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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 11:00 am
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.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 10:00 am
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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Monday, April 14, 2014 | 11:00 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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Monday, April 14, 2014 | 10:00 am
Activists of the international environmentalist organization Greenpeace pose with posters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014, to support clean energy. After a one week meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Berlin the final document which was  released on Sunday said that a global shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels like oil and coal are required to avoid potentially devastating sea level rise, flooding, droughts and other impacts of warming. (AP)

An urgent call to act on climate. A top UN panel says we have just 15 years to avoid calamity.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) receives bad news from her personal aide Gary (Tony Walsh). (HBO)

The HBO series “Veep” is back for a third season. We talk to Armando Iannucci, the show’s creator about politicians real and satirical.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 | 10:00 am
Emergency responders gather in the parking lot of the high school on the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP)

School stabbings. Ukrainian consequences. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns. Computer heartbleed vulnerability. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this September of 2013 photo released by the University of Michigan Health System, families lay flowers on a casket containing donors’ cremated remains at the University of Michigan Medical School’s annual memorial service in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP)

New trends in eco-friendly funerals and burials—how they reflect how we’re dealing with death.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this file photo, Adriana Kugler, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor, speaks during the Working for Women - Lansing forum at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development at Michigan State University in Lansing, MI, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Jeffrey Sauger/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg’s success suggests growing opportunity for women but our guests say the reality for most women is much less rosy.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 11:00 am
Dogg Frank is On Point producer Katherine Brewer's brand new Burmese Mountain puppy. He enjoys cuddling, napping and eating and strongly dislikes thunder. (Kat Brewer / WBUR)

Cats and dogs as family members. Pet parenthood. Our relationship with our pets is changing – we take a look.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 10:00 am
Pro-Russian activists shout during a rally at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, as the makings of an improved self-appointed government began to take shape, with demonstrators dug in for their third day at the 11-storey regional administration headquarters. (AP)

Ukraine’s hot, the Mideast is a mess. Is this White House shrewdly realigning American foreign policy or frittering away its powers?

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this file photo, former Toledo Mudhens third baseman Brandon Inge (15) on deck in a Triple-A baseball game against the Indianapolis Indians in Toledo, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. (AP)

Sunshine and fly balls. It’s baseball season again and we’re going minor – to the grit and gamble of the minor leagues.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 10:00 am
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) are two leading voices in the Republican Party. (AP)

The future of the GOP from Obamacare to 2016. We’ll talk to Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

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Monday, April 7, 2014 | 11:00 am
This Monday, March 24, 2014 photo shows director Errol Morris posing for a photo in Los Angeles. Morris directed the recently released film "The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld." (AP)

Filmmaker Errol Morris sets his camera on Donald Rumsfeld in his new documentary “The Unknown Known.” Errol Morris joins us.

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Monday, April 7, 2014 | 10:00 am
Afghan election workers carry ballot boxes and election materials on donkeys to deliver to polling stations in Dara-e-Noor district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP)

The voting for a new President in Afghanistan, and where the country stands now.

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Friday, April 4, 2014 | 11:00 am
Health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea, Monday, March 31, 2014. Health authorities in Guinea are facing an "unprecedented epidemic" of Ebola, the international aid group Doctors Without Borders warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78. (AP)

Africa’s wrestling with a new Ebola outbreak. We’ll look at what’s happening, and the efforts to keep this from going global.

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Friday, April 4, 2014 | 10:00 am
Lucy Hamlin and her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin wait for permission to re-enter the Fort Hood military base, where they live, following a shooting on base on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP)

Fort Hood shooting, again. GM’s CEO in the hot seat. Money politics. Obamacare signup. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 11:00 am
Author Jared Diamond in the WBUR Studios. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

“Guns, Germs and Steel” author Jared Diamond on how a rising generation may handle a world of environmental challenge.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 10:00 am
Republican activist Shaun McCutcheon of Hoover, Ala., right, leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, after the court's hearing on campaign finance. The court ruled in his favor on April 2, 2014, greatly reducing U.S. restrictions on campaign finance. (AP)

The Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on personal political campaign contributions. We’ll look at the court’s vision of wide-open, big-money politics.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 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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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 10:00 am
General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.  (AP)

GM’s CEO in the hot seat on Capitol Hill over messy recalls and maybe a cover up. We’ll look at what happened in the so-called “New Detroit.” Plus, a look at the popular electric car company Tesla Motors.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this photo taken Saturday, March 22, 2014, a relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines, MH370, presents a slideshow showing a map of the route the missing plane took at a hotel meeting room in Beijing, China. The words on top reads "2. About the issue of time." (AP)

A deep history of maps and navigation, from the ancient Polynesians to the pinpoint GPS on your smart phone now and the pinpoint tracking to come.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 10:00 am
US President Barack Obama with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP)

