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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 11:00 am
Barbie toys are displayed at a Target Store in Colma, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.  (AP)

Just in time for the holidays, we’ll look at boys, girls, gender identity – and the way we make and market toys.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 10:00 am
Spectators shelter under umbrellas as the rain lashes down during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP)

After Mandela, a look at the challenges and opportunities of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 11:00 am
Andre Thompson, manns the outdoor red bucket at a Walgreen's drug store in Tyler, Texas. Thompson is one of three remaining contestants in the third annual Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringing Contest. Thompson along with the remaining contestants have broken the 100 hour mark, and are now vying to be the last person standing. He has been manning the outdoor red bucket though rain and sub-freezing temperatures, and has raised over $6,000 so far, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.  (AP)

In the giving season, we talk to philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer about rethinking how and why we give to charity.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 10:00 am
In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., arrive at a Congressional Budget Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The two Congressional leaders are said to be close to finalizing a two-year budget plan. (AP)

With a deadline nearing for a budget deal, we’ll look at what it’s going to take to get the deal done. Plus, we listen to President Barack Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela.

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Monday, December 9, 2013 | 11:00 am
On President Thomas Jefferson's gravestone in Virginia, his promotion of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom was one of the three things he was most proud of. (Creative Commons)

How a founding father, Thomas Jefferson, came to understand Islam.

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Monday, December 9, 2013 | 10:00 am
Detroit city workers and supporters protest outside the federal courthouse in Detroit while awaiting the bankruptcy decision, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Judge Steven Rhodes announced Tuesday that the city the biggest city in U.S. history to enter bankruptcy. (AP)

Public pensions, on the chopping block in Detroit and Illinois We’ll look at the future of public finance and public pensions across the country.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 | 11:00 am
Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday June 2, 2009, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th. The anti-apartheid leader died in his home on Dec. 5, 2013.

We take the measure of a moral hero, South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 | 10:00 am
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, chats with his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao before heading to their luncheon at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP)

Biden in Beijing. Public pensions under the gun. A train goes off the rails – our Weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 11:00 am
Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot Engelmann spruce, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP)

Mexican-American essayist and big thinker Richard Rodriguez joins us on identity, immigration and the human spirit.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 10:00 am
Outgoing Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, before the Senate Banking Committee as lawmakers examine how to mitigate systemic risk in financial markets through Wall Street reforms. (AP)

Gary Gensler is a hero to those who call for crackdown on Wall Street. “Arch-enemy” to those who don’t. He’s leaving his top watchdog job, and with us for an exit interview.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 11:00 am
The golden poison dart frog is credited as the most poisonous animal currently in existence. (AMNH)

A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York explores the power of poison to harm and to help.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 10:00 am
People rally outside of the presidential administration building in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Ukraine's opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary no-confidence vote Tuesday, leaving political tensions unresolved and a potential standoff between protesters and the country's leaders looming. (AP)

The battle over Ukraine. The reach of the West. Russia’s sphere of influence. Ukrainians in the streets.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 11:00 am
In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, Luis Mendez, 23, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, wait in line at a job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. Increasingly, potential employers are turning to digital content as a way to judge job-seekers before they even apply. (AP)

They see you when you’re sleeping. They know when you’re awake. Employers move to digital assessment in hiring, firing and promotion. We’ll check in.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 10:00 am
Colorado Walmart employees and supporters join nationwide protests, in front of a Walmart store in Lakewood, Colo., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, for Walmart to publicly commit to improving labor standards. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the nation's biggest shopping day of the year. (AP)

Solving America’s low wage conundrum. Looking for a way up and out of the poverty wage trap. Plus, Pope Francis on contemporary capitalism.

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Monday, December 2, 2013 | 11:00 am
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov participate in the annual National Menorah Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. For the first time since the late 1800s – and for the last time until some 70,000 years from now – the first day of hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. (AP)

With Hanukkah upon us, the story of a Jewish family made and broken in the 20th century in David Laskin’s “The Family.”

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Monday, December 2, 2013 | 10:00 am
In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, the shadow of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is shown as she speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit. Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges  (AP)

Healthcare.gov. It’s December. We’ll look at what’s working, what’s not, and the path now for health care reform.

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Friday, November 29, 2013 | 11:00 am
George Takei poses for photographers on the red carpet before Comedy Central's "Roast of William Shatner," Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP)

Once Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, now he’s a web favorite and a big voice for gay rights. We’re talking with the singular George Takei.

