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Friday, February 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Jordanians chant slogans to show their support for the government against terror during a rally in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Jordanian warplanes bombed Islamic State targets on Thursday, state TV said, after Jordan's King Abdullah II vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the militants who control large areas of neighboring Syria and Iraq. (AP)

Jordan vows revenge on ISIS. Measles anger. Arms for Ukraine. Harper Lee’s new novel. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Officials examine the railroad crossing and the back of a Metro-North Railroad commuter train, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 in Valhalla, N.Y. Five train passengers and the SUV’s driver were killed in Tuesday evening’s crash in Valhalla, about 20 miles north of New York City. (AP)

American roads, rails and bridges are in need of massive repair. President Obama wants to tax American companies’ overseas profits to pay the bill. Is that the way to go?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Volunteers of battalion "St. Maria" line up during a ceremony before to start military training in Internal Ministry unit at Sophia Square near the St. Sophia Cathedral in the Ukrainian capital in Kiev, Ukraine,Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP)

Arming Ukraine. Should the US do it? Russia is backing a new offensive and economic sanctions aren’t stopping it. We’ll hear the debate.

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Monday, February 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Cystic fibrosis, shown here in a high resolution computed tomographic image, is one of the many conditions that personalized medicine advocates say could be revolutionized by the individually tailored treatment. (M-P Anthony, S Singham, B Soans, G Tyler / WikiCommons)

Precision medicine, tailored to your genes. President Obama announces a big push. We’ll take a look at the track record and potential. Plus: we’ll look at the growing measles outbreak around the United States.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP)

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
A Cuban flag and an American flag stand in the press room during the second day of talks between U.S. and Cuban officials, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP)

President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. “American Sniper” controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama listens to applause as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, applaud in the background.  (AP)

The State of the Union. President Obama’s telling. His push. And the GOP reply.

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

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

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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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ONPOINT
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Mar 5, 2015
A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

Mar 5, 2015
One in four women use psychiatric medication. The reasons for the medication aren't always so clear. (Flickr)

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

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Mar 4, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

 
Mar 4, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We’ll dig in.

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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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