The United States and Saudi Arabia — longtime allies now divided on some big issues. We look at how they’re both engaging with a reshaped Middle East.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 | 11:00 am
In Darren Aronovsky's new film "Noah," Russell Crowe plays the titular biblical patriarch. (Paramount Pictures)

Noah’s Ark hits the big screen. We’ll talk with top theologians about the meaning of the story of Noah and the Great Flood.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 | 10:00 am
This photo taken Sunday May 17, 2009 shows a Blue Cheeseburger with Fried Pickled Onions. A new study suggests that saturated fats are not as harmful as they were once considered to be. (AP)

Saturated fats. For decades, they’ve been taboo. Now new research is raising questions with them. A big look, with Mark Bittman and more.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 | 11:00 am
Bruce Weber biked across the United States. His new book, "Life is a Wheel," narrates that journey. (Marcus Yam)

Biking coast to coast. It’s on a lot of bucket lists. Bruce Weber did it. He brings us his tale of 4000 miles.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 | 10:00 am
Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. (AP)

Russia and the West. Contraception and the Supreme Court. President Obama and the Pope. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Facebook purchased the startup company for an estimated $2 billion this March. (AP)

Facebook buys Oculus VR for two billion dollars and makes a big bet on virtual reality.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 10:00 am
Searchers slowly move through a field of debris following a deadly mudslide, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP)

The latest from the Washington state mudslide disaster, and the actual geology of mudslide risk.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 11:00 am
Stanford's Josh Huestis, left, and Dwight Powell, right, celebrate as Kansas' Tarik Black (25) watches in the background after in a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Stanford won 60-57. (AP)

What are the odds? Nobody won the perfect March Madness bracket billion. We’ll look at the science and emotions of probability.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama, center rear, gathered with G7 world leaders, clockwise from left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday March 24, 2014, in the sidelines of the Nuclear security Summit.

The G8 becomes the G7. We’ll look at the U.S., Europe and the Russia challenge now.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 11:00 am
A worker walks in the main building of Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba.com, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Shanghai. China. (AP)

China’s Alibaba – its Amazon – prepares an American IPO. We’ll look at the booming Internet landscape on the other side of the world.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 10:00 am
Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. (AP)

The plans of Hillary Clinton. She’s very visible. Is she running for the Presidency, 2016? We’ll look at the for and against around Hillary Clinton.

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Monday, March 24, 2014 | 11:00 am
An endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. (AP)

A California bill would ban keeping orcas – killer whales — in captivity for entertainment. SeaWorld is preparing for battle. We’ll dive in.

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Monday, March 24, 2014 | 10:00 am
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, as she answers questions from Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee during its review of President Obama’s budget requests, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

One week to the March 31st sign-up deadline for Obamacare. We’ll look at where the big health plan stands.

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Friday, March 21, 2014 | 11:00 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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Friday, March 21, 2014 | 10:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Russia faces further sanctions from the European Union on Thursday over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander. (AP)

Malaysia Flight 370. Crimea, annexed by Russia. Car company troubles. March Madness. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 11:00 am
Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, pictured in a 1710 portrait. (Charles Jervas / Creative Commons)

Jonathan Swift wrote “Gulliver’s Travels” and blistering satire on human nature. He’s relevant again. We’ll bring back Jonathan Swift.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 10:00 am
Inmates flash hand signals at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he plans to implement all the reforms suggested by a commission in the wake of allegations that a culture of violence flourished in his jails. (AP)

The big new push to bring down America’s world-leading prison population. It’s got traction.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Tuesday, March 11, 2014 photo, an aid worker measures the upper arm circumference of 9-month-old Shurouk as her mother Mervat, 31, holds her inside their tent at a camp for Syrian refugees camp in Kab Elias, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. uch stark malnutrition was rare in Syria in the past, but as the country’s conflict enters its fourth year, international aid workers fear malnutrition is rising among children in Syria and among refugees amid the collapse in the health care system. (AP)

Syria’s children, and the human toll of three years of war.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 10:00 am
Malaysian acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, second from right, speaks as Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, right, Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation director general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, second left, and Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahyain listen during a press conference at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP)

We go to Malaysia to look at the country where the Flight 370 mystery began. Political battles and ethnic tensions.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 11:00 am
Poet Malcolm London. (Courtesy Malcolm London)

From Chicago, a young, new poet gives voice to one of America’s great cities, and its tough streets. Malcolm London joins us.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.  (AP)

Crimeans have voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Now come the sanctions, the counter-sanctions –and the big questions on where the stand-off ends.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 | 11:00 am
Novelist and National Book Award-winning Alice McDermott. (Jamie Schoenberger / Epic Photography)

On St. Patrick ‘s Day, remembering and living with beloved Irish-American writer Alice McDermott.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 | 10:00 am
Firefighters look over the site of a building explosion in New York, Friday, March 14, 2014. Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, continued to treat it as a rescue operation, holding onto the possibility of finding survivors from a blast that brought down two apartment buildings and killed at least eight people. (AP)

New York’s explosion in Harlem is a grim reminder of the country’s enormous and aging gas infrastructure. We’ll look at the risks and looming costs of what lies beneath.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 | 11:00 am
A new Pew Research Center study shows the Millennial generation (young adults younger than 33 and older than 18) are less trusting, more political independent and more diverse than previous American generation. (Creative Commons)

Millennials make their own way. Less trusting. More politically independent. We’ll look at a big study of millennials, and the American future.

