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What Boston Means To America

The bombing of Boston's storied marathon struck at more than a crowded city street — it attacked a living reservoir of American heritage, culture and intellectualism.

GOP Wooing Women & Minorities

The next presidential election is years away, but Republicans are already reaching out to women and minorities. But what does the GOP need to do to win over these voters? Host Michel Martin asks blogger Viviana Hurtado; PJ Media's Bridget Johnson; and political science professor Andra Gillespie.

Asa Hutchinson: Gitmo, Guns, And Governorship Plans

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, a Republican. They talk about a report that recommends the use of armed guards in schools, as well as Hutchinson's run for governor of Arkansas.

Guantanamo Bay, One Piece Of Torturous Puzzle?

Several Guantanamo Bay detainees are on a months-long hunger strike. But the U.S. may have bigger problems when it comes to detainee treatment. A bipartisan study says it's undeniable that the U.S. tortured people after 9/11. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, and one of the co-chairs of the study.

Letter Sent To Obama Tests Positive For Ricin, FBI Says

Meanwhile, police were investigating suspicious packages at Senate office buildings. This comes a day after a letter to the Senate contained a substance that initially tested positive for ricin.


A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map of America

Put away that old Rand McNally map — it's time for a new way to see what America really looks like.

Texas Prosecutor Murder: Wife Of Jailed Ex-Justice Arrested

Mike McLelland, the district attorney in Kaufman County, and his wife were murdered in late March. In January, an assistant district attorney in the county was killed. Authorities are looking at whether a justice of the peace with a possible grudge, and his wife, were involved.

Boston Blasts Remind Us Of Fragility Of Life

The attack in Boston makes us think about our own vulnerability. Psychologists have used the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other tragedies to track the arc of recovery from this kind of incident.