The sex scandals of Gen. David Petraeus and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair have triggered public conversations about ethics, national security and leadership. These high-profile cases of infidelity have also prompted private conversations about the challenges of military marriage.
When people have questions about the end of the world — the predictions of the Mayan calendar or other apocalyptic events — they often turn to the Internet. NASA astrobiologist David Morrison has taken it upon himself to answer thousands of questions about the science of existential threats.
The state's otter population has exploded from 100 just a few decades ago to more than 15,000. They're eating their fill at ponds and fish farms, and are expected to soon double again in population if left unchecked. That's led Illinois to open the first otter trapping season in 83 years.
Jonathan Kozol has chronicled the lives of lower income children for nearly fifty years. In his new book, Fire In The Ashes, Kozol writes about families that he met in the 1980s, and the inspiring — and sometimes tragic — turns their lives have taken. He shares their stories with host Michel Martin.
Congress comes back to work this week and the fiscal cliff is its top priority. Some Republicans have said they'll break a longstanding pledge not to raise taxes. Host Michel Martin talks politics with columnist Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.
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