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Friday, March 14, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this March 9, 2014 satellite image seen on the website of the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, floating objects are seen at sea next to the red arrow which was added by the source. China's Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that the images show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam. (AP)

Prison sentences. Overtime pay. The C.I.A. versus the Senate. And Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 11:00 am
Indonesian Air Force officers examine a map of the Malacca Strait during a briefing following a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, at Suwondo air base in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.  (AP)

The very latest on the Malaysian passenger liner Flight 370 that just vanished.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 10:00 am
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. The issue stems from the investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program.  (AP)

Senator Dianne Feinstein accuses the CIA of spying on the Senate. We’ll look at her fight over the reach and record of American intelligence.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, two wooden coffins, center rear, of the bodies of Congolese soldiers that were killed in an Thursday's ambush, are moved to an airstrip to be flown to Kinshasa, from Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP)

We go to Congo with a young journalist who lived and reported there and look at how we get our foreign news today.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this file photo, Garry Kasparov, front, a Russian opposition leader and former world chess champion leaves a police station after testifying in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP)

We’ll talk with Russian political activist, and world chess champion Garry Kasparov about Russia, Ukraine and going after Vladimir Putin’s oligarchs.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
Microbiologist Tatiana Travis reads a panel to check on a bacterium's resistance to an antibiotic in an antimicrobial resistance and characterization lab within the Infectious Disease Laboratory at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP)

Antibiotics and obesity. Whether it’s possible that antibiotics plump up humans the same way they do animals, livestock. Plus, we check in on the third anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, leans in to listen to Xen Hesse as the two each lunch at Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. (AP)

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that underfunded poor schools are unconstitutional. So now what, in Kansas and across the country?

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Monday, March 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this January 2013 photo provided by Penn Medicine, a technician removes a case of modified T cells genetically modified to resist HIV infection from storage in an ultra-low temperature freezer for testing at the Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising. (AP)

A second infant seems clear of H.I.V. after a new treatment. We’ll look at the latest on the frontlines of A.I.D.S.

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Monday, March 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
A monument to Ukrainian poet and writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against an apartment building with a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russia's state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom said Tuesday it will cancel a price discount on gas it sells to Ukraine.  (AP)

The new push to export American natural gas and fracking technology to undercut Russia. We look at the new Great Game.

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Friday, March 7, 2014 | 11:00 am
syrup

It’s sugar season in the maple forests of the U.S. and Canada. We’ll look at the secrets of the maple syrup industry, and how it’s dealing with climate change.

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Friday, March 7, 2014 | 10:00 am
Local residents hold Sovivet flag as members of Cossack militia guard the local parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine, on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Lawmakers in Crimea declared their intention Thursday to split from Ukraine and join Russia instead, and scheduled a referendum in 10 days for voters to decide the fate of the disputed peninsula. (AP)

Crisis over Russia and Ukraine. Another delay for Obamacare. Big changes to the SAT. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 11:00 am
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., taks on his phone just off the Senate floor following lunch with fellow Democrats, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. His daughter's M.B.A. was determined to have been incorrectly granted in 2008 after a lengthy investigation. (AP)

Nepotism in America. From the political elite to the boardroom suite, we’ll look at the rise of family ties. Plus, we’ll look at the new shape of the SAT exam, and what it will mean for young college applicants.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 10:00 am
his Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo shows a sculpture made of empty water bottles in Burlington, Vt. New research presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant.  (AP)

More scrutiny of plastics. Evidence of potential danger now, even in the kinds that were supposed to be safe. We’ll get the latest.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 11:00 am
Bela Fleck, left, and Tony Trischka perform at a benefit concert celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in New York.  (AP)

Tony Trischka, the man who made the banjo bigger, jazzier and more worldly brings his banjo to our studio.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 10:00 am
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, a distinguished senior fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago, meets with Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on campus, to announce the launch of an innovative collaboration between the University, Chicago Harris, and the City of Gary during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 in Chicago. (AP)

We’ll talk with the mayor of Gary, Indiana – Karen Freeman-Wilson – about schools, jobs, prisons, unemployment, and the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” push to help young men of color.

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

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

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

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

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A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

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

 
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In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

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

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NPR’s Chris Arnold took part in a remarkable new reporting series tackling the rise of garnished wages as a way to pay off debt. He talked to us today about the series.

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Our Week In The Web: September 19, 2014
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Lots of big, contentious topics on the show this week — from Zionism to early education, corporal punishment to development in the Grand Canyon.

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