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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-02-12 11:06

The U.S. warns that Russian airstrikes in Syria are harming peace talks. NATO sends warships to the Aegean Sea to deter migrant smuggling. And in a rebuke to North Korea, Seoul closes a shared industrial complex. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-02-12 10:06

The Republican presidential field narrows after a dramatic New Hampshire primary. The Department of Justice sues Ferguson, Missouri after the city amends a police reform deal. And the Supreme Court puts President Obama's climate regulations on hold. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

"The Anatomy Of Love," 25 Years Later

Thu, 2016-02-11 11:06

In the early '90s, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher wrote "The Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray." Now she's back with an updated version that incorporates new research and explores how love has changed in the last quarter century.

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Thu, 2016-02-11 10:06

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

Erika Christakis: "The Importance Of Being Little"

Wed, 2016-02-10 11:06

Last October, Yale lecturer Erika Christakis sent an email questioning whether university administrators should advise students on what Halloween costumes to wear. It resulted in protests on campus and a heated debate around the country. She discusses the events at Yale and her new book -- a look at how we educate little ones. She says rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way.

Analysis Of The New Hampshire Primary

Wed, 2016-02-10 10:06

New Hampshire holds the nation's first primary election. The winners, the losers and what the results could mean for the presidential candidates vying for the Democratic and Republican nominations.

Improving Doctor-Patient Communication In A Digital World

Tue, 2016-02-09 11:06

Communication between a doctor and patient is ripe for misunderstanding – time constraints, medical jargon, and emotion are all in the mix. Some surveys say a majority of patients misunderstand their directions after a visit to the doctor, or even leave the hospital without knowing their diagnosis. But today, healthcare providers are giving patients new ways of reaching doctors for questions or concerns – including email, texting, and even video chatting. Some say this is the inevitable future of medicine, and will improve the patient experience. But many urge caution, pointing to drawbacks for physicians and patients both. A conversation about how our digital world is changing doctor-patient relationships.

What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

Tue, 2016-02-09 10:06

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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.

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