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Yann Martel: "The High Mountains of Portugal"

Mon, 2016-02-08 11:06

Canadian author Yann Martel is known for his blockbuster book “Life of Pi.” The novel about a boy lost at sea with a tiger won a Man Booker prize and was made into an Oscar-winning movie. His new book is three interconnected tales – a quest, a ghost story and fable. It’s set in the mythical mountains of Portugal in different time periods. Three men are grieving the death of loved ones and cope in different ways. Like “Life of Pi,” the book explores philosophical questions about faith and home. And it also includes an animal – this time a chimpanzee. A conversation with Yann Martel about loss, religion and writing.

Understanding The Risks Of The Zika Virus

Mon, 2016-02-08 10:06

As parts of the U-S prepare to contend with the Zika virus, experts are looking for ways to mitigate risk and ensure the public has accurate information. The latest on the spread and risks of the Zika virus.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-02-05 11:06

The U.N. suspends Syrian peace talks until late this month. The U.S. plans to quadruple military spending in Europe as a signal to Russia. And American officials express concern about ISIS in Libya. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-02-05 10:06

As the New Hampshire primary looms, Republicans brawl over tactics used in the Iowa caucuses. The FBI joins the Flint drinking water investigation. And President Obama calls for religious tolerance at his first mosque visit. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Julian Borger: "The Butcher's Trail: How The Search For Balkan War Criminals Became The World's Most Successful Manhunt"

Thu, 2016-02-04 11:06

The wars accompanying the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s included the kind of brutality Europe vowed never to allow again – mass killings, the creation of concentration camps and systematic “ethnic cleansing.” After the Dayton Accords brought peace to the region, the question of how to mete out justice became key to maintaining stability. The UN created an international criminal tribunal, the first truly global court set up to pursue war criminals. It began with a list of 161 suspects. Fourteen years later, the court had accounted for every single one. The story of one of the world’s most successful manhunts.

Calls For Women To Register for The Draft: How The Role Of Women In The Military Is Changing

Thu, 2016-02-04 10:19

The role of women in the military is changing. After the recent decision to open all combat roles to female service members, this week two top military officers say women should register for future military drafts.

Update On The Zika Virus

Thu, 2016-02-04 10:06

Florida declares a health emergency in counties with the Zika virus; a case is sexually-transmitted in Texas. We get an update on the spread and risks of the Zika virus.

Environmental Outlook: The Growth Of Large-Scale Indoor Urban Farming

Wed, 2016-02-03 11:06

The face of agriculture is dramatically changing in and around cities worldwide. From Anchorage, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan, multi-story indoor farms provide fresh produce, fish and other products to local residents. Some facilities are greenhouses using natural sunlight, others use grow lights. Proponents of these farms argue they use less water and pesticides, while reducing transportation costs and carbon emissions. But critics argue they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. Guest host Maria Hinojosa and a panel of guests discuss the pros and cons of indoor urban farms for this month’s Environmental Outlook.

The White House And Congress Debate Efforts To Address Puerto Rico's Growing Economic Crisis

Wed, 2016-02-03 10:06

Puerto Rico's governor has warned for months that the U-S territory is in a "death spiral" with its crushing seventy-two-billion-dollar debt. Join us to discuss Puerto Rico's financial crisis and new actions being considered by the White House and Congress.

David Linden: Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

Tue, 2016-02-02 11:06

The sensation of touch is vital to nearly every aspect of the human experience. The way our bodies’ touch circuits are organized affects everything we do from making choices about what to buy, using language and how we experience both pleasure and pain. Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist David Linden explains how the biology works and the different brain systems that process this key sensation. He’ll also explain why context is critical when it comes to touch — from skin to nerves to brain — and why touch is crucial to our sense of self and our experience of the world.

Analysis Of The Iowa Caucus Results

Tue, 2016-02-02 10:06

We'll discuss the results of the first major test of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Shortages Of Children's Cancer Drugs And How To Allocate Them

Mon, 2016-02-01 11:06

U.S. doctors and hospitals face a critical shortage of some potentially life-saving drugs for children with cancer. Ethical questions about how to decide who gets them.

New White House And State Proposals That Aim To Close The Gender Pay Gap

Mon, 2016-02-01 10:06

The Obama administration announces new rules for companies aimed at closing the gender pay gap. At the same time, equal pay advocates are introducing legislation in at least twenty-four states. Guest-host Maria Hinojosa and a panel of guests discuss what this could mean for women, businesses and wages.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-01-29 11:06

Denmark faces a backlash over a new law to seize the valuables of asylum-seekers. Syrian peace talks hit a snag. And the World Health Organization warns the Zika virus is "spreading explosively." A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-01-29 10:06

Presidential candidates make final campaign sprints through Iowa. Republicans plan to debate without Donald Trump. And Michigan's governor appoints a committee to fix Flint's water crisis. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

David Kaczynski: "Every Last Tie: The Story Of The Unabomber And His Family"

Thu, 2016-01-28 11:06

It has been nearly twenty years since the FBI arrested Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, ending his trail of terror that left three dead and dozens injured. The man who tipped off authorities was his own brother. He’ll join us to tell his family’s story.

Who's Likely To Vote In Upcoming Presidential Primaries And Why It Matters

Thu, 2016-01-28 10:06

Voter turnout in primaries and caucuses is typically low — but this time may be different. Several candidates are counting on the motivation of nontraditional primary voters. We discuss who's likely to vote in the early contests and why it matters.

A Grand Jury Indicts Two Abortion Opponents Who Made Undercover Videos Of Planned Parenthood

Wed, 2016-01-27 11:06

A grand jury in Texas investigating Planned Parenthood instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization: Join us to discuss what makes an undercover investigation criminal and the ongoing political battle over Planned Parenthood's role and funding.

New Rules For Juveniles In the Criminal Justice System

Wed, 2016-01-27 10:06

President Obama announces a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison. And the Supreme Court rules that prisoners given mandatory life sentences for murder as teenagers can argue for their release. New rules for juveniles in the criminal justice system.

Adult Sibling Relationships

Tue, 2016-01-26 11:06

Stories of siblings are everywhere in our culture from famous books like “Little Women” to some of the best known tales of the Bible. They provide morality tales and inform how we think about our own brothers and sisters. An estimated 80 percent of Americans have siblings, and whether those relationships are good, bad or somewhere in between, researchers and therapists say they are some of the most important and longest of our lives. But they are also little understood and often overlooked. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and her panel of guests discuss what shapes adult sibling relationships.

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