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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 | 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, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
Dr. Rick Sacra, an American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa walks into a room to take part in a media availability in front of his wife Debbie at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Friday Sept. 26, 2014 in Worcester, Mass. (AP)

Massachusetts’ own Dr. Rick Sacra contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. He survived, and is now headed back to West Africa. He explains why.

 
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 | 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 | 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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Mar 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

Mar 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

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Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

 
Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

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Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

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Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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