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Friday, November 29, 2013 | 10:00 am
This April 16, 2013 photo provided by Wix Lounge shows group facilitator Franne McNeal, right, standing, and organizer Mary Dove, standing left, addressing women at a "Lean In" meeting in New York. The group is inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In" which seeks to empower women in the workplace. (AP Photo/Wix Lounge, Galo Delgado)

We’ll look at American women and the workplace now.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 11:00 am
Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. '12 Stories' is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)

Brandy Clark is the songwriter behind some of country’s biggest recent hits. She’s got her own album now. It’s dark, funny, heartfelt, and she shares it with us.

 
Thursday, November 28, 2013 | 10:00 am
Family photo (Flickr/Michael Hanscom)

The real parent trap. “I’m turning into my parents.”

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 11:00 am
Chef James Tahhan's Thanksgiving Pavochon. (Courtesy James Tahhan)

For Thanksgiving, turkey plus or minus all kinds of things. Multicultural America giving Thanksgiving menus a multicultural kick.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 10:00 am
In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 photo author Doris Kearns Goodwin stands near a bookshelf for a portrait at her home in Concord, Mass. Goodwin's latest book,"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," was released on Nov. 5. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on protest, reform, Teddy Roosevelt and America then and now.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | 11:00 am
Stills from the upcoming films "American Hustle," "Frozen," "The Best Man Holiday" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." (Clockwise from top left, courtesy Sony Pictures, Disney Pictures, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures)

We talk with top film critics about this holiday season’s gusher of new movies, from Disney’s “Frozen,’ to “The Wolf of Wall Street” to “American Hustle.’”

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | 10:00 am
A woman leads a child while holding a doll as they walk near mural depicting a child eating in Beijing Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Experts estimate that the first easing of the country's strict one-child policy in three decades announced this month allowing couples where one partner is an only child to have a second baby will result in 1 million to 2 million extra births per year in the first few years, on top of the 16 million babies born annually in China. (AP)

China’s ten-year plan. Economic changes. Social changes. And the planned new face of modern China.

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Monday, November 25, 2013 | 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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Monday, November 25, 2013 | 10:00 am
From left, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius greet each other and shake hands at the United Nations Palais, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Iran nuclear talks. (AP)

Historic nuclear deal reached with Iran. There are vast implications. We’ll have world-wide reaction.

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Friday, November 22, 2013 | 11:00 am
A photo of JKF and flowers lay on a plaque at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Loose gatherings of the curious and conspiracy-minded at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza have marked past anniversaries of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But for the 50th anniversary, the city of Dallas has planned a solemn ceremony Friday in the plaza he was passing through when shots rang out. (AP)

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we remember the day, the man and the nation before and after.

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Friday, November 22, 2013 | 10:00 am
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the first day of the Loya Jirga in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Karzai has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the United States if safety and security conditions are met. Karzai spoke as the 2,500-member national consultative council of Afghan elders known as the Loya Jirga started in Kabul on Thursday. (AP)

Midwest destruction, Afghan troop talks, a big fine for J.P. Morgan and gay marriage and the Cheney sisters. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 11:00 am
The main cast of Rebecca Sugar's popular new Cartoon Network cartoon, "Steven Universe." (Cartoon Network)

Rebecca Sugar is a 26-year-old cartooning pioneer. First with “Adventure Time.” Now with “Steven Universe.” Rebecca Sugar is with us.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 10:00 am
In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 photo, gun-control advocates rally against gun violence in front of the state Capitol, in Denver. Gun-control supporters who gathered at the Colorado Capitol on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 asked the Democratic state Legislature Monday not to revisit last session's gun-control package, which included expanded background checks and a limit on ammunition magazines. (AP)

Colorado is pushing a lot of boundaries and buttons lately. On fracking, gun law, marijuana, secession. We catch up with Colorado

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 11:00 am
Jazz artist Charlie Parker is photographed on the bandstand at Billy Berg's Club in Hollywood, Calif., in this 1945 file photo. (AP)

Big jazz thinker Stanley Crouch on the wild, young mind and music of early “Bird,” Charlie Parker.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 10:00 am
This April 3, 2013 photo shows bitcoin tokens at 35-year-old software engineer Mike Caldwell's shop in Sandy, Utah. Caldwell mints physical versions of bitcoins, cranking out homemade tokens with codes protected by tamper-proof holographic seals, a retro-futuristic kind of prepaid cash. With up to 70,000 transactions each day over the past month, bitcoins have been propelled from the world of Internet oddities to the cusp of mainstream use, a remarkable breakthrough for a currency which made its online debut only four years ago. (AP)

Bitcoin and virtual currencies in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. We’ll look at the new world of digital money and the issues that come with it.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 11:00 am
In this Aug. 19, 2008 file photo, a combine cuts durum wheat near an oil well in Tioga, N.D. The federal Agriculture Department has revised its estimates of North Dakota wheat production, though the changes are small. The Agriculture Department in late October 2013 re-contacted farmers who still had crop in the field when surveys were done for the annual late-September small grains summary. North Dakota leads the nation in the production of both spring wheat and durum wheat.  (AP)

The fall crop is in, harvested. But the map of what we grow, where, is changing, with climate change. We’ll look at the new map of North American food production.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 10:00 am
Protesters hold posters of former National Security Agency member Edward Snowden in front of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, prior to a special meeting of the parliament on US-German relationships, in Berlin, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP)

The Supreme Court turns away a challenge to NSA spying. We’ll look at the reason why and why not to rein the agency in.

