’ll look at the beauty and the art behind the glitz.

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Monday, December 22, 2014 | 10:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (AP)

A weak ruble and a turbulent economy. We look at Putin’s Russia and what its economic free fall means.

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Friday, December 19, 2014 | 11:00 am
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

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Friday, December 19, 2014 | 10:00 am
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 11:00 am
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 11:00 am
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 10:00 am
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 11:00 am
A still from Amanda Brown's documentary film, "Black Heirlooms." (Courtesy the FIlmmaker)

The documentary “Black Heirlooms,” tells the story of how inheritances, even humble ones, can tear families apart. We talk to the director.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 10:00 am
Supermodel Beverly Johnson. (Courtesy Beverly Johnson)

Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby. She joins us.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 11:00 am
Morma Francis, of Atlanta, raises her hand to ask a question during a community town hall forum at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

“Conversations with God,” – the story told by two centuries of African American prayer.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 10:00 am
CIA Director John Brennan during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation.  (AP)

The CIA on the CIA. After the explosive Senate report, what the Agency’s own are saying on torture and the way forward.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
This Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 photo made available by the City of Dover Police Department shows chickens standing next to a truck which fell on its side in Dover, Del.  (AP)

Why are there more chickens than people in the world? The remarkable story of what happened when the chicken crossed the road and the world.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 | 10:00 am
CIA Director John Brennan pauses during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation.  (AP)

The explosive torture report. Rolling Stone and UVA. Ebola heroes. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
A view of Lauren Singer's simple, waste-free kitchen refrigerator. (Courtesy Lauren Singer / Trash Is For Tossers)

How to live a more environmentally friendly life. A look at the best ways to be green.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 10:00 am
This photo released by NASA shows a view of Mars that was stitched together by images taken by NASA’s Viking Orbiter spacecraft. The space agency is planning to send a spacecraft similar to the Curiosity rover to the red planet in 2020.  (AP)

Leaving Earth forever on a one-way ticket to Mars. Who would want to take that lonely journey? More people than you’d expect.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
Quinn Sullivan, 15, is a blues guitar prodigy who has made headlines and won accolades from blues legends around the country and the world. (Courtesy the Artist)

Playing the blues. Fifteen-year old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan and his mentor the legendary Buddy Guy lay down the licks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
This frame grab from video, provided by Senate Television, shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits.  (AP)

The explosive Senate “torture report” on harsh interrogation techniques years in the making is out. And it’s graphic and controversial.

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May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

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May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

 
May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

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Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

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Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

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