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An 'Absolute Will To Forget': Iraq Casts Shorter Shadow Than Vietnam

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. It's been a little more than a year since the last U.S. troops left, yet the conflict seems nearly forgotten — a striking contrast with the decades it took the nation to get over Vietnam.

Norman Francis On 45 Years At Xavier's Helm

Xavier University of Louisiana has a number of distinctions. It is the country's only historically black, Catholic University. Plus, it's one of the leading universities when it comes to sending African-American students on to medical school. And at 45 years, no other university's president has served longer than Xavier's Norman Francis.

Can Arizona Demand Voters' Proof Of Citizenship?

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about an Arizona law that requires voters to prove their citizenship before registering. Host Michel Martin discusses that and other voting rights cases with Hans Von Spakovsky of conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, and Spencer Overton of George Washington Law.

Breast-feeding Mothers Living In First Food Deserts

Most people are aware of the positive effects of breast-feeding. But in many areas of the country, breast-feeding is not the cultural norm, and there's little support available for mothers. Host Michel Martin talks with Kimberly Seals Allers, the co-author of a new report on so-called "first food deserts," and a nursing mother, Areti Gourzis.

Two Steubenville Girls Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Rape Victim

The teenagers allegedly posted threats on Twitter and Facebook. The victim was raped by two high school football players — a crime that drew national and international attention after photos and messages put online by the attackers sparked outrage.

Former Student Planned To Stage Attack At Central Florida University

Police say James Seevakumaran left behind notes about what he hoped to do. But he took his own life instead. A roommate's 911 call and the arrival of police on the scene may have combined to avert a tragedy.