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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, photo, Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake, mother of Alison Shuemake, browses a picture collage of her daughter at her home, in Middletown, Ohio. Alison Shuemake, 18, died Aug. 26, after a suspected heroin overdose. (AP)

American addiction. From prescription painkillers to heroin. The numbers are staggering. Why?

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 10:00 am
Eric Baker, co-owner of the Mo Money Pawn Shop, poses for a photo at the shop Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Phoenix.  (AP)

American gun policy front and center in the 2016 campaigns after the shootings in Oregon. We’ll look at who stands where on guns.

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Monday, October 5, 2015 | 11:00 am
Singer-songwriter Sara Barielles on the cover of her new memoir, "Sounds Like Me." (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles goes fully confessional in her new memoir, “Sounds Like Me.” She joins us.

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Monday, October 5, 2015 | 10:00 am
The newest version of the Apple mobile iOS system allows ad-blocking software on mobile browsing for the first time. (Abdullah Syahbal / Flickr)

Are ad–blocking, bots, and mobile gutting economic viability of the internet? We’ll take a close look.

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Friday, October 2, 2015 | 11:00 am
Max Martin accepts the award for best producer of the year, non-classical at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.  (AP)

The software of hit songs now. We’ll look at the algorithms, computer generated beats and producers making it happen for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more.

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Friday, October 2, 2015 | 10:00 am
Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP)

A deadly shooting at an Oregon community college. Putin and Obama at the UN. The capture of Kunduz. Water on Mars. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 11:00 am
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.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 10:00 am
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Des Moines Youth Summit, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Creative Visions in Des Moines, Iowa.  (AP)

Senator Bernie Sanders joins us to make the case for why he should be the next President of the United States. We will “Feel the Bern” with Bernie Sanders.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 10:00 am
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., walks from the subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.  (AP)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves in the 2016 Presidential race, and he joined us today from the US Capitol to explain how his campaign message is connecting with voters around the country.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 11:00 am
Ricky Checo, center, of the Dominican Republic, takes the oath of allegiance along with other immigrants during a citizenship ceremony at Liberty State Park, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J.  (AP)

Asians are now number one in immigration to the USA. We’ll look at who’s coming, where they’re going and their imprint on the country.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 10:00 am
Taliban prisoners walk on a street after their comrades released them from the main jail in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Taliban captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz in a massive assault Monday involving hundreds of fighters, and now control a major urban area for the first time since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. (AP)

The Taliban takes an Afghan city, Kunduz. What’s going in Afghanistan?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 11:00 am
(L-R) Renata Adler and Joan Didion in an archival photograph from May 17, 1978. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

Legendary journalist and critic Renata Adler on American culture now. She’s not a happy camper.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 10:00 am
Russian President President Vladimir Putin addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP)

The Russia factor, with Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Iran. Obama and Putin sit down. We dive in.

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Monday, September 28, 2015 | 11:00 am
Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, stands next to former Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Princeton, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. (AP)

Big thinker and working mom Anne-Marie Slaughter sparked debate when she wrote “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” She’s back talking about a toxic work world.

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Monday, September 28, 2015 | 10:00 am
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio wipes his face during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. In a stunning move, Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatened an institutional crisis. (AP)

The GOP after John Boehner. We’ll talk with Republicans on Capitol Hill and beyond.

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Friday, September 25, 2015 | 11:00 am
FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) in a scene from the 2015 film, "Black Mass." (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

The world of FBI informants, from “Black Mass” and Whitey Bulger to the thousands out there right now.

