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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces some personal changes, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, during a briefing at the Pentagon.  (AP)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to downsize the military, shrink the US Army to the lowest levels since before World War II. We’ll look at what that would mean.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Hezbollah fighters, left, mourn as they carry the coffin of their commander Ali Bazzi, who was killed in Syria during a battle against the Syrian rebels, during his funeral procession, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Hezbollah announced that two of its members, including a local commander, were killed while "performing their jihadi duties." Syrian troops captured a western town near the country's main north-south highway on Monday as the government forged ahead with a punishing offensive in a mountainous region near the border with Lebanon, state media said. (AP)

Has the moderate, Western-backed rebel force collapsed in Syria? And what if it’s an Islamist rebellion now?

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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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Monday, January 17, 2011 | 11:00 AM
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower makes his farewell address, Jan. 17, 1961. (AP)

Fifty years on, we look back on war hero and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning against America’s “military-industrial complex.” Author James Ledbetter and military scholar Andrew Bacevich join us.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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Senior American commanders in Afghanistan want to expand operations in Pakistan, according to some sources. What would that mean? Plus, peace activist and writer Chris Hedges.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | 10:00 AM
U.S. Army patrol in Afghanistan. (AP)

President Obama has now signed a law repealing the policy. How will the military make it all work? We look at implementing the future.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Willard, head of U.S. Pacific Command, said U.S.-China military relations remain “problematic.” And asked about whether repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” could work, he said, “I think so.”

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Monday, November 8, 2010 | 11:00 AM
U.S. Navy ships in an exercise off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. (AP)

Oceanic conversations with Simon Winchester on the Atlantic and with the admiral who heads up U.S. Pacific Command.

 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Courtesy of Kellog, Northwestern (Photo: Nathan Mandell)

What will it take to re-boot the American economy? Top business school deans from around the country weigh in on how they see the next frontier. Plus, we hear more about a federal judge’s ruling on “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Noam Chomsky at the On Point studio, Sept. 28, 2010 (WBUR's Jesse Costa)

A conversation with Noam Chomsky, legend of the left, on Obama, America, and the world.

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May 5, 2016
Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Detroit Public Schools transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. The mass sick-out has forced the district to close 94 of its 97 schools. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. The state earlier gave the district $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep it open through June 30 as the Legislature considers a $720 million restructuring plan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fixing Michigan- from Flint’s water crisis to failing schools in Detroit. Are state takeovers the answers or the problem?

May 5, 2016
BEING CHARLIE Common and Nick Robinson Photo by Fred Hayes (PALADIN Release)

Director and actor Rob Reiner and his son, Nick, get personal in their new film “Being Charlie,” which takes on his son’s drug addiction.

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May 4, 2016
Leslie Stahl with her grandchild Jordan. (Courtesy: Leslie Stahl)

Trailblazing journalist Lesley Stahl on her new book Becoming Grandma, and the joys, the science, the struggles, the evolution of being a grandparent today.

 
May 4, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his wife Melania, right, and daughter Ivanka, left, as he arrives for a primary night news conference, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Results from the 2016 Indiana primary. Does it cement two pathways to the nominations?

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Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

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‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

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That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

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