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Monday, November 18, 2013 | 11:00 am
Augustine Herman's 1670 map of Virginia and Maryland. (Library Of Congress)

Steering toward Thanksgiving, the real story of those who sailed from Europe to America, and how tough the settlement was.

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Monday, November 18, 2013 | 10:00 am
In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker, right, and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton pose after a news conference at DFW International Airport Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. It wasn’t an easy fight, but by the end of this year the 51-year-old Parker will be at the helm of a combined American and US Airways, the world’s largest airline. The two companies reached a settlement this month with the U.S. Department of Justice that would allow the merger to move forward. (AP)

The US Airways-American mega-merger to become the world’s biggest airline is cleared for takeoff. We’ll look at what this means for prices, travel and our life in the skies.

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Friday, November 15, 2013 | 11:00 am
Author Amy Tan. Her newest novel, out this month, is "The Valley Of Amazement." (Rick Smolan)

Author Amy Tan on her latest – family history and the courtesan life of Old Shanghai.

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Friday, November 15, 2013 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP)

Typhoon tragedy. Obamacare numbers. New guidelines for statins. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 11:00 am
Bob Fosse, center, leads the cast through an energetic dance number during a rehearsal of his musical "Big Deal" at the Minskoff Rehearsal Studios on Broadway in New York, March 31, 1986. (AP)

A big new biography of Broadway dance king Bob Fosse – of “Chicago,” the film “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz” – opens up a turbulent life.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 10:00 am
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks out of a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Nuclear talks with Iran have failed to reach agreement, but Kerry said differences between Tehran and six world powers made "significant progress."  (AP)

The US and Israel are split over negotiations with nuclear Iran. We’ll look at the arguments, and the stakes.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 11:00 am
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 file photo, recording artist Kanye West speaks onstage during the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. West is postponing the rest of his “Yeezus” tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged. The use of the Confederate flag on his tour merchandise has stirred controversy. (AP)

Kanye West’s at it again, selling the Confederate flag at his concerts, looking to undercut a divisive old symbol – and sell t-shirts. We’ll look at Kanye West and the Confederate Flag.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 10:00 am
This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file aerial photo taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. Haiyan slammed the island nation with a storm surge two stories high and some of the highest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone. (AP)

We go to the Philippines, to look at Typhoon relief efforts there, and the growing vulnerability of island nations.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 11:00 am
Author Flannery O'Connor in 1962. A recently discovered journal she wrote during her time at the University of Iowa in 1946 and 1947. (AP)

The great Flannery O’Connor. A newly discovered journal of prayers gives a rare glimpse of the deeply Catholic writer and artist as a young woman.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 10:00 am
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio waves to supporters after he was elected the first Democratic mayor of New York City in 20 years in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.  (AP)

New York’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won on a strong progressive platform. We’ll look at New York and the inequality he’s vowed to take on.

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Monday, November 11, 2013 | 11:00 am
An ad for Wal-Mart's early-bird online specials appeared on the retail giant's website in the beginning of November. More and more big-box chains are moving to holiday sales earlier in the season in order to boost numbers in a slow retail market. (Wal-Mart)

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and crazy holiday deals all coming early this year. We’ll look at the evolution of American retailing in the 2013 holiday season.

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Monday, November 11, 2013 | 10:00 am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP)

On Veterans Day, after more than a decade of deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, we take the pulse of America’s military – as it faces big cuts and big changes.

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Friday, November 8, 2013 | 11:00 am
Nazi Party leader Hermann Goerring takes in a collection of Henri Matisse prints removed by the German army during a hunt for 'degenerate art.' (CREDIT)

The story behind the amazing, newly-revealed trove — Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir — of Nazi-plundered art.