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Friday, September 25, 2015 | 10:00 am
Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.  (AP)

Pope Francis and China’s President in the US. Volkswagen meltdown. The Saudi stampede. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 11:00 am
President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Michael Horn introduces the new Volkswagen Passat during a reveal event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in New York. (AP)

Volkswagen’s CEO steps down as the emissions scandal snowballs. We’ll look at the bumpy road ahead.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 10:00 am
People of all ages surf the web at the Digital Village in Mexico City, Friday, July 17, 2015. With more than 1500 hundred computers and tablets available for the public, the Digital Village, organized by a Mexican telecommunications company, offers free high speed broadband internet access and skills training aims to increase digital inclusion in Mexico, according to organizers. (AP)

The Internet and the world’s poor. Billions still have no access to the Web –though it’s become key to prosperity. So what now?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 11:00 am
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, wake and talks on a cell phone outside his family's home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed Mohamed was arrested at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. (AP)

From the campaign trail to a Texas high school, the United States wrestles with Islamophobia.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 10:00 am
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan wave on their arrival Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Boeing Field in Everett, Wash. (AP)

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the United States with a big, tough agenda: cybersecurity, military ambition and the future of US-China relations.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 11:00 am
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.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 10:00 am
A collection of children-specific promotional materials for the Risperdal drug. (Courtesy Huffington Post)

The drug industry, and “sales over science.” Muckracker journalist Steven Brill goes after Johnson & Johnson and more. He’s with us.

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Monday, September 21, 2015 | 11:00 am
An advance image from the filming of "Racing Extinction," showing filmmaker Louie Psihoyos with an underwater camera. (Courtesy Oceanic Preservation Society / The Filmmakers)

The new documentary “Racing Extinction” goes undercover to the edge of mass extinction in the world’s darkest black markets.

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Monday, September 21, 2015 | 10:00 am
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shake hands after the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP)

The tax reform that Obama and Trump agree on. We’ll look at closing the hedge funds’ favorite loophole on carried interest.

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Friday, September 18, 2015 | 11:00 am
Writer/executive producer Bill Prady, from left, Kermit the Frog, writer/executive producer Bob Kushell and Miss Piggy participate in "The Muppets" panel at the Disney/ABC Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)

A look at the good and bad of the new fall television season. And a preview of the Emmys on Sunday.

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Friday, September 18, 2015 | 10:00 am
Republican presidential candidates, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, left, and John Kasich, center, look on as Chris Christie speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif.  (AP)

The GOP debate. Congress and government shutdown. Clashes as Hungarian troops confront migrants on the border. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 11:00 am
Mark Luckie, former head of news partnerships at Twitter, thinks more can be done in the tech industry to encourage and foster diverse workplaces. (Courtesy Mark Luckie)

Journalist Mark Luckie opens up about being a black employee at Twitter. We’ll look at tech’s diversity problem.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 10:00 am
Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he arrives for the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.  (AP)

Pope Francis has been taking stands on everything from the environment to Wall Street. How will he preach to America when he comes next week?

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 11:00 am
[From Left] Former Sen. Huey Long (D-LA) giving a speech in the 1930s; Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in Dallas, TX on Sept. 14, 2015;  Democratic Presidential Candidate Rep. William Jennings Bryan during the 1896 Presidential Election. (Wikicommons / AP / Wikicommons)

We’ll take a look at the history of populism in our country and how presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are carrying on that tradition.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, Syrian refugee Ibrahim Mahmoud speaks during an interview with The Associated Press surrounded by his children inside his tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Deir Zanoun, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (AP)

A deep look inside Syria: Russia’s military steps up. Hundreds of thousands of migrants flee: who’s leaving? Who’s staying?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 11:00 am
Ravi Patel, subject of the new documentary film "Meet the Patel," in a promotional image with his sister and co-director, Geeta Patel. (Courtesy the Filmmakers / Four in a Billion Pictures)

We’ll meet the makers of ‘Meet the Patels,’ a documentary about an Indian-American who finally lets his parents find him a wife.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 10:00 am
In this photo taken, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, job seekers attend a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits for the week ending July 11 on Thursday, July 16, 2015.  (AP)

Job openings at a record high, but many unemployed are still stranded on the sidelines. We’ll take a big look at the American job market, American wages and more.

