Melissa Block speaks with Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, about the approved one-time use of peaceful civil disobedience for the first time in the group's history. They will be participating in a climate rally in February in Washington, D.C.
While Chicago and Detroit are struggling to control rising murder rates, New York City hit a record low number of homicides in 2012. The police commissioner has often pointed to several controversial policing tactics for falling crime, but some analysts say there are many potential explanations.
Mainers say the shrimp have a sweet and delicate flavor. But there won't be many of them to go around this year. The fishing season is short, the allowable catch is small and the number of shrimp in the Gulf of Maine has been dwindling for a while now.
Twitter launches Vine, a video-sharing app that allows users to post succinct videos directly onto tweets. The app is reminiscent of Instagram and seems familiar at a time when animated GIFs are all the rage.
President Obama offered a more full-throated defense of government in his inaugural address than has been heard from a major politician in a generation. Obama may be seeking to shift debate from defending programs to praising the value of government as a whole.
Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, just turned 40. Host Neal Conan speaks with Linda Greenhouse, who covered the Supreme Court and writes in a New York Times opinion piece that it was about "the rights of doctors...acting in what they considered to be the best interest of their patients."
Confirmation hearings begin on Thursday for President Obama's pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nominee Sen. John Kerry told a Senate committee that he would come to the job at a moment when the world is "complicated and ever more dangerous."
The military's lift of the combat ban for women potentially opens up thousands of front-line positions, but many women in uniform argue they've long served in front-line units. Host Neal Conan talks to Lt. Col. Samantha Nerove about what the change may mean and her experiences in the military.
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