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Friday, November 8, 2013 | 10:00 am
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his election victory in Asbury Park, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, after defeating Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. (AP)

Chris Christie and election night winners. Sebelius back in the hot seat. Twitter goes public. Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 11:00 am
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) look up from the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.  Martin has resigned from the team because of alleged harassment by Incognito and other members of the team. (AP)

A bullying case rocks the NFL. We look at adult bullying in sports and more.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 10:00 am
Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. (AP)

Rollout woes and beyond. A defender and a critic of Obamacare debate the Affordable Care Act’s coming impact on America.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 11:00 am
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney answers a question as President Barack Obama listens during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP)

Swap Hillary for Biden? Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are back with “Double Down.” We’ll look at the 2012 campaign, 2013, 2016.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 10:00 am
This artist's rendition provided by NASA shows Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Astronomers using NASA data calculate that in our galaxy alone there are at least 8.8 billion Earth-sized planets that are not too hot or not too cold circle stars that are just like our sun, according to a study published Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Forty billion planets like ours are out there. Like Earth. We’ll look at the latest news from space.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | 11:00 am
Greg Green is principal of Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, MI. The school was the first in the nation to completely "flip" its curriculum. (Clintondale High School)

Some teachers, even whole schools, are now “flipping” their days — doing homework in class, watching lectures at home. Is this the future of school?

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | 10:00 am
An updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange features a Twitter logo, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in New York. Twitter Inc. will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning after setting a price for its IPO sometime Wednesday evening. (AP)

Twitter’s big IPO – the buzz, the billions and assessing the value of an empire of tweets.

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Monday, November 4, 2013 | 11:00 am
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PEN/Faulkner prize-winning author Ann Patchett on the art of telling the truth about love, friendship, work and art.

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Monday, November 4, 2013 | 10:00 am
In this Sept. 11, 2010 file photo, Temeka Williams, right, of Detroit, uses her EBT/Bridge Card tokens for a purchase from Elizabeth and Gary Lauber from Sweet Delights at the Farmer's Market in Detroit. The temporary increase in food stamps also know as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help them put food on the table every month won’t stretch as far as they have for the past four years. (AP)

Food stamp benefits cut and Congress considers even deeper cuts. We’ll hear the debate over national priorities, hunger and character.

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Friday, November 1, 2013 | 11:00 am
Father Junipero Serra is widely considered to be the founder of modern California. His legacy is a complicated one. (Hill & Wang)

Father Serra and the tough history of the priest and colonialist who brought the Spanish Empire and the church to California, three centuries ago.

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Friday, November 1, 2013 | 10:00 am
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP)

Obamacare hullaballoos. NSA snooping fury still rising. Superstorm Sandy, one year on. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 11:00 am
This Halloween, take a moment to look back at some classic horror stories. (Tom Ashbrook / WBUR)

For Halloween, we look at the horror genre today –in the movies and in print– with some of the best fright-meisters in the business.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 10:00 am
In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. (AP)

A year after Hurricane Sandy, we look at what’s in the works — and what’s not — to address climate change, from levees to energy policy.

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Apr 16, 2014
A woman walks past a CVS store window in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. The nation’s major drugstore chains are opening more in-store clinics in response to the massive U.S. health care overhaul, which is expected to add about 25 million newly insured people who will need medical care and prescriptions, as well as offering more services as a way to boost revenue in the face of competition from stores like Safeway and Wal-Mart. (AP)

Retailers from Walgreens to Wal-Mart to CVS are looking to turn into health care outlets. It’s convenient. Is it good medicine? Plus: using tech to disrupt the healthcare market.

Apr 16, 2014
Harvard Business School is one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the country. Our guest today suggests those kinds of degrees aren't necessary for business success. (HBS / Facebook)

Humorist and longtime Fortune columnist Stanley Bing says, “forget the MBA.” He’s got the low-down on what you really need to master in business. Plus: the sky-high state of executive salaries.

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Apr 15, 2014
In this file photo, author and journalist Matt Taibbi speaks to a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protestors after a march on the offices of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in New York. There was a heavy police presence around the 42nd Street area as the demonstration began Wednesday morning outside. (AP)

Muckraking journalist Matt Taibbi sees a huge and growing divide in the US justice system, where big money buys innocence and poverty means guilt. He joins us.

 
Apr 15, 2014
A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP)

One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, we look at national and local security on the terrorism front now, and what we’ve learned.

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How Boston Is Getting Ready For the 2014 Boston Marathon
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Boston Globe metro reporter Maria Cramer explains how the 2014 Boston Marathon will be different than races in the past.

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WBUR’s David Boeri: ‘There’s Still Much We Don’t Know’
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

WBUR’s senior reporter David Boeri details the ongoing investigation into the alleged Boston Marathon Bombing perpetrators.

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Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombing, One Year Later
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

One year after the Boston Marathon Bombing, we look back at our own coverage of the attacks and the community’s response from April 2013.

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