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Behind 911: Challenges And Changes In Emergency Dispatch

From comforting traumatized callers to directing emergency personnel and fighting fatigue, the 911 operator has a critical role in public safety. We explore the challenges facing our region's emergency dispatchers and find out how new technology is changing their work.

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Justices Appear Divided On Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. In the courtroom, Chief Justice John Roberts' silence seemed to indicate that he likely will be the deciding vote in the case.
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The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

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$500M From Kuwait Among Pledges For Syrians Affected By War

Donor nations gathered in Kuwait City pledged tens of millions for those displaced by the more than 2-year-old civil war. The U.S. pledged $380 million, but Secretary of State John Kerry urged a political solution to the conflict.
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"The Square:" Behind The Headlines Of The Egyptian Revolution (Rebroadcast)

A new documentary takes viewers inside the Egyptian revolution, from the heady protests in Tahrir Square to the subsequent political upheaval.

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"The Burglary:" The Inside Story Of FBI Surveillance (Rebroadcast)

A new book reveals the long-secret identities of the 1971 burglars who disclosed FBI documents that proved the agency was spying on black and anti-war activists.

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U.S. Called On To Do More For Syrian Refugees

While diplomats prepare for next week's Syria peace conference, refugee officials warn there may not be a political settlement that allows all the millions of displaced Syrians to return to their homeland. The U.N. High Commission for Refugees wants the world community to take in some 30,000 Syrians. Renee Montagne discusses U.S. refugee policy with Sharon Waxman, vice president of the New York-based International Rescue Committee.
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Syrian Civil War Overwhelms Aid Groups

Secretary of State John Kerry is attending a donors conference in Kuwait to try to raise money for the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Millions of people have been forced from their homes and the U.N. has struggled to gain access to many parts of the country.
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Smoke Forces Boeing Jetliner To Be Grounded In Japan

Reports of white smoke from a battery compartment have temporarily grounded a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Japan. The incident happened nearly a year after all the new airliners were grounded due to a problem with batteries overheating.
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Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Do boundaries meant to protect patients and staff outside abortion clinics violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters? In 2000, the Supreme Court said no in a case involving "floating" buffer zones. But the issue is back before the court — which now has more conservative justices.

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