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Local Impacts of Congress' Omnibus Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

Congressional appropriators have reached a deal to fund the federal government through September — with some perks for local jurisdictions but also some roadblocks. The measure would help buy new rail cars for Metro but would block D.C.'s recreational marijuana legalization. We examine local impacts of the spending plan.

Local Impacts of Congress's Omnibus Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

Congressional appropriators have reached deal to fund the federal government through September -- with some perks for local jurisdictions but also some roadblocks. The measure would help buy new rail cars for Metro but would block DC's recreational marijuana legalization. We examine local impacts of the spending plan.

Why Americans Give Up Their Citizenship

Wed, 2014-12-10 07:06

For many, a U.S. citizenship is invaluable, but in 2013 the number of Americans giving up the rights associated with it – of their own free will – tripled. Some expect the figure for this year to be larger still because of new, stricter tax laws, despite a five-fold increase in the fee you must pay to officially realign your nationality. We consider the factors pushing American expats to renounce their citizenship.

"Glimpsing Heaven:" The Science and Stories of Post-Death Experiences

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:32

It's one of the most mysterious -- yet divisive -- questions facing mankind: What happens after we die? For centuries, stories of those who suffered clinical death and came back to life with memories of other-worldly encounters were either ignored, suppressed, or dismissed by scientists as hallucinations. But the increasing use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, backed by a body of worldwide research, is lending scientific heft to a subject once thought untouchable. Kojo explores the stories and science behind post-death experiences, and finds out how these encounters change both patients and doctors.

"Torture Report" Released By Senate Committee

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:06

The Senate Intelligence Committee is releasing a long-awaited and controversial report detailing the CIA's counterterrorism interrogation tactics. U.S. embassies and bases around the world are on high alert awaiting the reaction. But the partisan divide over report and its release indicates it's not likely to resolve the central debate around the effectiveness of such tactics. We explore the issues.

U.S. Senate Releases "Torture Report"

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:06

The Senate Intelligence Committee is releasing a long-awaited and controversial report detailing the CIA's counter-terrorism interrogation tactics. U.S. embassies and bases around the world are on high alert awaiting the reaction. But the partisan divide over report and its release indicates it's not likely to resolve the central debate around the effectiveness of such tactics. We explore the issues.

Powering Our Mobile Devices: How to Boost Battery Life

Tue, 2014-12-09 07:06

We depend on them to stay connected on the go: not just our mobile devices but the batteries that keep them juiced up and ready to tweet, search or stream. But while the devices have evolved dramatically, battery technology is still inching along, relying on the same lithium-ion chemistry that's been used for two decades. Tech Tuesday explores ways to get more life out of the battery in your mobile device and considers innovations we may see in the future.

Sorting Science Fact from Science Fiction

Mon, 2014-12-08 08:32

Some of the fantastic creations of past science fiction works are now modern reality. The creative imaginations of authors, directors and prop masters have influenced engineers, researchers and inventors. And many of those working in fiction aim to base their speculation in sound scientific fact. We consider the ways in which science fiction has influenced scientific advances and vice versa.

The Challenge of Reporting On Rape

Mon, 2014-12-08 08:06

In November, an article in Rolling Stone about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia triggered a criminal investigation and a nationwide conversation about sexual assault on college campuses. The facts of the piece are now in dispute — and the magazine says its trust in the main source of the account was "misplaced." Kojo explores the challenge of reporting on the topic — and what's at stake in how the story about UVA proceeds.

Fighting Traffic Congestion With New Toll Lanes

Mon, 2014-12-08 07:35

Looking for a way to escape the road-choking traffic that plagues our region? In some areas, you can hop into express lanes and cruise at the speed limit to your destination -- if you're in a carpool or willing pay a price. Another set of high-occupancy toll lanes is opening on I-95 in Virginia, joining similar toll lanes on the Capital Beltway. We explore who uses them and whether this new darling of transportation planners will spring up on other highways around our region.

Law Enforcement and Transparency

Mon, 2014-12-08 07:06

In August 2013, an unarmed Fairfax man was shot dead by police. After the man's family filed a complaint into the police department's handling of the incident, the Justice Department stepped in, and now says the police department "withheld materials" in the case. We explore transparency and law enforcement, and how it fits into the current national conversation around police use of deadly force.

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