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Monday, September 14, 2015 | 11:00 am
New research on cognitive science suggests a greater link between (Nate Kat / Flickr)

How intelligence lives beyond the brain. In your body. Intelligence, in the flesh.

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Monday, September 14, 2015 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to travel to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Harrison Township, Mich. with second lady Dr. Jill Biden. (AP)

Russian grand chessmaster Garry Kasparov is a critic of Vladimir Putin, and now of President Obama’s foreign policy too. We’ll hear his argument and the pushback.

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Friday, September 11, 2015 | 11:00 am
Stephen Colbert, right, talks with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during the premiere episode of "The Late Show," Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. Bush and actor George Clooney were the guests for Colbert's debut. (AP)

Stephen Colbert’s big first week as host of “The Late Show.” Will this zany subversive change mainstream TV?

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Friday, September 11, 2015 | 10:00 am
Bob Kunst, of Miami Beach, Fla., wears a Hillary Rodham Clinton mask while attending a Tea Party rally against the Iran deal on the West Lawn, of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015.  (AP)

Decision time on the Iran Deal. Kentucky clerk, out of jail. The US looks at the refugees of Syria. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 11:00 am
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves Federal court in New York, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.  (AP)

We’ll look at the embattled NFL, and the modern-day gladiators who pay the price for football’s glory.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 10:00 am
A woman fills her car at a Costco gas station in Robinson Township, Pa., Thursday, July 16, 2015.  (AP)

Environmental leader California says no to an ambitious goal: to cut gasoline use in half by 2030. We look at the implications for California and the world.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 11:00 am
A statue of Don Quixote and his horse in an unidentified town in Spain. (JoseManuel / WikiCommons)

“Don Quixote,” and why the 17th Century mock epic of Cervantes still gets under our skin.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 10:00 am
People pass railway tracks as they approach the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija,Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Hundred of thousands migrants and refugees trying to reach the heart of Europe via Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Hungary have faced dangers, difficulties and delays on every link of the journey.  (AP)

Migrant meltdown out of the Middle East. Who would take these people? Should the US help? And how to stop a global problem at its source.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 11:00 am
Students and families move in to campus housing at the College of William and Mary on August 21, 2015. The College has come under close scrutiny for a number of student suicides in the last academic year. (Courtesy College of William and Mary / Facebook)

We’ll look at a soaring demand for mental health services on college campuses, and colleges grappling with how to respond.

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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
AWindowOpens

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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Feb 9, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie buttons his coat as he leaves Gilchrist Metal Company after a campaign event, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Hudson, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

We’re live in New Hampshire for the first in the nation primary day, with all the latest on how the big vote is shaping up.

Feb 9, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at a Rotary Club luncheon in Manchester, N.H., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

From New Hampshire, a deep dive, from Trump to Sanders, on how the candidates would approach the U.S. economy.

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Feb 8, 2016
Legendary film critic  Roger Ebert in an archival image from his early days at the Chicago Sun-Times. (Flickr / WikiCommons)

The critic speaks. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott on how to think about art, pleasure, beauty and truth.

 
Feb 8, 2016
Sign stands outside property for rent Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in south Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

If it feels like rents are sky-high, you’re right. Some now paying more than half their income on rent. Some say crisis. We’ll dig in.

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Notes From New Hampshire, #6: Bernie v. Hillary — The Electability Debate
Monday, Feb 8, 2016

Bill and Betty are not real New Hampshire voters. But their arguments about the Democratic race for President most certainly are.

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Notes From New Hampshire, #5: Ted Cruz — The Advocate
Monday, Feb 8, 2016

Texas Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is an impassioned advocate, Jack Beatty writes — but mostly for himself above all others.

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Notes From New Hampshire, #4: Donald Trump — You Heard It First!
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Jack Beatty recounts an evening rally with Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and wonders if the billionaire businessman is really looking for an exit.

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