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Veterans Treatment Courts

When U.S. service members return home from war zones, many suffer from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries as well as anxiety and depression. They often need professional help, but too many turn to alcohol and drugs to cope. Increasing numbers of veterans have found themselves on the wrong side of the law after a downward spiral fueled by substance abuse. But there's hope. Across the country, more judges are putting offenders through veterans treatment courts instead of handing out prison sentences. Diane and her guests discuss how these new court programs are changing the lives of returning soldiers and their families.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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